By Emily Rivers
Last updated 22nd June 2024

Porcelain paving has become a popular choice for outdoor spaces due to its durability, aesthetic appeal and low maintenance requirements. Available in a range of styles and colours, you can create a gorgeous outdoor space to match your personality and preferences. So how much does it cost?

How much does a porcelain patio cost?

In the UK, the cost of a porcelain patio varies based on factors such as the quality of the tiles, the complexity of the installation and the size of the area. On average, a 40m2 porcelain patio costs £4,400 including all materials and installation, but you can spend less or much more.

Type of 40m2 porcelain patio installation

Average cost

Simple installation over existing patio with budget tiles

£3,800

Complex installation (e.g. slopes) with mid-range tiles

£7,680

Installation only

£2,000

Average installation

£4,400

These costs are just averages based on path and patio specialists’ hourly and daily rates and the costs of materials. The best way to get an accurate price for your project is to get quotes from reputable tradespeople.

Porcelain paving cost

Porcelain paving cost per m2

The cost of porcelain paving tiles per square metre depends on the quality and style of the tiles. Generally, porcelain paving tiles are split into three categories: budget, mid-range and high-end. The average cost of porcelain paving tiles per m2 is £50, not including installation:

Type of porcelain tiles/service

Average cost per m2

Budget

£27.50

Mid-range

£50

High-end

£77.50

Mid-range tile plus installation

£110

Cost of laying porcelain paving

Laying porcelain paving is a specialised task that requires precision and expertise. While it can be tempting to try to do it yourself, we’d always recommend asking a paving company to lay your patio to get the best finish.

The cost of laying porcelain paving typically ranges from £45 to £75 per m2, depending on the work involved. This includes preparation of the base, laying the tiles, grouting and sealing if necessary. You may have to pay more for site preparation, removal of existing paving and any drainage, if required.

Factors affecting the cost of porcelain paving

There are a few factors that can affect the cost of your porcelain paving, and you should consider them carefully before going ahead with your project:

Quality of tiles: Higher quality tiles with better durability and aesthetic features will cost more, but they’re likely to last longer. So although the upfront cost is higher, they may be cheaper in the long term.

Tile size and thickness: Larger and thicker tiles may be more expensive and there are some circumstances where they require more labour to install, but bigger tiles may also take less time to lay and grout, so could save you money on labour.

Pattern and design: If you want a complex pattern or design made from your porcelain paving, this can increase labour costs as it will take your patio and path specialists longer to lay them.

Site preparation: If the existing surface is poor and requires a lot of additional groundwork, you may pay more than the average for labour.

Location: Labour costs vary vastly by region and the expertise of the installer. If you’re in London or the south east, expect to pay more than the average listed above, but if you live in the north of England, Scotland or Wales, you may pay less.

At HaMuch, we’ve used our database of patio and path specialists’ rates to estimate the cost of porcelain paving across the UK. Take a look at our table further down the page to find your nearest town or city and get a more accurate estimate for porcelain paving in your area.

Pros and cons of porcelain paving

Pros

  • Durability: Porcelain tiles are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear

  • Low maintenance: They are easy to clean and maintain, requiring minimal upkeep

  • Great aesthetics: Available in a wide range of colours, textures and finishes to suit any design style

  • Weather resistant: Resistant to frost, UV rays and moisture, making them suitable for the our variable climate.

  • Stain resistant: Less porous than natural stone, so they are less likely to stain.

Cons

  • Cost: Higher initial cost compared to some other paving materials, but the long-term cost may be lower.

  • Installation: Requires skilled labour for proper installation – it’s not recommended to do a DIY job.

  • Temperature: Can become slippery when wet and may feel cold underfoot in colder weather.

How long will a porcelain patio last?

With proper installation and maintenance, a porcelain patio can last for 20 years or more. All porcelain tiles are known for their resistance to cracking, fading and weather, but the higher-end tiles are likely to stay looking fabulous for longer.

Is porcelain paving slippery when wet?

Porcelain paving can be slippery when wet, but most tiles come with a textured or anti-slip finish designed to provide better grip and reduce the risk of slipping.

If you know you’ll need to use the garden a lot with water around, for example if you have many plants to water or you have a swimming pool or a hot tub, make sure you choose a porcelain tile with a textured finish so you reduce the chances of anyone slipping over.

What's better, sandstone or porcelain?

Whether sandstone or porcelain is better is ultimately down to personal preferences and what you will use the paving for. Some of the key features of sandstone and porcelain include:

Sandstone:

  • Natural and rustic appearance

  • Slightly cheaper in some cases

  • More porous, so can require more maintenance and sealing

  • Better for the environment as it can be recycled, is biodegradable and the manufacturing process doesn’t use chemicals

Porcelain:

  • More durable and less maintenance required

  • Available in a wide variety of finishes

  • More resistant to weathering and staining

  • Fireproof, making it ideal for BBQ or fire pit areas

The choice between sandstone and porcelain is down to your budget, the kind of look you want for your garden and the condition of the ground in the area you want to use it.

Can you jet wash outdoor porcelain tiles?

Yes, you can jet wash outdoor porcelain tiles. Porcelain is highly durable and can withstand the pressure of a jet wash. However, it is advisable to use a low to medium pressure setting to avoid any potential damage to the grout lines or the tiles themselves.

You shouldn’t need to jet wash your porcelain tiles very often, unless they are getting regular heavy use such as lots of garden parties!

Is a porcelain patio worth it?

Yes, we think a porcelain patio is worth it! If you’re looking for a long-lasting, low-maintenance and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space, porcelain tiles will tick all of these boxes.

Although the initial cost is higher than some other paving options, the durability and minimal upkeep required make porcelain a cost-effective choice in the long run. Plus, the wide range of design options available allows for a customised and stylish patio that can enhance the overall value and enjoyment of your home.

So, are you ready to get quotes for a new porcelain patio or path? Post your job on HaMuch now and we’ll put you in touch with paving specialists in your area.


Estimates for common patio & path specialist jobs;

Rates for other trades

Porcelain paving cost in the UK
Porcelain paving cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKPorcelain paving cost
Porcelain paving near Aberdeen£4442
Porcelain paving near Amber Valley£4405
Porcelain paving near Angus£4409
Porcelain paving near Arun£4414
Porcelain paving near Ashfield£4408
Porcelain paving near Aylesbury Vale£4425
Porcelain paving near Barnsley£4419
Porcelain paving near Basildon£4419
Porcelain paving near Basingstoke & Deane£4426
Porcelain paving near Bassetlaw£4409
Porcelain paving near Bath & North East Somerset£4420
Porcelain paving near Bedford£4435
Porcelain paving near Belfast£4329
Porcelain paving near Birmingham£4390
Porcelain paving near Blackburn£4393
Porcelain paving near Blackpool£4379
Porcelain paving near Bolton£4392
Porcelain paving near Bournemouth£4425
Porcelain paving near Bracknell Forest£4434
Porcelain paving near Bradford£4398
Porcelain paving near Braintree£4414
Porcelain paving near Breckland£4381
Porcelain paving near Bridgend£4383
Porcelain paving near Brighton£4413
Porcelain paving near Bristol£4418
Porcelain paving near Broadland£4373
Porcelain paving near Broxtowe£4405
Porcelain paving near Bury£4394
Porcelain paving near Caerphilly£4385
Porcelain paving near Calderdale£4392
Porcelain paving near Cambridge£4430
Porcelain paving near Canterbury£4396
Porcelain paving near Cardiff£4386
Porcelain paving near Carmarthenshire£4386
Porcelain paving near Charnwood£4393
Porcelain paving near Chelmsford£4418
Porcelain paving near Cheltenham£4419
Porcelain paving near Cherwell£4416
Porcelain paving near Chester£4395
Porcelain paving near Colchester£4402
Porcelain paving near Conway£4375
Porcelain paving near Coventry£4387
Porcelain paving near Crewe & Nantwich£4396
Porcelain paving near Dacorum£4432
Porcelain paving near Derby£4403
Porcelain paving near Doncaster£4403
Porcelain paving near Dover£4395
Porcelain paving near Dudley£4389
Porcelain paving near Dumfries & Galloway£4356
Porcelain paving near Dundee£4415
Porcelain paving near East Ayrshire£4395
Porcelain paving near East Devon£4386
Porcelain paving near East Dunbartonshire£4410
Porcelain paving near East Hampshire£4421
Porcelain paving near East Hertfordshire£4435
Porcelain paving near East Lindsey£4384
Porcelain paving near East Riding£4396
Porcelain paving near Eastleigh£4413
Porcelain paving near Edinburgh£4431
Porcelain paving near Elmbridge£4434
Porcelain paving near Epping Forest£4429
Porcelain paving near Erewash£4403
Porcelain paving near Exeter£4381
Porcelain paving near Falkirk£4401
Porcelain paving near Fife£4445
Porcelain paving near Flintshire£4393
Porcelain paving near Gateshead£4407
Porcelain paving near Gedling£4408
Porcelain paving near Glasgow£4412
Porcelain paving near Gloucester£4412
Porcelain paving near Guildford£4439
Porcelain paving near Gwynedd£4353
Porcelain paving near Halton£4388
Porcelain paving near Harrogate£4391
Porcelain paving near Havant & Waterloo£4412
Porcelain paving near Highland£4390
Porcelain paving near Horsham£4423
Porcelain paving near Huntingdonshire£4439
Porcelain paving near Ipswich£4392
Porcelain paving near Isle of Wight£4413
Porcelain paving near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£4394
Porcelain paving near Kingston-upon-Hull£4393
Porcelain paving near Kirklees£4399
Porcelain paving near Knowsley£4387
Porcelain paving near Lancaster£4388
Porcelain paving near Leeds£4394
Porcelain paving near Leicester£4388
Porcelain paving near Lisburn£4335
Porcelain paving near Liverpool£4388
Porcelain paving near London£4431
Porcelain paving near Luton£4430
Porcelain paving near Macclesfield£4396
Porcelain paving near Maidstone£4427
Porcelain paving near Manchester£4393
Porcelain paving near Mid Bedfordshire£4434
Porcelain paving near Mid Sussex£4417
Porcelain paving near Middlesbrough£4407
Porcelain paving near Milton Keynes£4428
Porcelain paving near Neath Port Talbot£4384
Porcelain paving near New Forest£4422
Porcelain paving near Newbury£4426
Porcelain paving near Newcastle-under-Lyme£4395
Porcelain paving near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£4407
Porcelain paving near Newport£4391
Porcelain paving near North Ayrshire£4420
Porcelain paving near North East Lincolnshire£4394
Porcelain paving near North Hertfordshire£4433
Porcelain paving near North Lanarkshire£4405
Porcelain paving near North Lincolnshire£4385
Porcelain paving near North Somerset£4416
Porcelain paving near North Tyneside£4412
Porcelain paving near North Wiltshire£4409
Porcelain paving near Northampton£4414
Porcelain paving near Norwich£4379
Porcelain paving near Nottingham£4405
Porcelain paving near Nuneaton & Bedworth£4389
Porcelain paving near Oldham£4395
Porcelain paving near Oxford£4420
Porcelain paving near Pembrokeshire£4349
Porcelain paving near Perth & Kinross£4426
Porcelain paving near Peterborough£4433
Porcelain paving near Plymouth£4408
Porcelain paving near Poole£4426
Porcelain paving near Portsmouth£4412
Porcelain paving near Powys£4373
Porcelain paving near Preston£4389
Porcelain paving near Reading£4432
Porcelain paving near Redcar & Cleveland£4410
Porcelain paving near Reigate & Banstead£4433
Porcelain paving near Renfrewshire£4424
Porcelain paving near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£4384
Porcelain paving near Rochdale£4394
Porcelain paving near Rotherham£4425
Porcelain paving near Salford£4392
Porcelain paving near Salisbury£4454
Porcelain paving near Sandwell£4389
Porcelain paving near Scarborough£4377
Porcelain paving near Scottish Borders£4445
Porcelain paving near Sefton£4386
Porcelain paving near Sevenoaks£4430
Porcelain paving near Sheffield£4427
Porcelain paving near Slough£4435
Porcelain paving near Solihull£4389
Porcelain paving near South Ayrshire£4398
Porcelain paving near South Bedfordshire£4435
Porcelain paving near South Cambridgeshire£4434
Porcelain paving near South Gloucestershire£4418
Porcelain paving near South Kesteven£4394
Porcelain paving near South Lanarkshire£4396
Porcelain paving near South Oxfordshire£4425
Porcelain paving near South Somerset£4424
Porcelain paving near South Tyneside£4409
Porcelain paving near Southampton£4413
Porcelain paving near Southend-on-Sea£4412
Porcelain paving near St Albans£4433
Porcelain paving near St Helens£4388
Porcelain paving near Stafford£4391
Porcelain paving near Stockport£4395
Porcelain paving near Stockton-on-Tees£4411
Porcelain paving near Stoke-on-Trent£4394
Porcelain paving near Stratford-on-Avon£4394
Porcelain paving near Stroud£4408
Porcelain paving near Suffolk Coastal£4391
Porcelain paving near Sunderland£4407
Porcelain paving near Swale£4410
Porcelain paving near Swansea£4392
Porcelain paving near Tameside£4395
Porcelain paving near Teignbridge£4392
Porcelain paving near Tendring£4397
Porcelain paving near Test Valley£4414
Porcelain paving near Thamesdown£4404
Porcelain paving near Thanet£4383
Porcelain paving near The Wrekin£4406
Porcelain paving near Thurrock£4425
Porcelain paving near Torbay£4398
Porcelain paving near Trafford£4393
Porcelain paving near Vale of Glamorgan£4388
Porcelain paving near Vale of White Horse£4416
Porcelain paving near Vale Royal£4396
Porcelain paving near Wakefield£4398
Porcelain paving near Walsall£4390
Porcelain paving near Warrington£4392
Porcelain paving near Warwick£4389
Porcelain paving near Waveney£4383
Porcelain paving near Waverley£4440
Porcelain paving near Wealden£4413
Porcelain paving near West Lancashire£4386
Porcelain paving near West Lothian£4416
Porcelain paving near West Wiltshire£4409
Porcelain paving near Wigan£4393
Porcelain paving near Windsor & Maidenhead£4435
Porcelain paving near Wirral£4388
Porcelain paving near Wokingham£4435
Porcelain paving near Wolverhampton£4390
Porcelain paving near Wrexham Maelor£4399
Porcelain paving near Wychavon£4395
Porcelain paving near Wycombe£4432
Porcelain paving near York£4387