How to choose a garden tile

Pavement tiles, which the owners of the suburban plots often call garden, have long established themselves as a durable, long-lasting covering for paving squares, pavements, park paths. Recently, this material has been increasingly used for paving garden paths in suburban areas. There is a huge selection of paving slabs on the market today - what should we focus on first?

Production method

The manufacturing method has a strong influence on a range of operational and aesthetic characteristics of the tile, which is produced by one of two methods. The first is to use vibratory casting. This method involves the manual production of products. Because of this, it is not always possible to strictly maintain the geometry of the tile, which is more than offset by the clarity of the drawings, a large selection of shades, shapes. A similar tile can be recommended for paving garden plots, which are not expected to a large load.
The second production method is vibratory pressing. The resulting tile is more resistant to heavy loads, mechanical damage. The final product has a less attractive appearance, which is not surprising, since production is continuous. The shapes of tiles made by vibropressing are of the same type: rectangles, rhombus, square, etc. However, there are also advantages, - strict geometry, facilitating installation and low cost. Such tiles are well suited for paving sites that are driven by cars.

Other selection criteria

Pay attention to the thickness of the product; if it is 4 cm, then the tile is suitable only for walking. In order for the pavement to withstand at least a bicycle, a thickness of at least 6 cm is necessary. For passenger cars, a tile of 7-8 cm thick is needed, for cargo cars - 10 cm or more. Another selection criterion is frost resistance, measured in cycles. A quality product must withstand at least 150 freeze-thaw cycles. These data should be contained in the certificate of the product, which is probably available from the seller.
Another selection criterion is the color of the product.If it is too bright, it does not mean that the tile is of high quality. Oversaturation of the shade means that during the production, an excessive amount of dye was put into the mass, which can later lead to the destruction of the product (the tile will simply crumble). The quality of drying can be checked by ear; pick up a couple of tiles and knock together. The sonorous sound indicates that the products are well dried, deaf says a violation of production technology.