Renovating the home is always a fun and exciting project for
GTA homeowners. From small fixer uppers
to larger renovations, building a dream home is an experience like no other.
While thrilling, the cost of a renovation can be daunting, especially when it
comes to purchasing high-quality slabs to be used for kitchen countertops that
can withstand years of heavy use. That
is why GTA homeowners would be wise to consider affordable porcelain slabs for
their kitchen countertops. Less
expensive than natural stones such as granite or Italian marble, porcelain
slabs will catch eyes in the kitchen while still keeping dollars in your
How Are Porcelain
Porcelain, unlike natural stones such as granite or marble,
is a man-made product. With fairly
recent advancements in technology, large slabs of porcelain are now available
for homeowners to use for a seamless, grout-free look when used as kitchen
countertops and even floor paving or wall paneling. With porcelain slabs, tiles
are a thing of the past. Made with a
combination of natural clays and minerals, porcelain slabs can withstand years
of heavy use and will not deteriorate from wear and moisture.
What Makes Porcelain
Slabs So Durable?
One of the benefits of porcelain being man-made is that it
is engineered to be extremely durable and resilient. Porcelain will not wear
away like softer natural stones such as marble will. It is even 30% harder than
granite. Due its virtually non-porous
nature, porcelain slabs will not crack because they do not absorb moisture and
better yet, to the relief of homeowners everywhere, will not stain! No wonder
porcelain slabs make a great option for kitchen countertops.
A Variety of Colours
Porcelain slabs come in a variety of colours and textures.
Because it is man-made, homeowners can choose from a multitude of styles and
even find porcelain slabs that emulate the look of finer natural stones, such
as marble. Porcelain slabs used as
kitchen countertops can have the elegant look of a marble countertop without
its softness and tendency to stain.
Porcelain slabs do not require much maintenance at all when
compared to natural stones. Natural
stones require sealants because they are porous, whereas porcelain slabs are non-porous
and will not absorb stains, therefore it will not require any chemical
sealants. Liquids such as wine, juice, coffee, and vinegar would definitely
stain a natural stone countertop while porcelain slab countertops won’t stain
at all and only requires a damp cloth for cleaning. While mild detergents can
be used to clean porcelain slabs, it is not always necessary and a quick wipe
with a wet cloth will do fine. Considering the long-term upkeep and maintenance
costs for a kitchen countertop, GTA homeowners are sure to see the cost-effective
benefits of affordable porcelain slabs over natural stone.