Porcelain slabs for GTA kitchens
give homeowners design flexibility. Learn more about this durable, trendy countertop
Porcelain slab countertops were
first introduced in the 1990s, but they have recently been gaining a larger
share of the market. Improvements to the manufacture of porcelain slab mean
that this attractive and low-maintenance material now has even more features to
Advantages of Porcelain
Porcelain is an extremely durable substance, reckoned to be 30%
more durable than granite. In fact, porcelain is so durable that it’s even
suitable for both indoor and outdoor areas. If you are thinking of installing
an outdoor sink and countertop, porcelain is probably the best choice; it
stands up well to sun, wind, rain and snow. This versatility also allows
designers to connect indoor/outdoor spaces.
to stains. Porcelain is also extremely stain-resistant. Plastics, natural
stone, wood, and other materials can be stained by acidic food or liquids, but
because porcelain is not porous, it resists staining by even the strongest
foodstuff or cleanser.
resistant. Porcelain is also resistant to scratches and scrapes.
A porcelain slab is much more affordable than stone slab, and it
offers the same kind of convenience.
sinks with flair. Porcelain slab has an additional design
advantage, in that sinks can be built right into the slab! Integral sinks are
not a new idea, but with porcelain slabs, integral sinks can be produced in any
colour and design to match the slab.
surface. The thinness of porcelain slab makes this material a great idea for
sleek modern designs. If you are trying to replace an existing countertop,
porcelain slab is so slim that it can often be installed on top of stone or
Some homeowners are concerned about possible off-gassing or
toxic chemicals contained in household products. Porcelain is an ancient
material that’s made by heating kaolin clay.
Manufacturers can now produce porcelain slabs as large as 5’ x
10’. This means that fewer seams are needed, and areas such as islands can be
to install. Fabricators like porcelain slab since it’s much lighter and
easier to handle than stone. All the tools fabricators use to cut stone work
well with porcelain slabs.
tiles. Because a porcelain slab is often produced in a facility that
makes tiles, it will be possible for designers to combine a slab countertop
with other room elements such as tiles of the same color and pattern on the
floors, walls and baseboard.
looks. Improved glaze techniques make it possible to produce realistic
wood, metallic, and fabric looks.
innovation. Industry leaders tell us that in the near future, designers will
also be able to incorporate elements like stove burners right into the surface
of the slab.
Advances in porcelain slab
manufacture are fairly recent, but indications are that these improvements are
leading to a trend toward the material. Make your predictions now – for this
material combines the durability of granite, the stain resistance of granite,
the ease of handling of laminate, and the design mutability of solid surface
Visit a stone showroom today and
find out more about porcelain slab countertops.