Four Surprising Facts about Porcelain Countertops
If you’re spending additional time at home, maybe you’re using those extra hours daydreaming about your kitchen, and thinking of potential home remodeling ideas you can use to enhance your space. Because the kitchen is a space so many people gravitate towards, it’s important to have both a beautiful and functional space, with materials and appliances that are durable enough to last for years – and that’s where we’d like to help.
If you have the itch to redesign your kitchen, there are plenty of design trends you can browse through while you social distance – and one of the latest countertop trends are porcelain surfaces!
Now, you might be wondering, how can you use porcelain in your home? Isn’t it a beautiful, but delicate, material?
Not exactly. The truth is, porcelain tile has more functionality and design purposes than you’d think. Just like other natural stone surfaces, such as granite, quartz, and marble, porcelain has many unique and durable features that make it a contender for a new countertop material. While it might not seem like a ‘traditional’ stone, it’s one of the most diverse stone materials on the market – and if you’re brainstorming ways to spruce up your kitchen, it’s sure to be a showstopper.
So start daydreaming, brainstorming, and learn more about how you can use porcelain surfaces in your home with these surprising facts.
Porcelain Is An Extremely Durable Countertop
Traditionally, porcelain was known as a delicate, decorative material used for dolls or beautiful china. However today’s porcelain is a durable surface material than originally claimed – and can actually stand it’s own against other natural surfaces. Large porcelain slabs, cut for countertops or flooring, match quartz and granite in terms of their strength. You won’t have to worry about being too rough on these surfaces while you cook in the kitchen.
However, that’s not to say you should treat porcelain like it’s indestructible. Just like other stone materials, it needs to be cared for to prevent daily wear and tear. Unnecessary stress, or too much weight, can create chips and scratches just like other stone materials. Regular maintenance and avoiding common countertop problems will be sufficient enough to protect the integrity of your kitchen countertops.
Heat Resistant – Ideal for Busy Kitchens
One of the trickiest parts about natural stone surfaces is knowing how to care for them, and for many surfaces, heat can be one of the external factors that can damage the finish or appearance of your countertops.
If you are someone who loves to cook, bake, or constantly has hot pots on your countertop, then it might be time to explore the possibilities of porcelain slabbed countertops. Because porcelain is baked within a kiln at extreme heat, it’s far more durable and heat resistant compared to other materials, so withstanding high temperatures isn’t a problem. You won’t have to worry about damaging the exterior of your countertops nearly as much.
Less Porous Than Other Materials
Certain countertop surfaces are prone to absorbing materials more than others, and these surfaces are known as highly porous. This is something that can be problematic with certain natural materials, because they are able to absorb outside materials and coloration. This can change the overall appearance, style, and finish of your countertops, if things like coffee or wine sit for too long.
However, porcelain is one of the less porous natural stone materials, which means it’s highly resistant to staining or other unexpected spills that happen in the kitchen! This is a great feature for a backsplash as well, because lots of unforeseen messes and splatters can be cleaned with ease. All you have to do is follow the proper countertop cleaning tips, and you’ll be good to go!
Elegant, Easy Design
If you want a modern, but elegant, surface in your kitchen, porcelain should be at the top of your list. The porcelain for today’s surfaces is created to mimic natural stone, with various patterns or veining throughout the surface. Like marble, it’s a very complimentary stone, that can match a variety of brightly colored, or natural wood cabinets. Your kitchen design possibilities are endless.
Porcelain can also have a very polished, finished look if you so choose, or matte options are available. A matte finish can tone down the overall appearance of your kitchen, taking it from modern to rustic, just by removing this one simple component. Porcelain requires specific edge treatments so be sure to discuss that with your sales representative.
Most importantly, to care and keep these surfaces looking clean, all you need is a little water and soap to maintain the appearance of your countertops. Anything else can chip away at the finish, and overall appearance of your countertops, so make sure you follow the do’s and don’ts of countertop cleaning.