- Training Academy
11th June 2020
For years homeowners have treated the interior of the property and garden as two separate spaces with a concrete or brick boundary in between. The increased popularity of glass bifold doors has seen a growing trend for linking indoor and outdoor spaces.
Even homes with small gardens or terraces are able to create a design that helps the interior feel more spacious. By connecting the exterior space the eye sees further and a garden-facing room can appear larger.
Porcelain tiles have long been used to create stunning interior designs. These tiles have been fired up to temperatures of 1,400°C giving them a huge amount of strength and durability. Tilers favoured porcelain tiles for this strength and their good look so it is no surprise the use of these tiles has now spread to the exterior.
Porcelain tiles are dense, scratch and frost resistant, they last a lifetime and are often tougher than concrete and stone options. Porcelain tiles are also available in vast array of colour options.
The finishing of these tiles is crucial. When making such an integral design decision it is vital that you don’t compromise the aesthetics with poor jointing. Whilst traditional jointing materials use sand mixed with quartz to deliver a patchy inconsistent finish, new ProPave Grout from UltraTileFix has been specially developed using coloured quartz to offer a sleek, blended look that perfectly complements the lustrous look of the tiles. The use of coloured quartz provides excellent colour stability, which does not fade or discolour over time.
An extraordinary amount of care and thought has gone into each colour. Each shade has been refined to work with popular porcelain tile trends. Natural Cashmere is a warm honey gold, Storm Grey is certainly the most ‘grey’ jointing solution on the market and Pitch Black has a true depth of colour that will make a statement in all designs. In general, lighter colours such as golds and greys, make your garden feel brighter and larger. Black will create a more intimate space. ProPave Grout has a colour to suit all tastes.
What’s more, all ProPave Grout colours work perfectly with the interior ProGrout colour palette allowing you to create a seamless transition from the inside to out.
ProPave Grout is a permeable solution that is simple to apply and eliminates the need for hand pointing. It can be used in all weather and is frost resistant. Once applied you can walk on the finished paving in 24-48 hours.
We hope you’ll enjoy exploring the latest ProPave Grout colour palette and look forward to seeing how you incorporate each shade into your exterior tiling designs.
“Our client was very happy with the standard of the finish and the upgrades made to their working environment, which has improved both visual appearance and functionality of the floor.”
Director of Floor Painters Limited
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