The popularity of porcelain slabs for work surfaces within kitchens and bathrooms is growing. The reason why is that porcelain comes with a long list of pros and a very small list of disadvantages.
Hopefully this overview of why porcelain is a brilliant choice for the home, with why there are some drawbacks, will give you all of the information you need in order to make a decision about whether or not it is for you and your home.
Advantages to Porcelain
- Porcelain is available in a huge range of colours, patterns and finishes. The varied pigmentation of the raw materials within porcelain creates such a big range of colours to choose from. In terms of finishes, the pigmentation can give the porcelain the appearance of any natural stone that contains veining, such as marble.
- What’s more is that the colour and appearance that you achieve with your porcelain slabs will never fade. Porcelain is UV resistant which means that wherever you place your porcelain work surfaces, whether it is in direct sunlight or not, it will not make a difference on the fading over time.
- Porcelain is also available is large slab sizes, unlike a lot of other materials. This gives you the flexibility and ability to purchase one single slab for your kitchen island, so the need for fusing multiple slabs together is removed.
- Perfect for kitchens and areas where harsh chemicals or food items that can be harsh on surfaces are being used is work surfaces that are stain resistant. Porcelain offers you exactly that! Porcelain gives you the ease of mind as it is so easy to keep clean and tidy. In addition to that, porcelain is also scratch resistant. Kitchen areas have many sharp and heavy objects such as scissors and knives being used daily, so having a scratch resistant surface is paramount.
- Lastly, both manufacturers and customers benefit from porcelain being so perfect for being handled. Porcelain is great when it comes to the fitting and preparing for installation, as it can be handled and cut so easily within the factory which makes for a quick process.
Disadvantages of Porcelain
As we mentioned above, Porcelain comes with many advantages and a distinct low amount of disadvantages. The one downfall of porcelain is that it can be chipped or cracked, however it will take much more force and weight to damage porcelain than any natural stone work surfaces.