A Buyers Guide to the Different Types of Porcelain
When you hear the word porcelain, what comes to mind? Perhaps, you think about your Mother’s finer dishware used for special occasions or your Grandparents’ knick-knacks you always wanted to play with but knew you couldn’t? (Unless those knick-knacks were those creepy clown dolls with the porcelain faces and hands – nobody wanted to play with those, and if you did – we take it back. We’re a judgment-free zone.)
Homeowners often assume porcelain countertops are more delicate than other surface options because of their name. However, this is not the case! While some aspects of porcelain can fall short compared to other surface options, its many advantages can outweigh its disadvantages depending upon the scope of your project and its unique needs.
If you’re considering porcelain for your project but want to learn more, keep on reading, and we’ll tell you all about this versatile surface option!
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN COUNTERTOPS?
Porcelain slabs are made of clay known as China clay. This clay has a high mineral content that contains feldspar, silica, kaolinite, and other mineral oxides, making this product strong and durable. Once a slab is formed, it’s baked in a kiln at extremely high temperatures, creating an exceptionally dense porcelain base.
HOW DOES PORCELAIN GET ITS COLOR?
Different colors and patterns are added to porcelain slabs by applying pigmented glazes during the manufacturing process. This enamel helps create rich and intricate designs while creating a non-porous surface.
DOES PORCELAIN COME IN DIFFERENT FINISHES?
Alright, so now you’re in love with the beautiful variety of designs, colors, and finishes that porcelain surfaces have to offer! Let’s move on to the advantages of using porcelain for your next project. Porcelain has some common advantages you may already be familiar with that our other surface options boast, such as stain resistance, scratch resistance, and bacteria resistance.
The three unique advantages that set porcelain apart from the rest are:
EXTREMELY HEAT RESISTANT
Porcelain can withstand extremely high heat. If you’re someone who doesn’t always remember to use hot pads or trivets while you’re cooking, porcelain may be a durable option for you. Due to its heat resistance, it is not prone to discoloration or cracking from heat temperatures found in the kitchen.
Unlike quartz and granite, porcelain is resistant to harsh UV rays, making it great for outdoor applications. Since it is also non-porous and water-resistant, it has the added benefit of withstanding snowy or wet weather.
Porcelain often boasts a thinner profile than our granite and quartz surface options. Our ENVI™ Porcelain is 12mm thick, and our Dekton Ultra-Compact Porcelain is 2cm. These thin profiles make porcelain an excellent surface for shower walls and fireplace wraps.
PORCELAIN VS DEKTON
We offer two different brands of porcelain surfaces. ENVI™ Porcelain and Dekton. Both of these brands have many of the same advantages; the primary difference between these two products is how they’re manufactured.
PORCELAIN CARE & MAINTENANCE
Porcelain care and maintenance is pretty straightforward! Spills are easy to clean with common cleaning agents, and it does not require re-sealing. However, you should not use abrasives such as steel wool while cleaning as this can leave metal marks on the surface.
While we recommend never cutting directly on any of our surfaces, you should take special care not to use ceramic knives on porcelain countertops.
Another thing to keep in mind as you navigate your next project is if you have an overhang larger than 6″, your porcelain surface will need more support than other surface options because of its thin profile.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Now that you know all there is to know about porcelain countertops, are you ready to get started on your next project? Click the link below to get your free estimate today!
SEE OUR PORCELAIN OPTIONS IN PERSON!
Visit our 29th Street Inspiration Gallery to see our porcelain options in larger samples, then jet over to our supplier, Dwyer Marble and Stone just down the road to see our ENVI™ Porcelain in full slabs!