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A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Porcelain Kandla Grey Paving

Posted on 25th June 2024

Porcelain Kandla Grey paving is an excellent choice for enhancing the aesthetic and functionality of your outdoor spaces. Known for its durability, low maintenance, and elegant appearance, Kandla Grey porcelain can transform patios, pathways, and garden areas. 

This detailed installation guide is perfect for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts looking to achieve professional results.

Tools and Materials Needed

Before you begin, ensure you have the following tools and materials:

  • Porcelain Kandla Grey paving slabs
  • Sub-base material (MOT Type 1)
  • Sharp sand
  • Cement
  • Water
  • Gravel
  • String line and stakes
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber mallet
  • Trowel
  • Bucket for mixing mortar
  • Spade or shovel
  • Plate compactor (optional)
  • Notched trowel

Step 1: Planning and Preparation

Measure the Area

Start by measuring the area where you plan to install the Kandla Grey porcelain paving. Accurate measurements will help you determine the amount of materials needed. Mark the boundaries using string lines and stakes.

Clear the Area

Clear the area of any vegetation, rocks, and debris. Ensure the ground is level and compact the soil to create a stable base for the paving slabs.

Step 2: Preparing the Base

Lay the Sub-Base

Create a sub-base using MOT Type 1 material. Spread the sub-base evenly across the area to a depth of about 100mm. Use a plate compactor to compact the sub-base, ensuring a solid foundation for the Kandla Grey porcelain paving.

Add a Layer of Sharp Sand

Spread a layer of sharp sand over the compacted sub-base. The sand layer should be about 50mm thick. Level the sand using a straight edge and a spirit level, ensuring a smooth surface.

Step 3: Mixing the Mortar

Prepare the Mortar Mix

Prepare a mortar mix using one part cement to four parts sharp sand. Add water gradually to achieve a workable consistency. The mix should be firm enough to hold its shape but moist enough to bond with the paving slabs.

Spread the Mortar

Using a notched trowel, spread the mortar mix onto the prepared sand base. Work in small sections to prevent the mortar from drying out before you place the porcelain Kandla Grey slabs.

Step 4: Laying the Porcelain Kandla Grey Paving

Position the Slabs

Start laying the Kandla Grey porcelain paving slabs from one corner, working your way across the area. Place each slab onto the mortar bed, pressing it down gently but firmly. Use a rubber mallet to tap the slabs into place, ensuring they are level.

Check the Levels

Regularly check the levels using a spirit level. Adjust the mortar bed as needed to ensure each slab is level with the surrounding slabs. Maintain a consistent gap between the slabs for grouting.

Step 5: Grouting the Slabs

Mix the Grout

Prepare the grout mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a grout float to apply the grout, filling the gaps between the Kandla Grey porcelain slabs.

Clean the Surface

Wipe away any excess grout from the surface of the slabs using a damp sponge. Allow the grout to set for the recommended time before cleaning the surface again.

Step 6: Final Touches

Seal the Paving (Optional)

Although Kandla Grey porcelain is highly durable, sealing the paving can provide additional protection against stains and enhance its appearance. Apply a suitable sealant according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Allow to Set

Allow the paving to set and cure for at least 24-48 hours before using the area. Avoid heavy foot traffic during this period to ensure the slabs and grout set properly.


Installing porcelain Kandla Grey paving can transform your outdoor space into a stylish and functional area. By following this step-by-step guide, you can achieve professional results and enjoy the benefits of Kandla Grey porcelain for years to come.

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