- April 8, 2020 /
- Posted by AJTrading
Apart from natural and reconstituted stone, porcelain benchtops in Melbourne are a great option. There is a growing popularity for porcelain benchtops over Australia. You should learn about what they are and how different the are from conventional materials.
These porcelain kitchen benchtops are ceramic products composed of powdered clay and coloured pigments that are bonded together using extreme high temperature and pressure. Their ultra-compact surface is very durable.
Pros of Porcelain
There are several textures that you can create on a porcelain surface because of the fine particle used to form the slab. This allows the surface to mimic materials like wood, natural stone or concrete. Also grains and designs can be printed on the surface for the desired look.
The porcelain’s low porous qualities and high density make it great for food preparation. Porcelain is highly resistant to liquids, highly scratch resistant and acidic substances. This makes porcelain heat and fire resistant and perfect for products like benchtops, cooktops, and vertical surfaces like splashbacks. Porcelain is resistant to UV rays that allow it to retain its full colour throughout its lifetime. This makes a great option for outdoor benchtops like BBQ areas.
These porcelain slabs can be manufactured for different sizes that makes them a great option for long island benchtops of upto 3.2m long and 1.6m wide. These slabs come in thinner and lighter versions and can be applied to walls, splashbacks and doors. Also, it comes in a variety of thicknesses as slim as 12mm slabs available for benchtops. The thinner slabs can be installed directly onto the cabintery carcass with no backing board required. It also has an unsupported counter lever of up to 350mm. Since Porcelain is water resistant, it can be crafted into a sink which is seamlessly integrated into the porcelain benchtop.
Cons of Porcelain
Since porcelain is of a high density material and it becomes extremely hard for the thicker slabs to be used for heavy material use. Thinner slabs are much easier to install and they are a beautiful alternative which is easier to install and require less support. These are more common and popular for benchtops.
Though porcelain is durable, it is brittle. This means that it may chip or shatter from the impact when items are dropped on the surface. Chips can be repaired using epoxy acrylate resin and matched to the porcelain colour. We recommend that the stone mason carries out repairs.
These tiles become visible at the seams and joints. If the colour and grain pattern is not uniformed, mitred edges become visible. This can be avoided by choosing a porcelain slab with uniformed colour and grain patterning. If the surface that you want to cover is longer than 3.6m then you need to create a larger surface that requires joining slabs together. The grout or glue to join these slabs can end up being quite visible.
The patterns that you notice on porcelain surfaces are printed on with ink which means that they are only skin deep. This means that if a cut or a groove is made on the surface, for instance, a groove is made for draining, the surface pattern will be removed in that area.
Porcelain is new to the Australian market and with little competition. It is proving to be relatively expensive material when compared to reconstituted stones. However, as porcelain is becoming more available and popular, the cost of this material is becoming less expensive. When it comes to porcelain, it does require an experienced fabricator that adds to an additional cost.