What do you know about remodel pavers and outdoor porcelain pavers?

10 February 2022

If you have a new project in mind for your outdoors, would like to renovate the flooring of your pool, remodel your porch or refresh the look of your patio, you are in the right place: discover outdoor porcelain pavers and other thin pavers


What about thin pavers?

Of course, you have to take certain steps and comply with certain requirements while remodeling your outdoor area, but is it really necessary to replace the pavers you already have? How can you renovate a pool deck or patio to give them the look they originally had?
You might find the answer to these questions in solutions like thin pavers, namely remodel pavers or overlay pavers, but also outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles. A thin product is a perfect option when you just want to renovate an outdoor space without having to completely remove the existing flooring material, as they guarantee excellent technical and aesthetic results but at a lower price than traditional thickness products such as concrete pavers or stone pavers. In some circumstances, thin pavers can also be the perfect solution when they are intended for new constructions and not just as remodel pavers

But what should we consider when faced with the choice between thick and thin pavers?


Thin pavers have been conceived and designed to renovate patios, swimming pools, walkways, sidewalks and any other non-vehicular structure that includes the resurfacing of an existing pavement. Choosing overlay pavers will make remodeling more convenient and easier, as these thin pavers will be installed over the pre-existing structure, without having to remove it. 
Specifically, choosing materials such as remodel pavers brings numerous advantages over using pavers with greater thickness: 
  • Easy and quick to install and maintain: thin pavers require extremely little work preparation time and are installed directly over the pre-existing surface. The result is a renewed and impeccable appearance of your outdoor area at a low cost and in a short time. In the same way, maintenance is also simplified;
  • Reduced excavation and preparation work: in case of construction of new outdoor elements such as swimming pools, sidewalks or patios, the choice of overlay pavers allows you to significantly reduce the preparation time of the surfaces, being sufficient a polymeric sand base on which to lay them and avoiding the waste of time and energy required for a complete excavation;
  • Universal use: whether for your pool deck, sidewalks or front entries, thin pavers are perfectly suited to the use you need. The only exception is driveways, where porcelain pavers, stone pavers or concrete pavers of standard thickness are recommended for optimal resistance; 
  • Anti-slip: thanks to a rough anti-slip finish that guarantees a DCOF higher than 0.75, without changing the aesthetics, outdoor porcelain tiles and thin pavers are perfect for outdoor use and in wet areas;
  • Cost: thanks to the reduced time for surface preparation, installation and maintenance, the costs to be incurred for thin pavers are also lower than those of standard thickness.
Thin pavers can therefore be the winning solution for your remodeling activities, but remember to consider that there are also some critical aspects:
  • Type of installation: thin pavers are recommended for mortared down application and not for dry laying, such as on grass, sand or pedestals;
  • Not suitable for use on driveways and for applications designed to support heavy weights, for which standard thickness porcelain pavers, concrete or stone pavers are recommended.

Thin pavers and outdoor porcelain tiles, which material to choose among remodel pavers?

Distinguishing thin pavers (concrete or stone pavers) from outdoor porcelain tiles, let's see some differences between the materials that can help you in your choice.


Due to production processes, colors and shades of concrete pavers have a rather limited number of variations, leaving little options for customization. The graphic rendering of outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles, on the other hand, offers a very rich range of options, with a highly personalized variation of light and depth of color and a potentially infinite variety of looks. Outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles are also very similar to natural stones, so much so that it is often impossible to spot the difference.


Concrete pavers are generally strong and durable even when faced with very heavy loads. However, their porous surface can fade or even erode and wear over time, as well as requiring periodic sealing and maintenance. On the other hand, if you're looking for a low-maintenance product, outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles, a denser and harder material, can be a smart solution because they require minimal maintenance, are stain and chemical resistant and don't need to be sealed, offer excellent durability, strength and resistance to breaking and scratching and, unlike concrete pavers, they don't wear out and their color doesn't fade.


Did you know that standard porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles are even slimmer than other thin pavers? 
Porcelain pavers have a thickness of about 3/4 inch and porcelain grip tiles are approximately 1/3 inch thick while thin versions of concrete or stone pavers vary from 1 inch to 1 inch and a quarter and, despite being thinner, porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles can be stronger and more durable than concrete and stone. This feature allows the reduction of transportation costs and the possibility of use in areas where there is little space between your door tread and the existing flooring material. In this case, even regular porcelain pavers can be a good choice over other remodel pavers because they are ¾ of an inch thick and are available in so many finishes and sizes. 


Outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles are more eco-friendly than other thin pavers. In particular, Landmark harvests raw materials using certified low environmental impact methods, in sites close to the production sites to reduce carbon dioxide emissions due to transportation. Manufacturing follows the strictest state and federal regulations and works to minimize the release of pollutants. Landmark's green commitment allows for up to 20% recycled content to be included in our U.S.-made porcelain pavers. In addition, our outdoor porcelain pavers contain no harmful resins or paints and help make the environment greener and healthier. 


In conclusion, we can say that nowadays thin pavers are widely used for remodeling but, in addition to traditional remodel pavers (stone or concrete pavers), outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles certainly have specific features that improve their performance and make them perfect for this use. Moreover, by choosing quality pavers you can replicate the look of natural stone, benefiting from all the advantages of porcelain. 

Do you have any doubts? Tell us about your project and learn more about overlay pavers, outdoor porcelain pavers and porcelain grip tiles, remodeling has never been easier!