After a steady rise in popularity over the last couple of years, it seems porcelain paving is here to stay. It’s easy to see why it has become the material of choice for homeowners; it’s available in a range of designs, has a slip resistant surface and isn’t affected by the changing British weather. But when it comes to installation, there is some debate around which method is best. A traditional solid base and tile adhesive seems the best route to go down, but if you are installing porcelain pavers onto a balcony or terrace this is not a practical option – this is where pedestals come in.
What is a paving pedestal system?
These plastic pedestals don’t look like much but they can be used to create a tiled area on balconies and terraces quite easily. Most systems involve using a series of plastic pedestals to support the tiles and create a raised floor. There are a number of different types available including adjustable, self-levelling and extendable. This system is relatively mess-free and uses no adhesive or grout, leaving the joints between the tiles completely open. The base will need to have the correct falls and be fully waterproofed to allow the water to drain away below the tiles.
Benefits of the Eterno Ivica paving pedestal system
There are a range of benefits of using Eterno pedestals on balconies and terraces, we’ve listed some of them below:
- Self-levelling head for easy installation
- Better thermal insulation
- Improved acoustic insulation
- Significantly lighter
- Hides pipes and equipment
- Flat & level surface
- Excellent absorption of structural movement
- Quick drainage through open joints
- Very strong & resistant to loads
- Easy to remove or replace a single tile
How to install Eterno Ivica paving pedestals
Eterno Ivica pedestals are relatively easy to install – we have outlined the basic instructions below.
- Measure the height you want your finished patio to sit at and take away the thickness of the tile – this will give you the height of the pedestal you will need. Patio height – tile thickness = pedestal height.
- Use a length of string to mark the finished patio height across the whole area –
the pedestals will need to be adjusted in some areas to accommodate the falls in the base – check it is level using a spirit level.
- Place four pedestals at the corners of where you are laying your first tile. Remove the unused spacer tabs by snapping them so the only remaining one’s are in the joints.
- Place a spirit level on top of the tile and adjust the pedestal using a Pedestal Adjustment Key until it is level. Continue to do this as each tile is installed. Do not stand on the tile while adjusting the pedestal underneath it. The self-levelling head compensates for gradients up to 5%.
- In corners or around edges the pedestals can be cut using a saw.
- Use a length of wood or a long rule and a spirit level, check the finished area is level.
Watch the below video from Eterno Ivica for a visual installation guide.
Eterno Ivica paving pedestals at Tile Fix Direct
We stock a number of Eterno Ivica pedestal products at Tile Fix Direct for use on balconies and terraces:
- Eterno Self-Levelling Adjustable Pedestals from 28mm to 215mm high
- Pedestal Extension Piece which can be used to extend the pedestals up to 550mm
- Star.T Thin Flooring Support for use with low height patios from 8-15mm.
- Star.B Extension Piece for the Star.T to raise it from 15mm to 30mm.
- Perimeter Clip – a spring loaded clip which is fixed to the top of the pedestal and provides a barrier between the paving and the wall.
- Upper and Lower Edging Clip for holding in place tiled upstands around steps or balcony edges.