Porcelain slab is new to the GTA. Continue reading to learn
more about this exciting and innovative countertop material.
Porcelain Slabs for the GTA
There’s a new kid on the block!
Greater Toronto Area homeowners have a plethora of countertop materials to
choose from, from laminates to wood, from stainless steel to engineered stone,
from granite slab to ceramic tile, from concrete to recycled glass, from bio
glass to marble…and now, porcelain slab. Although porcelain slab has been in
existence since the 1990s, advances in the way it’s manufactured have recently
made it a very attractive option.
Why Choose Porcelain Slab?
Porcelain is a very hard, very
durable substance first invented in ancient China. In fact, the country’s name –"China”
– recognizes this great gift. Porcelain derived from pottery. Around 16th century BC, in the
middle of the Shang Dynasty, early-stage porcelain appeared in China. Porcelain is
created by firing kaolin clay at high temperatures, at least 1200°C. The
surface of the porcelain must be treated with glaze.
The resulting material is so
hardy that it can last for centuries, and withstand all types of wear –
including Canadian weather! Porcelain slab is often recommended for outdoor use
and is ideal for designers trying to bridge indoor/outdoor areas.
Because it is such a strong
material, porcelain slab countertops can be manufactured thinner than most
other types of countertops, making this material perfect for modern designs or
smaller kitchens. It can also often be laid right on top of existing countertop
material, so it’s useful for situations where the old countertop material will
be difficult or expensive to remove. Because it’s strong and thin, it can be
manufactured in large sheets, which means that countertops might have fewer
Porcelain slab combines desirable
characteristics of several popular countertop materials. For example, porcelain
is heat and scratch resistant, much like granite. It’s non-porous, like quartz.
And the aesthetics of porcelain improve every day. Obviously, it can be
manufactured in any colour, or with any design. New technology even allows
designers to upload client’s designs and incorporate them into the slab.
A bonus is that porcelain slab
can include integrated sinks, and these sinks can be designed to match the slab
surface exactly. This possibility is causing a lot of interest amongst interior
Fabricators and installers love
porcelain slab, too – it’s light and easy to handle, and tools used for stone
fabrication work well on porcelain, too.
Because the possibilities of
porcelain slab are still being explored, it’s expected that more innovations
are to come. For example, one company is hoping to introduce a new hybrid
product that combines porcelain, quartz and glass. At last year’s LivingKitchen
show, another company showcased a porcelain slab countertop with induction
burners built right into the counter.
Finally, porcelain slab is priced
competitively in the market – it costs approximately the same as quartz or
Finding a Supplier
Because porcelain slab is a
relatively new trend, not many outlets carry it. Look for porcelain slab at
better important stone importer-distributors. Visit the showroom of a GTA stone
importer today and learn more about exciting new porcelain slab countertops!