Has the growing variety of porcelain countertop options made it the perfect material your kitchen?
Though it’s been used in bathroom fixtures for ages, porcelain countertops are a relatively new concept – particularly in the kitchen. Improved manufacturing and durability, as well as a growing number of styles, has created a definite uptick in porcelain’s popularity. One simply has to browse the material’s many positive features to understand why it might just be the perfect kitchen countertop solution.
- Low maintenance durability
Heat and scratch resistant like granite, as well as non-porous like quartz, porcelain countertops really do stand out for their durability. Also, after installation, there’s no need to seal them. Warm water is all that is needed for clean up. They’re the perfect option for the high-use kitchen.
- Wide range of colours and patterns
Glazing pigments added during fabrication of porcelain can produce patterns similar to natural stone, complete with veining. However, porcelain can also be manufactured with a variety of consistent colours throughout. Whatever your kitchen colour scheme may be, there’s a fair chance porcelain countertops will suit it.
- Varying finishes
Need a high gloss finish to suit your traditional kitchen? No problem. Want a matte countertop for your natural wood kitchen island? Got it! Whatever your countertop finish preferences may be, porcelain has you covered.
- Slab size
Porcelain countertops can be manufactured in slabs that are much larger than natural stone. Slabs of up to 3 metres by 1 metre for example can easily cover entire kitchen islands and countertops. Porcelain countertops speed up installation and reduce the number of potentially unsightly seams.
- Thin and lightweight for easy installation
Porcelain countertops can be formed into large slabs because of their thin, lightweight properties. Though offered in a variety of thicknesses, porcelain countertops are often fabricated as 5 mm slabs, which are perfect for modern spaces with clean lines. In fact, porcelain countertops are so thin they can easily be installed on top of pre-existing countertops!
- Sink integration
For many interior designers, this porcelain countertop feature is the most promising! Though natural stone allows for the sleek integration of sinks too, porcelain’s ability to take on any colour opens a world of possibilities for creative sink integration.