Trends: Porcelain Slab is Now Available in Toronto
For many years there’s been a debate about the
pros and cons of natural stone countertops vs. manmade surfaces like solid
surface or laminate. Well, get ready for a game-changer; meet porcelain slab,
the innovative new countertop material that is causing a commotion in interior
design! Although this cutting-edge product is not yet available in many North
American markets, Toronto and GTA homeowners can find porcelain slab at better
area stone suppliers.
What is Porcelain Slab?
Porcelain slab has actually been around since the
1990s, when manufacturers first experimented with making sheets of porcelain
large enough to cover countertops. These early products had few advantages over
traditional countertop materials, and didn’t gain much traction in the market.
Recently, however, new and advanced manufacturing techniques have made it
possible to manufacture thin, lightweight, and beautiful porcelain slab that is
poised to revolutionize the art of the kitchen countertop.
Porcelain slab is very thin -- approximately ¼”
thick. This property gives porcelain slab many advantages, including:
- Size. Because it is so
thin, porcelain slab is lighter than many other countertop materials, and can
be manufactured in larger sheets. This means fewer seams necessary, and, for
many customers, no seams are needed at all.
- Ease of
installation. Installing a stone countertop can be extremely difficult due to the
weight of the slab. It takes time and effort to deal with it properly.
Porcelain slab is relatively easy to install.
- No removal. If you are
going to replace an existing countertop, you may be worried about the work
involved with removing the old surface. Porcelain slab is so thin that, most
times, you can install it right over top of the old counter!
Porcelain slab is also very attractive. The
design possibilities are endless, since slabs can be customized to any colour
or design. The design is consistent across the slab and throughout the
thickness of the material. Your counter can resemble high-gloss porcelain,
woodgrain, marble, granite, fabric, metal, or anything else you can imagine.
Designers can even upload your own design and create a completely original,
customized slab for you.
This new type of countertop has many of the
advantages of fine stone, and with none of the drawbacks. It is extraordinarily
durable, and some manufacturers estimate that it’s 30% stronger than granite.
It can withstand both extreme cold and extreme heat, and can be used both
indoors and outdoors. It is non-porous, so it’s highly resistant to staining – and
it almost never chips, cracks, or scratches.
In addition, designers are agog over the fact
that function can be integrated so completely with design. Integrated sinks are
simple to include, and with porcelain slabs the sinks can actually continue the
colour and pattern of the counter!
Spanish manufacturers have created porcelain slab
countertops that also include integrated induction burners. The visual flow is
not interrupted at all, with burners simply placed wherever the customer wants
Porcelain slab, now available in Toronto, is one
of the city’s top home renovation choices. Visit one of Toronto’s fine stone
suppliers today and ask about porcelain slab. Catch the first wave of the
city’s hottest countertop trend.