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6 Things You Should Know About Porcelain Countertops

Updated on August 17, 2015

The Porcelain Countertop Craze

Porcelain countertops will soon take the home d├ęcor industry by storm. The material is currently not commonly used on countertops but is definitely not without its perks. Below are 6 things that you should know about porcelain countertops. Its features are so amazing that you just might find yourself considering renovating your kitchen.

1. Porcelain countertops are extremely resilient and durable

Most people are not aware that porcelain is stronger than granite which has for a long time been considered the strongest countertop material. It is resilient and can stand unharmed after sudden and heavy impact. It is for these reason that the material is used on other home accessories such as bathroom sinks. If you decide to buy porcelain countertops you are likely to have the surface nice and shiny indefinitely unless of course you decide to remodel your kitchen. This is because of the durability of the material and its ability to withstand heat and pressure.

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2. Porcelain countertops can be installed over existing countertops

This is an amazing feature unique to few countertop materials. Say you want to remodel your kitchen but you do not have the time, manpower or funds to have the old countertops removed. Well this is the perfect reason to buy porcelain countertops. The slab can easily be installed over the existing countertop without compromising on the style. This installation, however, requires professional assistance for a nice and clean finish.

3. Porcelain countertops do not require sealing

Porcelain countertops are waterproof and non-porous. This eliminates the need to have it sealed to protect underlying surfaces. This is an excellent fact about countertops in that it reduces your financial and physical stress. They are easy to maintain and their non-porous nature makes it easy to clean with soap and water without the risk of having the water soaking up and damaging the countertop or whatever lies beneath.

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4. Porcelain countertops are stain resistant

If you are one of those people whose cooking aftermath looks like a food fight warzone then porcelain countertops are a safe bet for you. Whether it is greasy olive oil or pasty tomato sauce, you have no worries when you buy porcelain countertops for your kitchen. The material does not soak up the mess and this ensures allowing you to clean simply by wiping it away; no stain left.

5. Porcelain countertops are customizable

You can buy porcelain countertops already designed or make special color of pattern orders. It is possible for you to design your own style and this is great as it gives your kitchen a personal touch with a unique finish. The material is made such that the color and design will not fade leaving you with that glossy new look years down the line.

6. Porcelain countertop slabs light

Despite the strength of the porcelain countertops, the slabs are fairly light. This makes it extremely easy to transport and handle after purchase. The lightness is due to the low density of porcelain meaning that the weight to size ratio is low. The lightness is also contributed to by the thin cut of the slabs. This is usually done to allow installation over existing countertops but also serves as a weight reducing feature.

If you are considering a move from natural material countertops, then porcelain would be a pretty good place to settle.

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      MizBejabbers 15 months ago

      Solid porcelain countertops like a granite or another natural stone slab is a new idea to me. I've seen lots of porcelain tile countertops with grout in between the tiles. In fact, my brother has them in his house for over 30 years and they've worked out well. This sounds much more sensible than natural stone.