We spent some time talking to Signorino’s Natalie Fryar to get some tips on how to choose pavers and tiles for outdoor areas. “Outdoor areas do tend to be less trend driven than interiors” Natalie shared with us. “We see a lot of people searching for an outdoor paver with a natural stone look”.
When you walk into Signorino’s Tile Gallery everyone who serves you has a passion for tiles, years of experience in the industry, and chances are they might just be a qualified interior designer too. The staff at Signorino love learning about your project and understanding what you are trying to achieve, as well as the constraints you are working within. They want to understand your needs and then pick out ranges that suit best.
Be prepared to answer some questions about your project – think about your design focus - are you trying to work in with existing period architecture or create a contrasting feel? Or maybe it's the colour palette or material choice that’s more important. Having some idea about your budget is always helpful, too.
Outdoor Paver Types
Basalt or Bluestone as a paver look works equally well with either a period home or a contemporary home. Large format basalt pavers work really well in a contemporary space – they create a very clean look with minimal grout lines. Smaller sized basalt pavers that have been tumbled or are patterned work well in outdoor areas of period homes because of their texture.
Travertine is a beautiful and timeless look which has inspired a range of stunning, manufactured pavers that mimic the naturally occurring patterning.
Limestone is the other natural material which inspires outdoor pavers and tiles. Limestone naturally occurs across a wide continuum of colours from greys to oranges, with yellow and almost-white being popular.
The great thing about Signorino is that their range is inspired by the natural beauty and colour of stone, but because they are manufactured porcelain products, they don’t stain and don’t need sealing or regular annual maintenance. It's perfect - the appearance & aesthetic value of natural stone beauty but with the practicality of a porcelain tile product.
So when you are looking for outdoor pavers for your next project, bring your mood board and colour samples into Signorino and let the designers help you discover the paver that will work best for you.
Remember to plan ahead. As Natalie explains, “if you give yourself plenty of time you’ll really open out your choices. For larger projects there might be the need to order in additional pavers, or we can source the ideal paver within your price range.”
Cluny 20mm Outdoor Pavers
The Cluny range of outdoor pavers is brand new to Signorino. Cluny is characterised by a gorgeous limestone appearance and a textured surface, giving it all the appeal of natural stone with the practicality of a porcelain product. It features a raked finish for increased grip and traction, making it perfect for use in a small courtyard, large alfresco area or around the pool.
These pavers can be inlaid in grass, sand and gravel, laid directly on cement, or used with a polypad system.
Stonequartz 20mm Pavers
The Stonequartz range mimics both the look and textural unevenness of natural limestone and sandstone. Unlike natural limestone and sandstone which are porous and stain easily, the manufactured Stonequartz porcelain range is stain resistant and hard wearing, making it a low-maintenance choice. The uneven texture of the paver surface occurs during manufacture by singeing the surface of the stone with a flame jet and then plunging the stone into water to obtain immediate cooling. The abrupt temperature change makes the tile expand, creating the typically rough texture associated with limestone and sandstone.
The Stonequartz range are all 20mm thick pavers. These pavers can be inlaid in grass, sand and gravel, laid directly on cement or used with a polypad system.
Cadore Outdoor Pavers
The Cadore outdoor paving range mimics the natural appeal and warmth of timber. Cadore is a 20mm thick manufactured porcelain paver which has been designed to look like weathered timber with its irregular patterns and varying shades of browns through to greys. Being a porcelain paver the upsides are many - easy maintenance, resistance to staining and discolouration. The pavers have also been designed to incorporate surface patterning to increase the grip of the tile and reduce the potential for slipping.
These pavers can be inlaid in grass, sand and gravel, laid directly on cement or used with a polypad system.
Plein air Outdoor Paver
Plein Air is a 20mm porcelain paver that works well in contemporary outdoor spaces. Evoking the feel of natural stone, Plein Air is a porcelain paver that is available in a variety a natural tones. This paver is a versatile solution for exterior floors in both residential and public areas, particularly as its mottled surface patterning increase the grip underfoot. Paths, terraces, pool sides, parking areas, beach establishments, parks and other urban areas are just a few examples of its many uses.
Plein Air pavers can be inlaid in grass, sand and gravel, laid directly on cement or used with a polypad system.
System L2 Outdoor Pavers
System L2 is a collection of porcelain pavers that spans across a variety of natural looks - concrete, wood and stone. The range offers the same peace of mind that comes with all of Signorino's porcelain pavers - they are resistant to staining, there is no annual sealing required and they are hard-wearing.
All of the System L2 pavers can be inlaid in grass, sand and gravel, laid directly on cement or used with a polypad system.
Top Tips for Choosing Outdoor Pavers
Remember Natalie's Top 3 Tips for when you are looking for pavers for your outdoor area:
1) Think about your design focus - what's important - style, colour or material;
2) Think about your budget; and how you are going to use the area - natural stone may not be the best choice for you;
3) And finally, Plan in advance - leave plenty of time to make sure product is available - particularly for large projects.