Chicago homeowners who aren’t interested in natural stone countertops may consider porcelain. This may not be the first option for kitchens currently but their popularity is on the rise. In Europe, porcelain countertops have been installed for quite some time now, however, this type of countertop has only recently gained notice in the United States. The trend will likely continue as there are some benefits to this countertop material. Let’s review the pros.
- There are many options and colors.
- Porcelain is 30% stronger and less porous than granite.
- The slabs are lightweight and thinner so they can easily be used as wall panels or backsplash.
- Porcelain is highly stain-resistant and sealing is not required unlike many natural materials.
- It is UV-stable, heat- and frost-resistant unlike quartz materials, so it can be used outdoors as well.
Although there are pros, there are also a few cons.
- Edge detail is limited; and because Porcelain being so thin, DTK would need to miter the edge to give you a thicker countertop look.
- The designs of porcelain are not built like other countertop materials; the patterns are printed onto the top.
The printed design would not be visible where edges are rounded.
- Thin porcelain requires more time & attention during the cutting and fabrication process.
Overall, the benefits of porcelain may outweigh the drawbacks and that is for you to consider whether it can be a practical and fashionable choice for your modern kitchen.