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Porcelain is a type of clay heavy with a mineral known as kaolinite.
Varied pigmentation of the porcelain slabs allows a wide range of colors and hues. Discoloration or color change is not a concern as it is with some other materials.
The pigmentation can be applied to give the porcelain the look of marble or other natural stone that contains veining. Pigment and patterns give you limitless possibilities.
Matte, satin and polished surfacing options give you choices for the finished look of your porcelain.
Slabs are either 5' x 10' or 4' x 8'. This allows you to have fewer seams or grout joints.
The surface strength of porcelain is achieved in the firing process, so the material resists chipping, scratches, cracks, wear and tear.
Due to the strength of the material, porcelain lasts a long time. While it costs more than laminate, ceramic, granite, and other natural stones, the investment is balanced by the longevity.
While the first slabs were 19.05 mm thick and heavy. The new slabs are typically 6 mm or 12 mm thick.
Due to the slabs being thin and lightweight, they are able to be used for back splashes, wall panels, to wrap cabinetry, showers, decorative panels, flooring and much more.
While this is not available in every case, it is an option that reduces cost and hassle of tearing out the old material before installing the new product.
Unlike natural stone that needs to be sealed after installation and resealed every year or few years. Porcelain does not have to be sealed. The fired glazing acts as a barrier to moisture and provides stain resistance.
The glaze on the porcelain produces a waterproof surface that is very easy to clean. Wiping the surface down with warm water and a cloth is all that is required. If you do use harsh chemicals, there should not be an issue. However, when the sealer is breaking down with wear, the pores can collect water, bacteria, oil and other substances that make it unsanitary and can cause staining and discoloration.
The counter tops are fired at more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, porcelain is perfect for installation where hot pots, pans or hair tools are in use. Porcelain should not burn, smoke or emit harmful substances when subjected to heat. However, we would still recommend using a hot pad / trivet.