Outdoor porcelain laying pattern

12 Aug 2020
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United Kingdom
Hi all

I'm currently in the process of having quotes to lay a porcelain patio (around 2.4m square) and also a path made with the same porcelain tiles.

I have found some tiles that I like and they are 600mm x 600mm. I have read that anything longer than 750mm (which obviously mine would not be) should not be laid half brick bond style due to bowing and instead should be third bond.

Originally I was going to go with a square stack bond as I thought that might look better but one of the guys who came to quote said that would not look right and suggested the half brick bond. Unfortunately I forgot to ask him why! All I can think of with the square stack bond is that it might be harder to lay accurately and any imperfections would be more obvious? I did notice on his Facebook page that he has laid 600mm x 600mm porcelain in both the square stack bond and the half brick bond; both layouts looked fine to me.

I've also read that half bond is not recommended for certain tiles (in a porcelain outdoor brochure which advertises 600x600 tiles, see photo) but there is no explanation as to why.

Please could anyone help with the best layout?

Many thanks in anticipation!


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