A Guide to Buying Porphyry Tiles
What Is a Porphyry Tile?
Porphyry is a hard, granite-like stone that is easier to shape into cobblestones and paving tiles than quartz, granite, or marble. Due to its durability, hardness, and flexibility, porphyry is ideal for use in exterior home decorations, driveways, and high-traffic outdoor areas. Individual porphyry cobblestones can be curved to create landscaping designs, and several types of tile are available, including arbitrary-length paving, large-split pavers, cobblestones, and fan patterns.
What Are Porphyry Tiles Best Used For?
Porphyry tiles are best used as exterior paving stones. They are durable, weather resistant, and extremely hardwearing; no matter how high the footfall, these tiles will stay in great condition for years to come. Porphyry tiles come in a range of pre-cut special patterns, such as a fan pattern with netted backing, which is ideal for patios and driveways.
Which Finishes Are Available for Porphyry Tiles?
Stone & Tile Shoppe stocks porphyry paver tiles in a variety of different finishes to suit your design aesthetic, including:
- Flamed: The surface of the tile is blasted with a searing hot flame that causes it to burst and split, creating a slightly rough and textured finish. This mutes the stone coloring for a rich, understated hue, and provides grip underfoot
- Natural cleft face: A natural cleft face occurs when the stone is split into shape, creating a rough and uneven finish with unique pits, bumps, and grooves. This finish is ideal for driveways and backyards due to its texture and slip resistance
- Split edge: The edges of the stones are jagged and craggy, with each tile edge having a slightly different thickness, shape, and texture. This helps to achieve a cobbled-together look that brings rustic authenticity to your environment.