A modern interpretation of natural stone cobblestones.
Sometimes referred to as Belgian Blocks or setts, cobblestone pavers have been used for paving roads in European villages and cities since Roman times.
And now with modern manufacturing techniques, the charm and classic look of centuries old stone cobblestone paving has become much easier to achieve. Durable, dense and frostproof, Archatrak porcelain cobblestones are easier to lay than natural stone and much superior to concrete in appearance and technical features.
With three distinct cobblestone format options, creating a classic looking European cobblestone driveway, walkway or pedestrian plaza is now a much more realistic option.
Add in the unsurpassed durability, frost, stain, moss and mildew resistance of porcelain pavers and you’ll appreciate why Archatrak porcelain cobblestones offer such an exceptional opportunity to create unique, low maintenance, paved surfaces with character.
Precisely dimensioned, rich colors, antique character, textured surface and edges. Choose from 8″ x 8″ and 8″ x 12″ tiles , 24″ x 24″, ¾” thick pavers, or single 4” x 4”, 2 ½” thick blocks. To download the Porcelain Cobblestone catalog, click here.
8” x 8” or 8” x 12” x ¾” thick porcelain tiles recreating the look of classic European style roadway paving. Precise size and thickness simplifies and speeds installation. Also excellent for character filled interior flooring for commercial establishments.
24’ X 24” x ¾” thick porcelain pavers replicating the look of traditional cobblestones laid in either a regular brick or fan pattern. Large format slabs ensure rapid installation on broad pedestrian walkways and public plazas.
4” x 4” x 2 ½” thick porcelain blocks resembling traditional basalt cobblestone blocks or setts, but precisely dimensioned for ease of laying. Ideal for areas with regular vehicular traffic – roads, car parks and driveways.
What Makes our Porcelain Cobblestone a Better Choice
With a unique combination of excellent scratch resistance, frost resistance, slip resistance, fire resistance, fade resistance and very low maintenance, Archatrak’s porcelain cobblestones provide an outstanding alternative to more traditional paving and patio flooring products including concrete, stone and wood.
Unlike most other paving materials including concrete, natural stone and wood, both the surface and body of porcelain cobblestone are non porous, so liquids, oils or chemical spills can’t penetrate. You can simply wipe or wash off any spills. Porcelain cobblestones are even resistant to weak acids and bases.
Porcelain is an extremely hard and dense material which resists scratching and marking by most objects. The cobblestones can thus be used in areas subject to high foot traffic such as plaza decks, patio decks and where tables and chairs are in regular use, such as outdoor bars and restaurants.
Since water cannot penetrate the interior of porcelain cobblestones, unlike more porous materials such as natural stone and concrete, they don’t suffer freeze/thaw cracking in sub zero conditions, making them suitable even for the most severe climatic locations.
The lightly textured surface, coupled with ultra-low porosity that enables quick water run off, means that outdoor porcelain cobblestones will meet most slip resistant requirements for both home and commercial use.
Porcelain outdoor pavers don’t need applications of sealers or protective coatings nor any fixed schedule maintenance programs. Washing with water and maybe a stiff broom from time to time to remove dirt and organic matter (grass, soil, leaves etc.) is all that’s normally required to keep pavers in top condition.
Unlike wood planks or structural wood tiles, porcelain outdoor tiles are completely fireproof, so can be used where strict fire regulations apply, such as on rooftops in densely populated urban regions.
Due to modern manufacturing methods and digital printing techniques, porcelain outdoor tiles can be produced in an outstanding range of colors and styles, including colors that are virtually indistinguishable from natural stone, but with the added advantages of much superior stain resistance and freeze/thaw cracking resistance.
Structural porcelain pavers are much thicker, harder, stronger, and denser than typical outdoor floor tiles of ceramic material so can be used as floating deck tiles with adjustable height pedestal systems for constructing raised outdoor flooring for flat roof decks and terraces, eliminating the need for more expensive grating or grid support structures.
For the equivalent strength characteristics, porcelain pavers are lighter (only 9 lbs per sq ft) than both concrete paving slabs and paving stones, so are easier and less expensive to transport and move to the job site. When used for elevated paving, porcelain pavers are much easier to lift up than pedestal supported concrete pavers should there be a need to inspect or service any installed wiring or pipework under the pavers.