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What are the benefits of porcelain outdoor tiles over sandstone tiles?

Porcelain tiles on an outdoor terrace

As many professionals in the construction industry will confirm, porcelain tiles are becoming a popular alternative to the stone products that have been in use for many years.

Porcelain tiles look beautiful in virtually any setting, but there are plenty of other benefits that explain why the product is penetrating the market so easily.

Superior quality and aesthetic beauty

The materials used while manufacturing porcelain tiles are of high quality and offer a beautiful product that can be used on virtually any surface.

You can also choose from a wide range of colours and textures that will fit your preferences and theme, such as the large variety from PrimaPorcelain - another advantage over sandstone, which tends to have more limited colour options to choose from.

Slip resistance and cleaning

Porcelain is impervious to moisture, meaning that the tiles are slip-resistant.

Cleaning porcelain tiles is also easier compared to sandstone - the surface is smooth, dries well once cleaned, and does not leave dirt patches as would be the case with other materials.

Low maintenance

High porosity contributes to dirt formation and staining; something porcelain does not allow, with its porosity level of less than 0.05 per cent. No sealer or maintenance is needed for the tiles to remain intact, and keeping them pristine is also easy - you just need to mop over them once a week.

Fade resistant

If a flooring material is subject to colour fading, you can be forced to spend more time and money to restore its beauty. However, porcelain tiles do not fade easily, and will remain beautiful for as long as you have them installed. Porcelain is able to resist fading that is brought about by UV light exposure, so you can also use it outdoors where there is direct sunlight.

Scratch resistant

The density of porcelain is high, meaning the product made is hard and can resist scratches. Usually, any marks made to the material can be brushed away, leaving it clean and flawless with no visible scratches.

Frost proof

Porcelain can tolerate sub-zero temperatures and is resistant to frost, so can be used regardless of the climate of the region you live in. It's therefore a perfect choice for outdoor applications like the swimming pool and patios.

Holds up despite high traffic

Other tiles will fade off or wear out when installed in places of high traffic, but porcelain is recommended for such locations because it is hardwearing and will keep its stunning look however much it's walked on.

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