Porcelain tile is a fantastic surfacing option for landscaped areas, but can be susceptible to flooding due to its impermeable surface. Find out how to combat this issue with the VersiPave adjustable paver solution from Elmich.
While the non-porous material of porcelain tiles are great for maintenance, the high surface tension causes water to sit on the surface of the paver until it evaporates. This is highly hazardous for public spaces and also detracts from the aesthetic of the area.
The perfect solution to this issues is VersiPave by Elmich, a paver support that raises the tiles and allows for water to flow underneath. VersiPave units can be snapped into halves or quadrants for wall and corner junctions, making this product the most economical solution for elevated paving systems. The installer only needs to commit one VersiPave unit per tile; this minimises waste, which is especially important when there are multiple wall and corner junctions over numerous balconies.
This system eliminates the need for screeds reducing the dead loads on building structures and allows the builder to easily access the membrane if required.
When using porcelain tiles on paver supports it is important to incorporate a fall into the finished surface to ensure the water is shed to the 4mm open joints. Using VersiPave, each corner of the tile is independently adjustable, so the installer can easily create falls across the site. It is especially important not to use self-levelling paver supports as this will ensure water is retained on the surface of the tile.
When set down heights demand 200mm or greater, it is more economical to use the VersiJack paver support. VersiJack screw jack pedestals are available with a slope corrector that can be utilised to incorporate a fall. Finer adjustment on each corner can be achieved using 1mm or 2mm neoprene shims.
When specifying porcelain tiles for your outdoor space, don’t forget the importance of using VersiPave to ensure your surface stays safe and aesthetically pleasing.
To find out more about this product, contact Elmich or visit their website via the links below.