Quality Porcelain Slabs Hit the Toronto Market
Are you building a new home or renovating your
current kitchen? If you are, you’ll want to know about the rising popularity of
high quality porcelain slabs, the countertop material that’s being touted as a
game-changer in the world of Toronto interior design. You may have already
investigated the pros and cons of various other countertop materials such as
natural marble slab, natural granite slab, granite tiles, porcelain tiles,
wood, stainless steel, concrete, recycled glass, solid surface, engineered
stone, and laminate, but you may not have heard of porcelain slab. In many
places, this new material is not yet available, but fortunately a few of
Toronto’s better stone suppliers are now carrying it.
Trends in countertop material change from year to
year. In the 1960s and 70s, laminate was ubiquitous. Later, it fell from favour
as more durable products rose in popularity. Today granite slabs top the list
of favourite countertop materials. Natural stone has a timeless appeal, and it
always will. But for those who are looking for an alternative to fine stone,
porcelain slab may be the answer.
Three Reasons to Choose High Quality Porcelain Slabs for Your Toronto
Durability, aesthetic appeal, and price are the
main criteria that most homeowners use when choosing countertops. Evaluating
natural stone using these standards, porcelain slab gets very high marks.
- Durability. Porcelain is a
ceramic material made by heating kaolin clay at very high temperatures (2,200
and 2,600 °F). It was developed in China during the Han dynasty (196 BC – 220
AD). Porcelain tiles have been used in interior decoration for centuries, but
the technology to create large thin sheets of porcelain has only recently been
developed. Some manufacturers estimate that porcelain slab is 30% stronger than
granite, which is one of the hardest materials on Earth. Porcelain slab is
heat-resistant; like natural stone, you can place a hot pan on the surface
without worrying that it will damage it. Porcelain slab is also
scratch-resistant; normal household wear and tear will not harm it. In addition
to these benefits, colour and design won’t fade or discolour.
versatility. Interior designers love working with porcelain slab for a number of
reasons. First, the possibilities for colour and pattern are endless. The slabs
can be manufactured in any colour and with any repeating pattern. A consumer
can even email an original design and a pattern can be created from it. Since
most manufacturers also make porcelain tile, tiles that precisely match a
countertop can be used to create interesting effects. In addition, porcelain
slab can integrate sinks right into the surface – and sinks can continue the same colour and pattern as the
countertop. Even stove burners can be integrated into the surface, with Spanish
manufacturers getting ready to market porcelain slab containing induction
burners placed wherever the consumer would like them without interrupting
visual flow. Porcelain slab is tough enough to be used outdoors, which means
that designers can use the material to bridge indoor-outdoor spaces. Lastly,
the material can been finished with either polished or honed finish.
- Cost. Porcelain
countertops are comparable in cost to medium-to-high-end materials such as
granite, engineered stone, or solid surface.
High quality porcelain slabs are available from
better fine stone specialists in the Greater Toronto Area. Visit a stone
supplier today and learn more about this amazing countertop material!