Slab Countertops Come to the GTA!
If you are building a new home or renovating an
older one, you know that there is a wide range of materials available for
kitchen countertops. You may have been considering the pros and cons of
materials such as:
- Natural granite
- Natural marble
- Granite tiles
- Engineered stone
- Solid surface
- Stainless steel
- Ceramic tile
- Recycled glass
However, you may not have heard about the "new
kid on the block.” Although it’s not yet widely available in some parts of the
continent, GTA homeowners are among the first to be wowed by porcelain slab, an
extremely durable and versatile material that’s being hailed as a game-changer.
The Porcelain Advantage
A new technology allows the manufacturer of
porcelain slab to use the principle of the porcelain tile and take it to a
whole new level. Porcelain slab is very strong, yet very thin; it evolved from
surfaces intended to be used as exterior cladding. Here are a few of the "pros”
of porcelain slab:
- Look. Porcelain slab
is extremely attractive, with the potential to be manufactured in thousands of
colours and designs. It can be made to look like natural stone, fabric, or
customized to any pattern you desire. Your porcelain slab countertop can be as
individual as your taste. Due to the way porcelain slabs are manufactured, they
don’t oxidize or change colour over time. The material is also available in
both honed and polished finishes.
- Durability. Porcelain has
the extreme durability of granite or quartz without the potential for showing
signs of wear and tear. It’s not porous, so it’s not the least bit susceptible
to stains. It’s so hard that it’s highly resistant to nicks, scratching, or
other damage, and it’s also heat-resistant. Some manufacturers claim that
porcelain slab is 30% stronger than granite! When you install porcelain slab,
you know that your countertop will last the lifetime of your home, or longer.
- Ease of handling
and installation. Porcelain slabs are only about ¼” thick, making them light to
transport and easier to install than other materials. In fact, porcelain slab
is so thin that it can be installed right over an existing countertop material!
- Size. Porcelain slab
can also be made in much larger slabs than heavier materials. Most natural
stone is only available in slabs of seven to ten feet in length. If your
countertops are longer, you will need to have seams, which can be a problem
both practically and aesthetically. In many cases, using porcelain slab
virtually eliminates the need for seams.
- Affordability. Porcelain slab
is comparable in cost to other high-performing countertop materials. Cost
varies according to the exact product you choose.
Finding a Supplier
Porcelain slab countertops are available in the
GTA at better stone suppliers. Visit a stone distributor’s showroom to see this
versatile stone and to learn more about its beauty and durability.