WHY YOU SHOULD USE PORCELAIN PAVERS FOR A POOL SURROUND
Porcelain is a material with a history that goes back over 2000 years with early pieces being traced back to the Han Dynasty in China. It is manufactured material that is created by taking natural materials like minerals or clay and firing it at high temperatures. The results can range from delicate French Limoge porcelain tea sets to the incredibly dense, durable and non-porous material used to make the porcelain tile you’d find in your bathroom or kitchen at home.
Porcelain has come a very long way since it’s ancient roots in China. Today, manufacturers are creating porcelain pavers that mimic natural stone, or wood and look incredible. As modern manufacturing techniques have given us a thicker more durable product, porcelain has been gaining popularity as an outdoor material. Here at Bayside Pavers, we offer porcelain pavers from a variety of manufacturers like Belgard. Their porcelain paver line offers several styles that are perfect for creating contemporary outdoor living spaces.
Outdoor porcelain pavers are similar to their indoor cousins, except they are thicker and more durable. They are the perfect material to use when creating a pool surround. Outdoor porcelain pavers are available in a wide range of sizes, styles, textures, and colors including planks, and large modular shapes, as well as a variety of interpretations of natural stone and wood. Outdoor porcelain pavers are flexible and can be dry laid onto grass, gravel, dirt, and sand.
Here are 10 reasons why porcelain pavers are an excellent choice for creating the perfect pool surround.
1. PORCELAIN IS SLIP RESISTANT
Porcelain is completely non-porous. Because of this, it’s moisture resistant and it can be created with a texture that makes it highly slip-resistant. Because it’s an anti-slip surface, its a great choice for use on walkways, highly trafficked areas and pool surrounds.
2. PORCELAIN IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST OUTDOOR MATERIALS AVAILABLE!
It’s non-porous pavers don’t absorb moisture which means in times of extreme cold, they’re frost resistant, and in the hot sun, porcelain pavers stay cool on your feet. Because of these same principals, porcelain doesn’t fluctuate with extreme heat and cold, meaning it avoids getting damaged from expansion and contraction. Because it’s non-porous, it’s far denser than other materials of comparable dimensions. That makes it tougher and far more resistant to erosion, scratching, and chipping.
3. IT’S ANTI-MICROBIAL AND RESISTS MOLD
Because there are no pores, porcelain is anti-microbial and that makes them perfect for use around your pool as they resist mold and bacteria.
4. PORCELAIN PAVERS ARE EASY TO CLEAN
Porcelain doesn’t accumulate dirt like other surfaces. It’s easy to clean, simply hose off your tiles. Dirt and bacteria have nowhere to hide on porcelain, unlike concrete or stone pavers.
5. PORCELAIN IS STYLISH AND VERSATILE
One of the biggest benefits of porcelain pavers is that it’s a composite material that is created, not harvested, so it can be made to look like almost any other hard surface like stone or wood. It’s incredibly versatile. You can use oversized tiles surrounded by grass, sand, or gravel to create a stylish walkway, or use a mix of marble looking tiles of various sizes to create a classic pool deck. With countless colors styles, finishes, and sizes to choose from the possibilities are limitless!
6. PORCELAIN WILL NOT FADE IN SUNLIGHT
Outdoor porcelain tiles are both UV and fade resistant. This means they’ll look as perfect as the day you installed them ten years down the road. Because the glaze is fired in excess of 1200 degrees F, the surface is hard, resistant to wear, and the color will remain intact through decades of sun exposure.
7. PORCELAIN PAVERS ARE AESTHETICALLY BEAUTIFUL
Because it’s a manufactured material, it can have the look and feel of any natural material like wood or stone. This has made it incredibly popular with homeowners, and perfect for creating a design statement in your outdoor space.
8. THEY’RE TOUGH AND DURABLE
Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, outdoor porcelain is considerably thicker than indoor tiles making them tough and durable. Because they are non-porous, they are perfect for use around the pool, patio, outdoor kitchen, and more. They’re also available in a wide range of colors, styles, thicknesses, sizes, shapes, textures, and patterns.
9. PORCELAIN IS WATERPROOF
It holds up to water much better than natural stone or cement. That makes porcelain the perfect choice for use in pool decking or areas that are subject to heavy rain, or irrigation systems. You can customize your surface, so choose a slip-resistant model making them safe AND beautiful.
10. THEY’RE AFFORDABLE
Porcelain pavers are a lower-priced alternative to natural materials like marble, granite, slate, or travertine. You can achieve the look of these natural materials, at a much lower price point.
Porcelain pavers are an excellent alternative to natural materials. They look incredible, are durable, stylish, non-porous, won’t fade, and are an affordable choice. If you’re considering hardscaping around your pool, look no further than outdoor porcelain pavers!
If you live in the greater San Francisco Bay area and you’re planning a hardscape project, why not give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at (925) 318-5754 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your project. We carry concrete and porcelain pavers from some of the top manufacturers in the industry including McNear, Belgard Hardscape, Basalite, Calstone, and Pavestone. We’re always happy to answer your questions and can help you to create the outdoor living space you’ve always wanted!
If you live in the East or South Bay areas, stop by our Concord, CA location at 2455 Bates Ave., Ste K. For North Bay residents, our Santa Rosa location at 1619 4th Street, Ste 12 is ready to help!