Rex Nye, from online builders’ merchant D.W. Nye, explains why porcelain’s popularity for landscaping projects is only set to rise.

The word ‘gardening’, depending on whether you know your dandelions from your daffodils, might fill you with dread or incite utter joy. Either way, whether you love or loathe gardens, no one can deny that having an outdoor space to call your own is a great way to relax and unwind during the warmer months. But what if you don’t have time to keep the space properly maintained or lack the mobility for weekly weeding and regular mowing? The answer to this horticultural conundrum? Investing in porcelain paving.

You might have noticed that porcelain has quickly become the ‘next big thing’ in landscaping circles and is now being used for all types of outdoor projects including patios and pathways.

Porcelain, though - it doesn’t sound exactly hardwearing or low maintenance, does it? After all, isn’t it what they make dainty little teacups and delicate decorative objects from? And you wouldn’t want to be walking all over those in your size 9s! Yet, contrary to its perceived reputation and association with centuries old Chinese dynasties, porcelain is surprisingly low maintenance, incredibly durable, and non-slip. Not only is it amazingly flexible, but porcelain also has an incredible amount of strength, being highly resistant to chemicals and sudden changes in temperature. Ultimately, it’s everything you could possibly need for paving a garden patio area without worrying about a long term maintenance plan.

The advantages of porcelain as a paving material don’t stop there. Aside from its ability to resist staining, mould, and moss, it provides a multitude of aesthetically pleasing options for the modern day garden space. From natural stone to timber effects, porcelain can be finished in nearly any style your heart desires. So if you’re planning to recreate an ornate Italian marble marvel, or desire some decking without having to stand for any of the sanding, porcelain is a great way to get the effect you want without the worry of future maintenance meltdowns.

This means porcelain also makes an ideal material for driveways. So whilst you might think it’s odd to opt for tiles instead of the more traditional choices, such as sandstone or concrete, porcelain’s durability and ability to withstand damage from frost and moisture makes it a formidable alternative to more conventional choices.

Installing porcelain paving also comes with its benefits. For example, compared with concrete, porcelain is easy to cut and far less labour intensive. Not only that, because it’s more lightweight, porcelain is also easier to transport and lift, meaning it works well for largescale projects. Check out these handy tips for laying porcelain paving from online builders’ merchant, D.W. Nye.

Whatever you want to do with your outdoor space, porcelain is the ideal material for creating picture-perfect, flawless finishes that will remain stylish for years to come.