More Pedestal Makers Present at Cersaie 2017 Trade Show

Posted on October 19th, 2017

The Cersaie trade show held in Bologna each year at the end of September/early October is the premier trade show for the ceramic tiles and accessories industry. Whilst the main focus is on ceramic and porcelain tiles and bathroom fittings, a number of pedestal makers also display their product range. This year, two additional companies were displaying at least a limited range of adjustable height pedestals – Peygran from Spain and Proline from Germany. Also the Austrian company Terra Firma had added an adjustable height pedestal (which uses PVC column for higher elevations) to their range of fixed height pads.
But the biggest display and also the most active in terms of visitors was the Eterno display were giving demonstrations at approximately hourly intervals of their aluminum rail system. The system is particularly useful when used with narrower porcelain pavers such as 12″ x 48″ or 16″ x 48″ size as it can reduce the number of pedestals that are needed. The aluminum rails are placed on the the pedestals by a special type of head and spacer tabs are slid along the groove in the top of the rail to give the correct spacing between pavers. Speed of installation is one of the particular advantages of this particular installation method.

Perimeter Spacers Maintain Ideal Gap at Perimeter Walls

Posted on May 15th, 2017

Perimeter clips can be attached to the pedestal heads installed around the perimeter of deck to keep the outside edge of porcelain pavers at an an ideal spacing of approx. 3/8″ ¬†from the wall. These stainless steel clips are basically spring loaded which gives them a number of advantages:
it ensures that the pavers in the body of the deck area are held tight against the tabs on the pedestal heads to prevent movement

It allows water to drain away freely at the perimeter walls

It avoids scratching or marking of the perimeter walls by the sharp edges of the pavers

it permits a small degree of expansion and contraction on the deck area but keeps the pavers tightly positioned


Rubber Support Pads Make Resurfacing a Patio a Simple DIY Job

Posted on May 1st, 2017

Although many of us would love to get rid of our bland, or maybe cracked concrete patio, we generally think of this as being outside our area of expertise and we’d need to employ an expensive contractor. But these days, that’s not necessarily true.

Porcelain pavers offer a very easy and convenient way of covering any hard surface, whether it’s concrete, and old tiled patio, or even an existing wood deck. Basically you simply lay the 24″ x 24″ porcelain pavers directly over the top of the existing surface, no particular surface preparation is required. And how do you do this?

The solution is to use our 3/8″ or 5/8″ high rubber support pads. With these pedestal support pads you simply place them under each corner of the paver so the paver is supported only on the four corners. Although the 3/4″ thick porcelain pavers are much thinner than bulky concrete pavers, they are designed to support up to 2000 pounds, so that’s why you simply have them supported on each of the four corners.

The rubber pads serve multiple purposes. Firstly they lift the pavers slightly off the surface so that water will drain away underneath. Secondly they provide some sound absorption and also a degree of shock protection. Thirdly their very good frictional properties mean that the pavers stay in place on the surface and generally you won’t need any retaining barrier around the outside of your paved area.

Many people ask “what about the gaps between the pavers?” The answer is you don’t do anything with these gaps which makes it even easier for installation. The gaps allow water to flow off the surface much quicker than any conventional grouted tile surface and in addition, it resolves a problem often experienced in particularly cold regions where water may creep underneath the tiles, freeze in cold weather and start buckling the tiles.

Porcelain pavers are much easier to handle than concrete pavers even though they weigh 36 lb. each, since that’s a lot less weight than a conventional concrete slab paver. And although you’ll need a wet saw if you have to cut any pavers, at 3/4″ thick, they are much easier to cut than a concrete slab.

Plus the color range in porcelain pavers can in no way be compared with concrete pavers. Okay, the concrete guys try produce simulated wood look pavers, but these are not a patch on the range of wood look pavers available in porcelain, because porcelain pavers used modern digital printing techniques which can almost faithfully reproduce the look of not only wood, but natural stones as well. And the depth of color, variation in shade tone and even pattern is simply remarkable.

So you don’t need to put up with your concrete paved patio, terrace veranda or porch any longer. With porcelain pavers and rubber decking support pads you can create a stunning new look for any exterior surface in a matter of hours.