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10 easy and effective landscaping ideas for your garden

10 easy and effective landscaping ideas for your garden

Garden landscaping doesn’t have to involve moving huge amounts of earth. Here are some easy yet effective landscaping ideas that you can tackle yourself....
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How to cut porcelain slabs

How to cut porcelain slabs

When it comes to paving, porcelain slabs are increasingly popular with homeowners who love their contemporary look and durability. However, porcelain slab cutting isn’t top of a list of favourite tasks for those with the job of laying them. This is because they have the reputation of being more difficult to install than alternatives like sandstone and granite....
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Is porcelain paving slippery?

Is porcelain paving slippery?

When you consider the smooth and elegant finish of porcelain pavers – the elements that make them so attractive to homeowners - it is natural to wonder: ‘Is porcelain paving slippery?’ Porcelain is a man-made substance, created through pressing and then an intense heating process that produces a material perfect for a wide range of landscaping projects....
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How do you clean and look after porcelain paving?

How do you clean and look after porcelain paving?

The clean, contemporary look of porcelain pavers makes them suitable for all kinds of outdoor projects and on the whole, porcelain is straightforward to maintain. In spite of its hard-wearing nature, cleaning porcelain paving remains an essential task....
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How to grout porcelain slabs

How to grout porcelain slabs

Grouting is a process during which the spaces between tiles are filled. Grouting porcelain paving slabs is an important stage of the installation process, and hence needs to be done in the correct way....
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Which is the best primer for porcelain slabs?

Which is the best primer for porcelain slabs?

Porcelain is an incredibly beautiful and hardwearing material that will do justice to any paving project you are contemplating. However, it is a little bit different from other kinds of stone, and that means you should follow proven best practice when it comes to installation....
Read More
Porcelain Paving: Pros and cons

Porcelain Paving: Pros and cons

Porcelain paving has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners across the UK looking for the right material to use in their indoor and landscaping projects. Find out more about porcelain paving pros and cons in our latest post!...
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How to lay porcelain paving slabs

How to lay porcelain paving slabs

If you are looking to transform your garden and create a space that will wow your friends and family, porcelain paving might be the answer. To help you get started, we have prepared a comprehensive guide explaining how best to lay porcelain paving....
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Why Use Composite Decking?

Why Use Composite Decking?

Composite decking is a great alternative choice for wood decking. With a range of colours and finishes on the market, it is no surprise that composite decking is a popular choice for gardens and outdoor spaces. Find out more about composite decking in our latest post!...
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What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Paving?

What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Paving?

Porcelain paving is one of the most popular garden paving types on the market and it is going nowhere! Our latest article provides you with the long list of benefits of porcelain paving and why it is a great choice for your garden. ...
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Guide to Slate Chippings

Guide to Slate Chippings

Slate chippings are small, flat pieces of slate available in a variety of colours. There are many benefits to using slate chippings in your garden or landscaping project. Click here to find out more!...
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Preparing Your Garden for Artificial Grass

Preparing Your Garden for Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has many benefits making it a great addition to your garden. Preparing your garden for artificial grass is a simple process but it is essential that you do it correctly. In our latest post we will talk you through each step of preparing your garden for artificial turf....
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Everything You Need To Know About Garden Sleepers

Everything You Need To Know About Garden Sleepers

Garden sleepers are a versatile and attractive material that is now used in a variety of landscaping and garden environments. If you want to learn more about garden sleepers, you have come to the right place! ...
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Decorative Stones: Why and How To Use Them

Decorative Stones: Why and How To Use Them

Decorative stones are an increasingly popular choice and it comes as no surprise. Landscapers have been using them for many years due to their many advantages. Let us talk you through these and their uses! ...
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The Benefits of Artificial Grass

The Benefits of Artificial Grass

If you are thinking about adding artificial grass to your garden, here are the many benefits to help convince you!...
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A Guide To Using Compost, Soil, and Bark In Your Garden

A Guide To Using Compost, Soil, and Bark In Your Garden

Soil is essential for your plants to thrive in your garden, providing it will all the nutrients it needs to survive. Let us provide you with some great tips on how to get the most out your soil....
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Types of Paving: What Is Best For Me? Our Guide To Paving

Types of Paving: What Is Best For Me? Our Guide To Paving

If you're looking for new paving for your garden or driveway, there's a lot of choice out there. Let us take you through some of the options to help you decide what's best for you!...
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5 Beginner Tips For New Gardeners

5 Beginner Tips For New Gardeners

If you're considering your first serious steps into the garden this year, we've got some great tips to get you started....
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5 More New Year's Resolutions For Gardeners in 2022

5 More New Year's Resolutions For Gardeners in 2022

It's the time of year to start thinking about new approaches to your garden for the year ahead. Click through for some great tips to get you started!...
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Top Tips For Maintaining Your Timber Fence

Top Tips For Maintaining Your Timber Fence

Timber fences are the most popular in the UK. Let's look at their benefits, as well as how you can get the most out of your fencing!...
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What are the best materials for driveways in the UK?

What are the best materials for driveways in the UK?

Driveways are a big investment for homeowners across the UK. With a number of different materials on the market, which is best for you?...
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5 Ways To Get Your Garden Ready For Winter

5 Ways To Get Your Garden Ready For Winter

Winter is coming, so get ahead of the game now to ensure your garden is ready for the winter season, and for when spring rolls around!...
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Low maintenance garden ideas for busy homeowners

Low maintenance garden ideas for busy homeowners

We all dream of having a beautiful garden, but time can often be an issue. However, having a wonderful garden doesn't need to be time-consuming or break the bank. ...
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5 ways to make your garden pet friendly

5 ways to make your garden pet friendly

Pets love the outdoors as much as we do (or more!), so it's important that our outdoor spaces are safe for them, too. Click through to see some of our tips....
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Family and Friends BBQ Checklist - Get Your Garden BBQ Ready

Family and Friends BBQ Checklist - Get Your Garden BBQ Ready

Summer is here, and it's time to have the family and friends over for a BBQ. To help you prep, here's a list of all the essentials!...
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Everything you need to know about composite decking

Everything you need to know about composite decking

Interested in adding composite decking to your garden? We've put together a guide with everything you need to know....
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5 Garden Trends For: Tiny Gardens, Indoors Gardens & More

5 Garden Trends For: Tiny Gardens, Indoors Gardens & More

Looking for new inspiration for the garden? We have taken a look at some of the latest garden trends to see what's hot and what might inspire you this summer!...
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Our Guide To Decorative Aggregates - Types, Uses, and More

Our Guide To Decorative Aggregates - Types, Uses, and More

Looking to start your next DIY project? Using decorative aggregates as the foundation of your landscaping vision can be incredibly rewarding. Find out more in our latest blog....
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5 New Year's Resolutions For You and Your Garden

5 New Year's Resolutions For You and Your Garden

It's a new year, and that means it's a great time to commit to those new years' resolutions that make you happier and healthier. Click through to read and get inspired today!...
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How To Enjoy Your Garden During The Winter

How To Enjoy Your Garden During The Winter

We've put together a list of hints and tips you can use to get your garden ready for winter, as well some ideas on how you get the most out of your time out there. Who says you have to spend winter indoors?...
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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Artificial Grass and Turf

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Artificial Grass and Turf

Artificial grass can be a big investment, and it can be difficult to know where to start. We've put together the ultimate guide for anybody who is considering purchasing artificial grass or turf. ...
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Our Guide to Growing Vegetables in Your Garden

Our Guide to Growing Vegetables in Your Garden

Growing vegetables in the garden can be a rewarding experience in many ways. Tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, pumpkins... the list goes on! Start here if you're looking to begin your journey....
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Some Quick and Easy Wins In The Garden

Some Quick and Easy Wins In The Garden

If parts of the garden aren’t quite up to scratch and you’ve not got much time, then follow this list of ‘quick wins’. These ideas will transform your outside space and get rid of that unsightly spot forever....
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How To Keep Water Features Clean

How To Keep Water Features Clean

As anyone with a water feature will know, they are a beautiful addition to the garden. But they also come with their fair share of maintenance to keep them looking tip-top. ...
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Improving Drainage in the Garden

Improving Drainage in the Garden

If your garden is a bit boggy or it’s holding water for some reason, then you’ll need to do some basic structural landscaping to help the water away....
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How To Construct a Basic Decking

How To Construct a Basic Decking

A decking is a great addition to any garden and can be installed quickly. Even better, basic deckings are not too difficult to have a go at yourself!...
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Decorative Natural Stone Paving

Decorative Natural Stone Paving

When it comes to choosing a paving stone for your patio, pathway or driveway then it’s hard to know which style is best, especially with the many options we offer. Let us help you get started. ...
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How To Use Decorative Gravels and Chippings

How To Use Decorative Gravels and Chippings

Decorative gravels and wood chips are an affordable and versatile option to enhance any area of the garden, providing and colour and texture flair to your space. Find out more here....
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How to make a small garden look bigger with landscaping

How to make a small garden look bigger with landscaping

The temptation with a small garden is to keep everything small, but in fact, this can often serve to reinforce the effect that the garden is small. Solve your small garden woes with these landscaping tips. ...
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How long does tarmac take to set?

How long does tarmac take to set?

'Tarmac' is a term used commonly to refer to any similar method of surfacing a road, pavement or driveway. But how long does tarmac take to set? That depends on a few variables: let's take a look....
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How to Lay a Gravel Driveway Like a Professional

How to Lay a Gravel Driveway Like a Professional

When it comes to driveways, there’s nothing better than that crunching sound of car tyres gently rolling over gravel. It invokes images of us driving up our tree-lined avenue to our country house. ...
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How to Lay a Great Patio By Yourself

How to Lay a Great Patio By Yourself

A patio can be a wonderful addition to any garden and often becomes the central focus of outdoor family life. It’s a place for everyone to gather for drinks and meals, as well as a relaxing area to lounge in the sun....
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Some Great Garden Ideas With Gravel

Some Great Garden Ideas With Gravel

Using gravel as part of garden design has become really popular in recent years. In turn, this has given rise to a wide choice of decorative and practical gravels to choose from....
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How to make an overlooked garden more private

How to make an overlooked garden more private

Creating privacy in an overlooked garden can be surprisingly easy and is an effective way to make the space feel like your own again - here are some simple ideas of how to do just that....
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How to make an impact with a new water feature

How to make an impact with a new water feature

Water features are a way to bring sound and movement into gardens of all sizes, and the local birds will often be thankful for a new place to take a bath, too....
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How to construct a tiered garden

How to construct a tiered garden

A tiered garden is a great solution to an awkward sloping garden, and while there is obviously some landscaping work involved, it's a fairly straightforward process to take on as a DIY project....
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How to keep your paving weed free

How to keep your paving weed free

The way you lay your paving can have an effect on how easy it is for weeds to grow in the future. ...
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How to pave your driveway

How to pave your driveway

Planning to block pave a driveway? This short guide will give you a head start. Forward Builders supply all the necessary materials and can deliver them nationwide....
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10 easy and effective landscaping ideas for your garden

10 easy and effective landscaping ideas for your garden

Garden landscaping doesn’t have to involve moving huge amounts of earth. Here are some easy yet effective landscaping ideas that you can tackle yourself....
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Garden Design Ideas

Garden Design Ideas

Looking for inspiration to design your garden? Then take a look through some of the jobs we have supplied...
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Is Italian porcelain the best?

Is Italian porcelain the best?

Italian porcelain is considered the best in the world, so why settle for anything less? Other types of porcelain may be cheaper, but do you want to settle for second best? In the long run, the quality, durability, and beauty of your Italian porcelain paving slabs will definitely give you a great return on your investment. Here’s why...
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Can I use brick acid on porcelain slabs?

Can I use brick acid on porcelain slabs?

One of the common recommendations for cleaning any kind of paving is brick acid, a solution that’s used in the building trade to clean stubborn stains and debris from paving...
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What gap should I leave between outdoor porcelain tiles?

What gap should I leave between outdoor porcelain tiles?

Porcelain tiles are durable, water-resistant and have a beautiful seamless finish that makes them the ideal for any outdoor project, but they must be laid correctly – and this is where porcelain paving spacers come in...
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Should you seal porcelain patio tiles?

Should you seal porcelain patio tiles?

One question that’s sure to arise early in the installation process is: Should you seal porcelain patio tiles?...
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Can you use porcelain on steps?

Can you use porcelain on steps?

Porcelain is one of the most popular materials to use for outdoor landscaping, but is it versatile enough to be used for steps?...
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Best jointing compound for porcelain paving

Best jointing compound for porcelain paving

When installing your porcelain paving, there are a number of things to consider and among the most important is grouting. That means using the best jointing compound for porcelain paving...
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What is the best way to lay porcelain slabs?

What is the best way to lay porcelain slabs?

Porcelain paving is a beautiful addition to any garden project. It’s hardwearing too, but care needs to be taken when installing the slabs...
Read More
Can you lay porcelain paving on screed?

Can you lay porcelain paving on screed?

Before we dissect the answer to this question, we need to understand more about screed and what it does...
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What base do you need to lay porcelain slabs?

What base do you need to lay porcelain slabs?

Laying porcelain pavers correctly is essential if you want them to be stable. Using the wrong sub-base, or applying it incorrectly, is certainly something you should avoid, so be sure to take your time and plan each stage of a project...
Read More
How do you make slurry mix for porcelain paving?

How do you make slurry mix for porcelain paving?

Among the strengths of porcelain slabs is they’re non-porous, making them harder to stain, less slippery and unlikely to crack. However, because it is not penetrable by water, the product needs to be installed differently...
Read More
Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Porcelain pavers are an on-trend option for a paving project such as a patio. Not only do they look beautiful, but they have been manufactured to be extremely durable too...
Read More
Can you use brush-in grout for porcelain?

Can you use brush-in grout for porcelain?

Grouting is the norm when it comes to outdoor paving, although in some cases it is possible to install no-grout porcelain tiles for a seamless look...
Read More
Is porcelain good for outdoor paving?

Is porcelain good for outdoor paving?

Porcelain paving has become increasingly popular in recent years with everyone from homeowners to landscape and interior designers – and it’s not hard to understand why...
Read More
What is the best grout for porcelain paving?

What is the best grout for porcelain paving?

Whatever kind of material you are using to create your patio, driveway, pathway or other type of area, grout is essential for a number of reasons - it keeps slabs in place, it helps fill in any irregular bits in the surface, it prevents debris and water getting in between each paver and it keeps weeds from sprouting through the cracks...
Read More
Are porcelain tiles a good choice for an outside patio?

Are porcelain tiles a good choice for an outside patio?

The past few years have seen a growing trend in porcelain tiles for outdoor patio projects. The allure of the gorgeous, sleek contemporary look these tiles create continues to appeal to modern tastes but it isn’t just aesthetics which makes them so popular as we shall explain here...
Read More
What is vitrified porcelain paving?

What is vitrified porcelain paving?

Yes, there is a difference between the two types although that might not seem immediately apparent. Where they are similar is that both are fired at high temperatures to produce paving stones that are extremely durable and strong...
Read More
How much does it cost per square metre to lay porcelain paving?

How much does it cost per square metre to lay porcelain paving?

Your porcelain paving cost literally isn’t written in stone because there are several factors that have to be taken into account before starting work. These include the price of the paving itself, access, the cost of base materials and how much you’ll pay for labour...
Read More
What’s the best adhesive for porcelain?

What’s the best adhesive for porcelain?

Porcelain slabs require installers to adopt proven best practice when it comes to installation. However, once in place, they require little by the way of maintenance to preserve their sophisticated beauty as part of your outdoor space....
Read More
Porcelain vs sandstone paving

Porcelain vs sandstone paving

Porcelain or sandstone paving? Which is the best? It’s a question you might ask yourself before embarking on a garden revamp. It’s worth considering carefully your answer given porcelain paving has become an increasingly popular choice over the past few years. You may wonder if it is as good as natural sandstone, for example, which is a material used still for many landscaping projects....
Read More
Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Porcelain paving edging is used to give a beautiful finish to your slabs. You can create a border around them using a colour that blends with them seamlessly, or you can opt for a contrasting shade for a more personalised look. Porcelain paving edging is available in a square design or a more rounded shape to soften the edge....
Read More
How do you clean and look after porcelain paving?

How do you clean and look after porcelain paving?

The clean, contemporary look of porcelain pavers makes them suitable for all kinds of outdoor projects and on the whole, porcelain is straightforward to maintain. In spite of its hard-wearing nature, cleaning porcelain paving remains an essential task....
Read More
How to grout porcelain slabs

How to grout porcelain slabs

Grouting is a process during which the spaces between tiles are filled. Grouting porcelain paving slabs is an important stage of the installation process, and hence needs to be done in the correct way....
Read More
Which is the best primer for porcelain slabs?

Which is the best primer for porcelain slabs?

Porcelain is an incredibly beautiful and hardwearing material that will do justice to any paving project you are contemplating. However, it is a little bit different from other kinds of stone, and that means you should follow proven best practice when it comes to installation....
Read More
Porcelain Paving: Pros and cons

Porcelain Paving: Pros and cons

Porcelain paving has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners across the UK looking for the right material to use in their indoor and landscaping projects. Find out more about porcelain paving pros and cons in our latest post!...
Read More
How to lay porcelain paving slabs

How to lay porcelain paving slabs

If you are looking to transform your garden and create a space that will wow your friends and family, porcelain paving might be the answer. To help you get started, we have prepared a comprehensive guide explaining how best to lay porcelain paving....
Read More
Why Use Composite Decking?

Why Use Composite Decking?

Composite decking is a great alternative choice for wood decking. With a range of colours and finishes on the market, it is no surprise that composite decking is a popular choice for gardens and outdoor spaces. Find out more about composite decking in our latest post!...
Read More
What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Paving?

What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Paving?

Porcelain paving is one of the most popular garden paving types on the market and it is going nowhere! Our latest article provides you with the long list of benefits of porcelain paving and why it is a great choice for your garden. ...
Read More
5 Garden Maintenance Tasks To Keep On Top Of

5 Garden Maintenance Tasks To Keep On Top Of

Keeping on top of the garden doesn't need to take a lot of time. Regular garden maintenance is the trick to making your garden summer-ready. Click through to read more!...
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Septic Tank Regulations 2020 - How They Might Affect You

Septic Tank Regulations 2020 - How They Might Affect You

The Septic Tank Regulations bought in at the beginning of 2020 are causing thousands of homeowners a big headache. Today week look at what these regulations might mean for homeowners....
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Everything a Town Needs to Celebrate Christmas

Everything a Town Needs to Celebrate Christmas

Here we are in the height of summer and it is time when towns all over the UK are planning their Christmas Festivities. Such Festivities normally peak demand on products and equipment used to put them on....
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Is Italian porcelain the best?

Is Italian porcelain the best?

Italian porcelain is considered the best in the world, so why settle for anything less? Other types of porcelain may be cheaper, but do you want to settle for second best? In the long run, the quality, durability, and beauty of your Italian porcelain paving slabs will definitely give you a great return on your investment. Here’s why...
Read More
Can I use brick acid on porcelain slabs?

Can I use brick acid on porcelain slabs?

One of the common recommendations for cleaning any kind of paving is brick acid, a solution that’s used in the building trade to clean stubborn stains and debris from paving...
Read More
What gap should I leave between outdoor porcelain tiles?

What gap should I leave between outdoor porcelain tiles?

Porcelain tiles are durable, water-resistant and have a beautiful seamless finish that makes them the ideal for any outdoor project, but they must be laid correctly – and this is where porcelain paving spacers come in...
Read More
Should you seal porcelain patio tiles?

Should you seal porcelain patio tiles?

One question that’s sure to arise early in the installation process is: Should you seal porcelain patio tiles?...
Read More
Can you use porcelain on steps?

Can you use porcelain on steps?

Porcelain is one of the most popular materials to use for outdoor landscaping, but is it versatile enough to be used for steps?...
Read More
Best jointing compound for porcelain paving

Best jointing compound for porcelain paving

When installing your porcelain paving, there are a number of things to consider and among the most important is grouting. That means using the best jointing compound for porcelain paving...
Read More
What is the best way to lay porcelain slabs?

What is the best way to lay porcelain slabs?

Porcelain paving is a beautiful addition to any garden project. It’s hardwearing too, but care needs to be taken when installing the slabs...
Read More
Can you lay porcelain paving on screed?

Can you lay porcelain paving on screed?

Before we dissect the answer to this question, we need to understand more about screed and what it does...
Read More
What base do you need to lay porcelain slabs?

What base do you need to lay porcelain slabs?

Laying porcelain pavers correctly is essential if you want them to be stable. Using the wrong sub-base, or applying it incorrectly, is certainly something you should avoid, so be sure to take your time and plan each stage of a project...
Read More
How do you make slurry mix for porcelain paving?

How do you make slurry mix for porcelain paving?

Among the strengths of porcelain slabs is they’re non-porous, making them harder to stain, less slippery and unlikely to crack. However, because it is not penetrable by water, the product needs to be installed differently...
Read More
Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Porcelain pavers are an on-trend option for a paving project such as a patio. Not only do they look beautiful, but they have been manufactured to be extremely durable too...
Read More
Can you use brush-in grout for porcelain?

Can you use brush-in grout for porcelain?

Grouting is the norm when it comes to outdoor paving, although in some cases it is possible to install no-grout porcelain tiles for a seamless look...
Read More
Is porcelain good for outdoor paving?

Is porcelain good for outdoor paving?

Porcelain paving has become increasingly popular in recent years with everyone from homeowners to landscape and interior designers – and it’s not hard to understand why...
Read More
What is the best grout for porcelain paving?

What is the best grout for porcelain paving?

Whatever kind of material you are using to create your patio, driveway, pathway or other type of area, grout is essential for a number of reasons - it keeps slabs in place, it helps fill in any irregular bits in the surface, it prevents debris and water getting in between each paver and it keeps weeds from sprouting through the cracks...
Read More
Are porcelain tiles a good choice for an outside patio?

Are porcelain tiles a good choice for an outside patio?

The past few years have seen a growing trend in porcelain tiles for outdoor patio projects. The allure of the gorgeous, sleek contemporary look these tiles create continues to appeal to modern tastes but it isn’t just aesthetics which makes them so popular as we shall explain here...
Read More
What is vitrified porcelain paving?

What is vitrified porcelain paving?

Yes, there is a difference between the two types although that might not seem immediately apparent. Where they are similar is that both are fired at high temperatures to produce paving stones that are extremely durable and strong...
Read More
How much does it cost per square metre to lay porcelain paving?

How much does it cost per square metre to lay porcelain paving?

Your porcelain paving cost literally isn’t written in stone because there are several factors that have to be taken into account before starting work. These include the price of the paving itself, access, the cost of base materials and how much you’ll pay for labour...
Read More
What’s the best adhesive for porcelain?

What’s the best adhesive for porcelain?

Porcelain slabs require installers to adopt proven best practice when it comes to installation. However, once in place, they require little by the way of maintenance to preserve their sophisticated beauty as part of your outdoor space....
Read More
Porcelain vs sandstone paving

Porcelain vs sandstone paving

Porcelain or sandstone paving? Which is the best? It’s a question you might ask yourself before embarking on a garden revamp. It’s worth considering carefully your answer given porcelain paving has become an increasingly popular choice over the past few years. You may wonder if it is as good as natural sandstone, for example, which is a material used still for many landscaping projects....
Read More
Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Do porcelain pavers need edging?

Porcelain paving edging is used to give a beautiful finish to your slabs. You can create a border around them using a colour that blends with them seamlessly, or you can opt for a contrasting shade for a more personalised look. Porcelain paving edging is available in a square design or a more rounded shape to soften the edge....
Read More
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