Porcelain Countertops – Stronger and Less Expensive

The team at Stonnik has installed numerous porcelain counters in Toronto homes. Our clients prefer porcelain countertops because they’re much stronger and less expensive compared to other options like granite. Porcelain has a beautiful natural appearance that adds character in any room where it’s used. Unlike granite and marble which are too heavy, porcelain is lightweight and hence simpler to install. It also doesn’t require any sealing and is heat resistant. These are some of the advantages our clients find in porcelain countertops Toronto.

Why Choose Porcelain Countertops in Toronto?

Choose modern porcelain counters

The technology used in making porcelain countertops has advanced in recent years. Today, this material is used in making counters for commercial and residential spaces because it’s versatile, durable and easy to maintain. At Stonnik, we recommend porcelain for exterior use. It’s an excellent option in outdoor kitchens especially if you’re looking for a consistent design that flows from your home to the property’s exterior. The best part is, porcelain surfaces are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. The slabs are ultra thin and easy to handle during installation. Your kitchen will be instantly upgraded with sleek and elegant porcelain counters that boost the property’s value.

Heat and scratch resistant counters

Countertops are surfaces exposed to all kinds of elements. From extreme heat to sharp objects, your kitchen counters must be designed to withstand all kinds of stresses. The good thing with porcelain surfaces is that they are heat and scratch resistant. You may even select a premium grade porcelain countertop that’s made using advanced technology to make it non-porous like quartz. With the new technologies, porcelain counters are not only better in appearance but also come in amazing features that improve their function. The slabs can be as large as 5 by 10 feet, which makes them ideal in larger kitchen islands. There are lots of design possibilities when it comes to porcelain counters.

Variety of colours and patterns

One of the top benefits of porcelain countertops is that you can customize the overall appearance of your kitchen counter to reflect your personality and style. The material is available in a broad range of colours, and you can choose an option that matches your current kitchen layout or pick a colour that offers your kitchen space an entirely new, exciting look. Note that porcelain countertops in Toronto aren’t at risk of discolouration and that means your kitchen will look great for decades. In addition to the endless list of colour options, this material comes in different patterns. By successfully manipulating the material’s pigmentation, it can be made to match other items in your kitchen or give them an entirely new appearance. You’ll have access to a variety of finishes when installing these counters. Whether you opt for a highly polished or matte surface, you can customize the ways you finish your counters.

Lightweight

Currently, porcelain countertops in Toronto are about 5 mm thick (approximately 3/16”) though there are other width sizes available in the market. Given the thin size of this material, they can add an exceptional style to your wall panels and backlashes, panels for the sides of your kitchen cabinets or island. They can also serve as decorative accents in other areas of your home. Note that lightweight materials make the entire countertop installation process easy. Unlike granite and other natural stone materials, porcelain can be made into large slabs. Based on the specific size of a slab, you can cover the entire section of kitchen counters with just a single piece of porcelain without worry about too much weight. This simplifies the installation process to an exceptional degree. It’s also easier to move these slabs around in your kitchen during installation. Given the minimal thickness of porcelain countertops, they can installed directly over your current countertops. If you were to install concrete or granite countertops, you would fits remove the existing material prior to the installation of the new countertop.

Low Maintenance

One of the top benefits of choosing porcelain countertops for your kitchen is that the material requires minimal maintenance. First, these countertops are easy to install because they are lightweight, and even after installation, the maintenance process is easy. It can be made into large slabs, and that means you will have minimal grout and seams to clean. Besides, porcelain countertops are nonporous, and that means no sealing or waxing is necessary during installation and in the future. According to experts and property owners who have been using these countertops, it’s extremely easy to clean porcelain countertops. This makes them a great choice for homeowners who need sparkling kitchen countertops. During their manufacturing process, the firing session creates an exceptional glaze that makes porcelain waterproof. To keep these countertops spotlessly clean, all you need to do is to wipe it or wash using warm, soapy water. Besides, you can use bleach and other strong chemicals when cleaning the countertop as the glaze will prevent any possible damage.

Easy to Install

Did you know that you could install porcelain over an existing countertop? If you’re planning a new renovation and want to cut down on costs by retaining the existing countertop, consider a material like porcelain that comes in ultrathin slabs which can be placed over another counter. We love to install porcelain because it’s lighter and easier to handle than natural stone. Furthermore, porcelain can be cut during installation in order to achieve the perfect fit. When it comes to the design, porcelain tiles can mimic the exact look of natural stone or wood. You get an opportunity to give your space a traditional or rustic look without the high cost of wood and natural stone.  Porcelain makes it easy to create a space that’s personalized to suit every budget and need. At Stonnik, we’ve handled numerous projects that involve porcelain counters. Whether you need help in choosing the ideal countertops or want expert installation services, our team is ready to assist. We offer consultation on kitchen and bath renovations throughout Toronto. Our staff is exceptional and we offer an immense range of products all under one roof.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do porcelain countertops come in many colours?

Porcelain countertops come in a range of colours and hues because the material has varied pigmentation, which contributes to its unique look. You’re likely to find several options that complement your existing décor and theme. The best part is, porcelain countertops are not prone to discoloration like some other kitchen countertop materials. If you want many colour options, go for tiles as opposed to slabs.

What finishes are available for porcelain countertops?

You can choose between matte and polished finishes to give your porcelain counters a finished look. You can even go ahead and finish the edges in different styles to enhance the appearance of the kitchen counters.

Is porcelain available in numerous patterns?

Porcelain can be designed to mimic the look of costlier materials like marble and natural stone. This is done by combining pigment and patterns to give customers incredible options to choose from.

Are porcelain slabs available in large sizes?

If you’re looking to cover a large kitchen island using a single slab, look no further than porcelain slabs. Porcelain also comes in larger slabs of up to 10’x5’. The main advantage of using large slabs is that they reduce the number of seams/grout joints on the countertop and ultimately the cost of installation.

Between porcelain and granite, which one is stronger?

Porcelain is 30% stronger than granite. This is mainly due to the manufacturing process. Porcelain undergoes a firing process, which ensures that the ultimate product is resistant to chips, scratches, and cracks as well as ordinary wear and tear. The precise engineering process makes porcelain one of the strongest countertop materials available today.

How long do porcelain countertops last?

When you choose a porcelain countertop, expect it to last a long time. The resilience of this material is what makes it much more costly compared to options like laminate and ceramic tiles. Porcelain is cheaper than granite or natural stone but it offers good value for money because of its longevity. The countertop can last for decades with minimal maintenance demands.

Are porcelain slabs heavy?

A great advantage of porcelain slabs is that they are very lightweight. Gone are the days when property owners used to install countertops with slabs ¾ inches thick. Today’s porcelain countertops are made with slabs just 3/15 inches thick. This has also contributed to reducing their weight considerably. In most installation projects, plywood is applied over the cabinets before adding the porcelain countertop. In other cases, the older countertops are covered with the new ones.

Can the porcelain slabs be used in other areas of the home?

Certainly yes! The slabs are lightweight and versatile so they can be incorporated in areas such as the backsplash or on the wall panels. Porcelain can also be used as a decorative feature in different areas throughout the home.

Can the porcelain countertops be installed over existing countertops?

If you have older countertops, you’re probably wondering if you’ll have to get rid of them in order to pave way for the new porcelain counters. If you’re keen on reducing the cost of installation, you may consider installing the porcelain counters on top of the existing ones. This will also eliminate the hassle of having to tear out the old material whether you’re renovating the bathroom, workspace or kitchen. While this is not done in every situation, it’s still a recommended practice.

Do porcelain counters need sealing?

Unlike materials like natural stone that need sealing, porcelain counters do not need to be resealed after installation. In fact, porcelain doesn’t require sealing ever. The manufacturing process involves fire glazing which helps to provide an effective barrier against moisture. Porcelain counters will remain stain-resistant over the years without any sealing.

Are porcelain counters easy to clean?

Fire glazing helps to give porcelain counters a waterproof surface that’s very easy to clean. All you need is some warm water and a damp cloth to wipe the surface of your porcelain counters with ease. Should you use harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach on your porcelain counters, don’t expect any form of damage. On the other hand, materials like natural stone are very sensitive to damage when the sealant breaks down. They can collect water, bacteria and other substances making it unhygienic in the kitchen space. Porcelain, on the other hand, will not stain or discolour over time.

Is porcelain heat resistant?

Porcelain counters are exposed to heat above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that the counters are ideal for the high-heat environment. Kitchen surfaces are often exposed to hot pans, which is why porcelain is a recommended countertop material for this space. Porcelain counters will never burn or emit harmful substances when they are exposed to heat.

Can porcelain be recycled?

Porcelain is made using natural clay. In itself, it’s a very natural material that even when made can still be recycled to use in other applications.

What’s the difference between porcelain and marble counters?

Porcelain countertops can be designed with a sleek and perfect finish like marble. However, marble is brittle and it stains rather easily. Porcelain, on the other hand, is easy to clean and stain-resistant. It’s easy to keep your countertop in good condition if you go for porcelain especially in busy kitchens.

Can anyone install porcelain countertops?

Although porcelain is lightweight and easy to handle during installation, it’s recommended that you hire a qualified professional with experience to handle this project. An expert will advise on what preparation needs to be done before the countertop is added to your space. You may also get help to better understand what options you have when it comes to patterns and finishes.

How is porcelain made?

Porcelain is made from a type of clay that is rich in a mineral known as kaolinite. Clay that’s rich in kaolinite also contains other minerals like feldspar and silica, which add on to the resilience and unique colour of porcelain counters. The material is formed into slabs or tiles and then coated with pigmented glaze. It’s then fired at high temperature to enhance strength and beauty.

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