With the trend for outdoor living and exterior scaping continuing to influence interior spaces, an increasing number of commercial and residential projects are turning to porcelain tiles to transform floors. An ideal material for use indoors and out, large format porcelain tiles deliver a robust, hard-wearing floor covering that will stand the test of time. Easy to install and maintain, these tiles now come in a wide variety of styles, colours, and finishes making them a popular choice.
Highly versatile, porcelain tiles work well in all manner of projects transforming large-scale commercial projects or new build developments as well as consumer homes. Ideal for bringing contemporary style to floors in restaurants and hotels, they can also help to transform outdoor seating areas and balconies and rooftop havens adding style and durability to any commercial space. Smaller projects can also benefit from the functionality of porcelain, especially patios and conservatories, connecting the indoors with the out. Over recent years gardens and outdoor spaces have evolved offering both function and form. Now an extra room, these spaces provide a valuable opportunity to create more space within any renovation project.
Porcelain tiles offer a long-lasting floor covering that can withstand outdoor weather conditions while providing a safe, aesthetically pleasing design solution. While traditional stone flagstones and timber decking remain popular, the growth is within porcelain tiles that can be installed indoors and out, allowing designers and home owners to create a wide range of functional spaces that also deliver in the style stakes.
A robust, durable solution
Versatile and functional, 20mm porcelain tiles deliver a hard-wearing floor covering that can withstand heavy use and extreme weather conditions. Perfectly suited to high traffic areas, they offer an excellent slip rating of R11 for added safety outdoors. Fade resistant, even in strong sunlight, porcelain will retain its good looks for years to come with no sealing or special maintenance needed. Easy to clean with a brush and warm soapy water or porcelain cleaner, porcelain tiles are resistant to algae and moss, preventing any colour changes over time and eliminating slippery surfaces which can often be an issue with real timber and stone.
Frost proof, porcelain tiles will not crack during winter months or harsh weather conditions, making them ideally suited to the British climate. Each tile is manufactured to tight tolerances ensuring an even thickness and level surface for a secure surface underfoot, and have rectified edges for a premium finish. With many collections offering a co-ordinating 10mm indoor tile, the look can easily be extended from conservatory or kitchen to the patio for a seamless continuous design.
Installation and slip resistance
Porcelain has a reputation for being difficult to install. However quite the opposite is true. Available in a range of large formats, installation inside or outside is simple and straightforward, with fewer grout lines and cuts needed. Strong and robust, the tiles can be cut with a water-fed diamond blade for a perfect fit every time.
Porcelain tiles can be installed in the same way as a traditional patio using sand and cement. However, they will require a layer of priming slurry to the back of the tile to ensure they bond to the substrate. For a simple solution that does not require specialist installation, porcelain tiles can also be loose laid onto grass or gravel.
The pedestal installation system is also an advantage for installers. With many design schemes requiring a raised patio, the pedestal system easily elevates the tiles without the need for specialist equipment or adhesive. As the pedestals are not fixed, the tiles can be moved around or removed if any last minute changes are made to the design or if there are any issues to address with uneven substrates.
The pedestal system also delivers a clever solution for hiding equipment such as pipes or cables. Once installed, the pedestals create empty space underneath the patio, allowing installers to create a seamless, clutter free finish. As the tiles are not grouted when installed with the pedestal system, water naturally drains through the gaps, ensuring water does not sit on top of the patio.
Unlike flagstones and decking, the beauty of porcelain tiles lies in the wide range of striking designs that is available, which appeals to all consumer tastes. Natural materials, tactile matt textures, dark or light tones; the design possibilities are endless. Printed using the latest technology, porcelain tiles can deliver a whole host of different finishes from classic travertine effects through to contemporary concrete and wood designs. Detailed veining and stunning tonal variation create a look that is difficult to distinguish from real stone and wood, making it a slick, stylish alternative that is easy to clean and maintain.
Concrete stone effects in steely grey shades are proving to be strong sellers, reflecting the trend for industrial interiors; while washed out, heavy wood grain timber designs are also in demand as consumer tastes veer towards weathered, rustic looks.
Pattern is a massive trend within interior design, with tiles now being installed in a variety of different arrangements and formats to stand out from the crowd. The simplest layout is a stack bond, laying each tile side by side, but you can also create some interesting twists for maximum visual impact with diagonal layouts, herringbone, and modular patterns; all of which deliver a more contemporary aesthetic.
With some creative thinking, even the smallest space can be turned into a functional entertaining area or extra living room. Often the same collection can be used indoors and outdoors for a continuous look, but you can also create interesting colour contrasts to define and zone living spaces. A stone-effect porcelain tile in light beige on the patio, next to a much darker stone in the kitchen, helps to clearly define living spaces but connect the two zones together.
For the more adventurous who prefer an eclectic look, experiment with different sizes and textures laying wood and stone effects side by side for a visually stunning combination. You can also create paths and zoned areas with individual tiles that lead further into an outside space for an attractive, low maintenance floor covering that connects the exterior of the house with the lower part of the garden or covered gazebo area.
Al Fresco from Verona
With a neutral colour palette from cool grey through to warm beige, the Al Fresco range from Verona offers 20mm thick premium porcelain tiles for outdoor use, with many ranges also offering a co-ordinating 10mm indoor tile for indoor use in a selection of stylish finishes including classic travertine, on-trend terrazzo, contemporary concrete designs, and wood-effects.
Detailed veining and stunning tonal variation creates a look that’s difficult to distinguish from real stone and wood across a range of different collections. Each stone-effect is available in either a large 600 by 600mm square or rectangular format in 450 by 900mm and 600 by 900mm sizes, whilst the wood-effect porcelain tiles are available in a traditional 300 by 1,200mm plank size; all with a matt grip finish.
Hard wearing and practical, the Al Fresco collection comes with a 10 year guarantee.
For more information about the Al Fresco collection, visit www.alfrescotiles.co.uk or contact Verona today to place your order at www.veronagroup.co.uk.
Verona has grown to become the UK’s largest distributor of tiles and mosaics in natural stone, porcelain, ceramic, and glass. The company is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and supplies independent and multiple retailers nationwide, offering a broad portfolio of products influenced by the latest design, fashion, and interiors trends to ensure a collection suited to all tastes.