Porcelain is stronger than most other surfaces!
Usually coming in at a 7 on the Mohs scale, porcelain is harder than many natural stones it is on par with the hardness of quartz. Porcelain is also stronger, more durable, and practical than other similiar surface options. This tough material is resistant to heat, stains, scratches, chemicals, and even UV light. That means porcelain can be used outdoors and won’t fade!
Porcelain is hygienic and low maintenance!
Being the dense, nonporous material it is, sealers are not required to protect porcelain’s surface and it will resist the buildup of bacteria, mold, and allergens – a quality highly desired in this new normal. Unlike natural stone, gentle cleaners are not required for porcelain and it can handle common cleaning products.
Porcelain’s size has a lot to offer!
Porcelain slabs come in larger sizes than natural stone, which will minimize and sometimes eliminate the need for seams. They’re also thinner than natural stone slabs and much, much lighter. Not only is this beneficial for the maintenance of the surface, but it swings the door wide open for expansive, large-scale projects limited by the weight and cost of natural stone. Porcelain can also be made in a variety of thicknesses giving it incredible versatility for any project.
Porcelain’s looks are almost exceeding their performance!
Our vendors employ the most advanced ink-jet technology to mimic some of the most sought-after marbles and quartzites on the market today. Trends like concrete or slate are even available in a porcelain format. Porcelain slabs come in a variety of neutral colors and surface finishes that will complement any aesthetic.
Porcelain needs professionals who know the product!
Porcelain is a newer technology, so an experienced fabricator will be essential (we know the best!). They are lightweight and thin, so some specialized tools and training are required to handle and transport porcelain slabs safely. A flat supportive surface (no more than ⅛ inch variance over a 10ft area) is necessary for installation. Slabs should not be applied directly to plywood attached cabinets, however, porcelain can be installed over existing solid surfaces on the countertop or vertical surface. Large-format tile mortar is necessary and back buttering is recommended. Porcelain slabs are only available in a mitered edge due to the nature of the material. Luckily porcelain has been gaining popularity at an exponential rate, which has allowed more and more people to learn about the product. It’s only a matter of time before everyone in the remodeling industry has worked with porcelain!