The Top 10 Reasons To Consider A Porcelain Worktop
Once relegated to the bathroom, porcelain has now made the leap into other parts of the home.
New technologies have been developed to make highly durable porcelain panels that are perfect for flooring and stone kitchen worktops.
There are many advantages to be obtained from using porcelain worktops.
Porcelain is a versatile material that is available in hundreds of different colours and designs.
It is also durable, easy-to-clean, hygienic and offers consumers many more useful benefits.
This article will take a closer look at porcelain and highlight the top 10 reasons to consider using a porcelain worktop!
How are porcelain worktops made?
Porcelain worktops are made of powdered clay and coloured pigments that are bonded together at very high temperatures while under pressure.
Porcelain panels can also have their texture modified, to mimic the qualities of raw materials.
Due to the firing process they undergo, engineered porcelain panels are very durable and can be stronger than granite!
Porcelain worktops are manufactured in large slabs which can be longer than natural stone and weigh less than many types of stone.
Porcelain worktops can be moulded into many different shapes, which makes them extremely versatile.
Engineered porcelain panels first became popular in Europe but are now being manufactured in many other countries including the United States and Australia.
The top reasons to choose a porcelain worktop
Here are just a few reasons to consider using a porcelain worktop for your next project:
Porcelain is heat and fire resistant
Because porcelain is bonded under extremely high temperatures, it is heat and fire resistant.
This makes it an excellent choice for kitchens and other environments with high temperatures.
Porcelain worktops can even tolerate a direct flame without discolouring.
Porcelain worktops are very hygienic
Porcelain worktops have a high density and low porosity, which makes them perfect for food preparation zones.
Bacteria and mould will not be able to permeate the worktop and liquids will not be absorbed into its surface.
The low porosity of porcelain worktops makes them very stain-resistant and simple to clean — you can just use a damp cloth and some detergent to clean your worktop.
You won’t need to use harsh chemical cleaners or abrasive detergents.
Porcelain worktops have many different colours, patterns and finishes available
Porcelain worktops are available in glossy or matte finishes and there are thousands of patterns available.
This makes it easy to find a design that perfectly complements the design aesthetic of your home or business.
Porcelain worktops are extremely durable
Despite being a relatively lightweight material, porcelain worktops are extremely tough.
They have exceptional scratching and abrasion resistance, which makes them ideal for busy kitchens.
As an added bonus, you will never have to seal your porcelain worktop.
The firing process helps porcelain achieve a high level of strength and damage resistance.
Porcelain worktops will not fade in sunlight
Not only is engineered porcelain stain-resistant, it will not fade in the sun.
This makes it an excellent choice for rooms that have a lot of natural light or for outdoor spaces.
Porcelain worktops can be very long
Porcelain worktops are available in very large slabs that are longer than most natural stone slabs.
This means you can have very long worktops without any seams or visible joins.
Can be installed over an existing countertop
Another great benefit of using a porcelain worktop is that it can be layered over an existing countertop.
This makes it a fantastic choice for renovations.
One of the problems associated with using a natural stone is that the pattern is random and can be inconsistent.
Because you can add coloured pigments and decals to porcelain worktops, you can make their appearance very uniform.
Porcelain is an eco-friendly material
Porcelain is mostly made from natural clay material, which makes it very environmentally friendly.
If you decide to switch countertops, your porcelain worktop can be recycled and used in other products.
Porcelain can be used anywhere
Engineered porcelain can be made very thin, which means you can use it as a splash back or wall cladding.
You can take the design of your porcelain worktop and continue over the wall.
We hope you enjoyed reading The Top 10 Reasons To Consider A Porcelain Worktop.
If you have any questions about our porcelain countertops, contact Carrara Marble on 020 8838 4604 or read more about porcelain worktops online.