What is the difference between Porcelain and Ceramic Paving?

When deciding on a clean paving option to your garden, it's good to have some tips and ideas.

Please see below some extra information to help you decide on the best option for you:


  Porcelain, Ceramic and Vitrified Description:


Porcelain, ceramic and vitrified paving is a manmade paving material, constructed from naturally occurring clay materials and compre   ssed under high pressure to offer an extremely hard-wearing and low-maintenance paving product suited to both indoor and outdoor applications. Its low water absorbency means it attracts very little residue or algae. Vitrified products are lightly textured to improve slip resistance and the dimensions are more accurate than those seen with natural stone paving.



Porcelain, Ceramic and Vitrified Colours:


The colours of this material are uniform with a subtle, evenly distributed variation. Many of the products offer the same colour palette as its natural stone equivalent without the irregular characteristics found in the natural stone paving material making it especially suited to clean, contemporary design schemes.





What's the Difference between Porcelain and Ceramic Paving?

The appearance of ceramic and porcelain paving is quite similar, however the manufacture and performance of each varies. The key differences are:

  • Porcelain is made from a finer clay than ceramic and is fired at a hotter temperature for a longer period of time. This makes it a harder paving stone
  • Porcelain is less porous than ceramic. Lower porosity means less cleaning
  • The colour patterns on porcelain are ink printed and penetrate through into the top layers of paving whereas ceramic paving has a colour pattern transfer laser printed onto the surface. This means the porcelain paving performs better against chips or scratches


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