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Posted on November 28, 2017 by Frank John Garcia in Tile

Gulf Tile on Home Pros Discussing Outdoor Trends

Gulf Tile Vice President, Lou Piniella shared the latest outdoor trends and tips with Tampa’s Morning Blend co-host Carley Boyett for a new segment of Home Pros. Lou brought Del Conca USA’s General Manager Juan Molina with him to discuss the company’s due2 product and how it is transforming Floridians’ outdoor spaces.

Carley explained that, in Florida, outdoor spaces are just as important to home owners as indoor areas in terms of family time, entertaining, and more. With the great Florida weather, most people want to get outside as much as possible.

Enhancing Outdoor Areas

People often come to Gulf Tile seeking to augment their outdoor areas, enhancing them as much as possible. Lou showed Carley examples of the due2 product by Del Conca, and discussed how this 20-mm thick through body porcelain paver is an excellent resource to accomplish this objective.  Lou went on to explain that Del Conca has been producing this product in Italy for the past decade. The company opened a new plant in Tennessee about 3 years ago, which Gulf Tile is proud to represent.

Benefits of due2 by Del Conca USA

Juan Molina shared that the due2 product has been exploding in Europe as more and more people are focused on improving their outdoor living areas. Del Conca USA is the first manufacturer to produce this product in the US in their factory in Louden, Tennessee. The due2 product is a porcelain paver with similar properties to the porcelain products you would find inside your home, but with additional benefits that are perfect for outdoor usage, especially in Florida, which include:

  • No sealing required
  • Stain resistant, including grease
  • Easy to maintain, including no need to pressure wash
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Chemical resistant so it is perfect for pool areas

It is a lower maintenance choice compared to alternative products such as natural stone or cement pavers. This product is perfect for pool areas, patios, walkways and even driveways when correctly installed.

Easy Installation

Del Conca USA created exterior pavers to be installed in dry-set applications over grass, sand and gravel. For an involved project, such as a pool deck with rounded edges, professional installation is recommended. However, a home owner who can tackle smaller projects, such as patio areas and walkways, can install this unique paver on their own. Lou then directed Carley’s attention to the pavers they were standing on. “You can see our sample where it is installed over simulated grass that we use instead of grout.

Trends and Colors

Juan Molina explained that in the US Del Conca currently manufacture four styles of the due2 pavers including ones that look exactly like:

  • Travertine 
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Wood

The beautiful wood pavers are very popular at the moment and much more durable than the average wood decking.

Lou pointed out that many homeowners prefer a seamless transition from interior to exterior spaces. Del Conca products are available in the same styles but different thicknesses, so you can create a cohesive look and feel throughout your entire home.

Carley finished the segment by stating that Gulf Tile is the place you need to come to learn more about this product and Lou agreed. Call one of our five locations, visit one of our showrooms, or contact our design team and, we’d be happy to help and provide any information you’d require.

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