1. Dry Installation on Grass
For gardens and green areas, this type of installation makes it possible to create pathways and add a personal, stylish touch to common areas. The installation procedure consists of preparation of the bed and application of a layer of gravel, on to which the slabs of 20mm will be placed. The gravel bed grants more stability and compensates for any differences in level. It is recommended to leave enough of a gap between the slabs to allow grass to grow through.
2. Tile adhesive onto a solid base (Conventional Install)
Essentially, this method is the same as internal tiling and can be used for patios and driveways. It does require the concrete base to be fully cured and expansion joints will need to be added where necessary. It’s easy to achieve a level and even surface with a solid base but keep in mind that falls will need to be added to help rain water drain away. Ensure you are using a polymer modified cement-based adhesive that is suitable for external use. On a solid base you can install rectified porcelain paving with a narrow joint for a semi-seamless finish.
- Solid concrete base with suitable adhesive and grout
- Suitable for patios and driveways
3. Wet bed onto prepared sub-base
This method is favoured by landscapers and paving installers, however it does require some extra steps when used with porcelain. Because the tiles are vitrified it makes the material non-porous so it will not adhere to a traditional wet bed. With this method of installation we recommend using a primer to the underside of the tiles. If using a primer you need to be very careful to remove this from the surface and sides of the tile immediately. Check falls throughout installation and adjust by tapping the tiles with a rubber mallet. Care must be taken to avoid any voids beneath the tiles as residual moisture can collect and has nowhere to escape.
- Sand and cement bed with added primer
- Suitable for patios
4. Raised Installation on supports
Easy to install and immediately transitable, raised installation creates an underlying gap between the upper surface and the substrate that can be easily inspected, this allows for effective water drainage and offers space for electrical equipment and plumbing facilities.
Please discuss your installation options with your Landscaper/ Ground Worker before attempting any install and for balcony roof top installation please seek guidance on the latest building regulations.