Porcelain Slabs for Toronto Design
Porcelain slabs are Toronto’s
newest design trend. Read on to learn more about this innovative countertop
What are the aspects you look for
in a kitchen countertop material? A list of the best attributes for countertop
material might include:
- Heat resistant
- Scratch resistant
- Stain resistant
- Ease of care
Some countertop materials contain
most of these features; some contain a few in good measure but lack others.
Every countertop material has advantages and disadvantages. Marble, for
example, is extremely beautiful, but it is comparatively expensive. Stainless
steel is heat resistant, but it smudges easily and can be hard to clean.
Granite is very durable, but it needs to be resealed on a regular basis, and
can be stained by certain foods. Some plastic laminates are affordable and
sturdy, but they lack beauty.
Toronto’s design community is
excited about a new twist on a very old material – porcelain. Porcelain was
invented in ancient China; the earliest porcelain was found in Shang Dynasty
ruins close to Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan Province. Porcelain is made
from kaolin clay, fired at very high temperatures. It can withstand temperature
changes, and, with care, it will last
In North America, of course, we
have used porcelain tile in interior and exterior design for centuries. In the
1990s, porcelain slab was introduced as an alternative to stone, laminate, and
engineered stone countertop material. However, it couldn’t be manufactured in
very large pieces, and it had other drawbacks that kept it from being a player
in the countertop market. Recent innovations to manufacturing techniques,
however, are bringing porcelain slab to the forefront again, and all
indications are that porcelain slab countertops are poised to become the next
big trend in interior design.
The Porcelain Advantage
First, porcelain slab is very
strong; stronger than granite, one of nature’s hardest substances. Along with
strength, porcelain slab has durability. In fact, porcelain slab counters are
recommended for homeowners who want to create an outdoor space, since this
hardy material stands up well to rain, hail, sleet, and snow.
Porcelain slab is heat resistant.
It’s non porous, so it’s stain resistant. It’s not easily scratched, either by
cutlery or abrasive cleansers.
Like fine stone, porcelain slab
is available in as many colours as you can imagine. However, unlike stone,
designers can create incredible customized patterns on porcelain slab. New
glazing techniques and inkjet printing systems have made it possible to
manufacture porcelain slab that looks like metal, wood, or even fabric!
Porcelain slab is thin. Because
of this, it’s easy to cut, shape, and install. Its slim look makes it perfect
for contemporary designs with sleek lines. And if you have an existing
countertop that you want to replace, it’s possible that a porcelain slab
countertop could be installed right on top of the old one.
Integrated sinks reduce water leaking
and make your countertop look smooth and efficient. While integrated sinks are
already feasible with some other types of countertop materials, porcelain slab
takes the idea to new heights by making it possible to include an integrated
sink that exactly matches the colour and pattern of the countertop!
Get in on the Ground Floor
Visit a stone supplier’s
showroom, and learn more about this revolutionary new countertop material.