Porcelain Pavers in Chicago Garden Design
Delicate and decorative, porcelain tiles have been used inside homes for centuries. They add a wonderful touch of color and quality to the interior of a home. Fortunately, new methods and procedures in making porcelain mean that homeowners can now purchase thicker porcelain pavers that are perfect for exterior use in gardens, walkways, terraces, and pool areas.
Porcelain pavers are now available in ¾” and 1 ¼” thicknesses which make them ideal for outdoor use. They are durable, easy to clean, and are not damaged by water. These pavers are also skid-resistant, making them a safer product than wood, which can get slippery when wet. The inorganic make up of the porcelain means that it does not expand and shrink when subjected to temperature changes, and it does not become more brittle in the cold.
But it is the load capacity that has attracted the attention of architects and landscapers. Porcelain pavers can hold up to 2,000 pounds of weight without breaking or cracking, making them well-suited for high traffic areas.
Another attractive feature is the ease of installation. Landscapers can simply lay the pavers onto grass, dirt, sand, or pea gravel. They can be used on terraces without the need for grout, too. Installation is not only easy, but it is also fast. A homeowner can quickly change the exterior of his home, giving it a modern face lift, by installing porcelain pavers.
Porcelain pavers have a lot more benefits, as well. They are more durable and long-lasting than wood and less porous than stone, which means they don’t need occasional sealing to protect them from stains and water damage. Porcelain pavers are a “green” material because they are made using kiln-dried clay instead of living materials like exotic hardwood trees. Porcelain pavers are resistant to the fading power of the sun, so they will keep their colors bright for years. And porcelain pavers are versatile, with designs to suit any taste and décor. Whether a homeowner selects a natural, pastoral paver or a chic, stately one, the overall appearance of the exterior area will be enhanced by the polished, high-quality appearance of the porcelain pavers.
When it comes time to plan your outdoor living space, take a look at porcelain pavers. Perfect for patios, terraces, walkways, and more, these stunning pavers may look beautifully delicate, but they are tough, scratch-resistant, and durable, with staying-power, to boot!