I recently attended The 2017 Coverings Trade Show in Orlando, FL. I was very impressed with a new outdoor product called Kronos USA Porcelain Pavers available at Tile Outlets of America. They have three locations: Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa, FL. The pavers are thicker than ordinary pavers at 2 cm or 3/4 inch and can be installed outdoors. The pavers are unique because they consist of 14 SKUs (5 wood looks, 3 shell stone looks, 2 Travertine looks, 2 stone looks, and 2 Quarzite looks) that are each 2 cm thick and 24 x 24 inch square. The Coral Stone finish comes in white cool, tan, or black and is very popular in Florida as is the Icon Travertine in pearl and river shades. Kronos Pavers also manufacture two special coping pieces for pools that are 16x24 inches and have the added beauty of coming in either a rounded or beveled edge.
The tiles are great for outdoors since they are thicker and stronger compared to the normal 10mm tile. The Kronos USA Porcelain Pavers are being used to install walkways, garden paths, swimming pool areas, balconies, patios, terraces, garages, gazebos, etc. They are also slip-resistance, resistant to thermal shock, maintenance free, quick draining, easy to install, fade resistant, reusable, impact resistant, and available in many colors and styles.
There are four different installation systems with these pavers. They can be installed on grass for a Zen Garden Look. They can be dry installed onto soft ground. An adhesive installation is also available. Or, they can be installed using the raised floor installation process.
There is little maintenance because of the qualities of porcelain. Cleaning would only require using water mixed with a non-abrasive floor detergent.
The pavers are manufactured in Tennessee and can be delivered to Tile Outlets of America in 5 days from the purchase order.
Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.