Porcelain countertops in Toronto: pros and cons
For homeowners who are not interested in natural stone or quartz countertops yet are looking for an update in their kitchen and bathrooms in Toronto, porcelain countertops may be the option for you. This countertop material is minimally-porous and highly-customizable for your home, as well it offers many of the benefits provided by natural stone or quartz countertops.
It is a white, vitrified translucent ceramic that is manufactured from a type of clay that is heavily composed of a mineral called kaolinite. In clay with significant amounts of kaolinite, there is typically also minerals such as feldspar, silica and mineral oxides that potentially increase its strength and provide colour.
When these slabs are produced for use in countertops, the material is first formed into tiles or slabs and then coated with a pigmented glaze to give it a certain aesthetic that resemble natural stone or marble. Finally, the slab or tile is fired at high temperatures to enhance the strength and beauty of the material.
In Toronto, porcelain countertops are a solid option for many homeowners looking to renew their space. As you try to decide on your countertop surfaces, here are some pro and cons of these countertops to help you familiarize with the material:
- Many forms: this material is available in both tile and slab forms, with colour and pattern consistency. As the aesthetic of these countertops are synthetic and fabricated upon manufacturing, homeowners have the option of selecting a customized appearance that makes their home.
- Durability: it is considered one of the most durable tile options available on the market. It is shown to be 30% stronger than granite. Perfect for those who enjoy cooking or for spaces with a lot of traffic, porcelain is resistant to chipping, cracking and scratches.
- No stains: these countertops are almost non-porous, which when compared with their ceramic counterparts, offer an advantage of stain resistance. The lack of pores causes these countertops to have an extremely low absorption rate, which results in the surface material being virtually impervious to stains and moisture. This is incredibly beneficial in spaces such as the bathrooms.
- Aesthetically versatile: d to its synthetic properties, it is possible to create an unimaginable number of colours and patterns. Tiles and slabs can be designed to mimic hardwood, as well as marble and natural stone.
Therefore, porcelain countertops in Toronto is a wonderful and attractive alternative for homeowners.
As with everything, all products have pros and cons. Here are some of the few disadvantages of having these countertops.
- Susceptible to dramatic, blunt impact: like granite, porcelain countertops are unfortunately susceptible to blunt impact. For example, dropping a heavy pan can lead to chips and cracks in the slab.
- Fewer options for edge detailing: these countertops have quite limited options for edge details, which are often only flat-polished or mitred. Fancier options like bullnose or ogee edges are usually not available.
- Resale value: although it is gaining popularity, it is not considered to be a luxury finish and thus, can potentially affect the resale value of your home
Despite some of the cons, these countertops are a great option for those who are not interested in quartz or natural stone countertops. We invite you to drop by Quartex Surfaces Inc. for more details of porcelain countertops and for professional consulting on the best surface material for remodeling your home.