What Tools Do I Need To Install Porcelain Paving?

February 2022
Anton White

 Depending on what sort of subframe system you decide to install porcelain paving tiles on, you may need different equipment. Typically, you will need the same sort of tools and equipment, such as tile cutters and some sort of spacers. Tile tools are designed for specific uses during an installation process and attempting to find alternatives could end up costing you valuable time and money in the future if you encounter any problems from using the wrong kinds of tools.


With that in mind, here are a list of tools needed with an explanation as to why:




Most Porcelain Paving jobs with require cuts to make sure they fit perfectly during the installation. The more creative installations will require cuts to be made at various angles and curves which are not supplied as standard with porcelain. High strength porcelain means that it is occasionally challenging to cut but a professional ‘diamond tip’ sawblade must be used rather than a standard masonry blade. A ‘diamond tip’ saw can also be used to make fine cuts in materials such as ceramic, glass or natural stone. You will be able to tell the difference between the two as they feature a continuous rim which ensures a precise cut, as opposed to a large segment blade which can cause chipping and cracking.


  1. Diamond Drill Bits


In many Porcelain Paving installations, clients will specify for small holes to be cut in the tiles for lighting or pipes. Drilling into tiles requires exact precision and high-quality tools to make sure that you can make a perfect break through without any damages to the tiles. Without the use of diamond drill bits, you could end up breaking and damaging many tiles, this could end up costing a lot to replace and more expensive if you’d just bought the correct tools for the job.


Ideally look for a diamond drill bit that features wet cutting, so that you are able to reduce the amount of dust, debris and even noise that may result from the cutting.


  1. Spacers


To precisely align each tile, you will require tile spacers to keep the design correctly proportioned and without this, the whole installation would look terrible. If you are deciding to lay porcelain paving on top of pedestals to help with the drainage, they will already be designed to have a spacer tab. OVAEDA supply 2 types of pedestals which Porcelain Paving can be directly placed on, self-levelling & fixed head. Using pedestals makes for an extremely quick and easy install because unlike using mortar, you can complete it during any type of weather.



  1. Mortar mixer


If you are looking to set porcelain in a traditional sense and use a mortar mixture, you will need a tile mortar mixer to achieve the right sort of consistency. Having a top-quality mixer isn’t completely necessary but you will get far better results by using one. It will help to achieve a strong bond, which in turn gives you a very long lasting installation and will not have to worry about any tiles moving out of place in the future.


Other small tools we suggest you use are:


  • A shovel - for removing soil and moving mortar
  • Rubber Buckets - for transporting dirt and mortar
  • Tile Trowels - for levelling and moving mortar into position
  • Rubber Mallet - for levelling tiles when setting with mortar
  • String Line - for ensuring straight lines when using mortar
  • Spirit Level - to level tiles or aluminium rails
  • Gloves - to protect your hands from cuts and abrasive materials
  • Facemask - for when cutting porcelain as to not inhale dust
  • Eye Protection - to protect your eyes when cutting aluminium and porcelain
  • Knee Pads - to save your knees - you'll be kneeling down a lot!


 Using OVAEDA’s Aluminium Subframe System?


You might need a Chop Saw With Aluminium Cutting Blade

If you have decided to complete a porcelain paving area with OVAEDA’s aluminium subframe system, then you will need a slightly different set of tools to be able to progress with the job. Depending on your area, you will most likely need a chop saw with an aluminium cutting blade attachment to be able to cut straight through the aluminium joists. This is a simple process, made easy with the attachment.




OVAEDA’s Porcelain Paving is available in a wide range of finishes, colours and sizes. Each are easy to install and low maintenance all year round. To be able to keep their stunning finish consistent, we would recommend cleaning your paving tiles once or twice a year, with warm water and regular household soap. Using a soft bristle brush, you can easily remove unwanted dirt and grime. The tiles are also resistant to sunlight so will boast extreme longevity for many years to come.


What Now?

Now that you have read all that you need to know about porcelain paving, you may begin thinking about using it as an option for your garden or balcony. With so many options available, we know it can seem like a big decision to make. Why not begin by ordering one of our free sample boxes to help you choose which style will best suit you?

You can also call us on 0208 159 2999 or send us an email to sales@ovaeda.com to get quotes, guidance and any technical support with your plans. If you think you will require the help of a professional installer, we are happy to recommend one to assist.