Porcelain Worktops

Porcelain Worktops have always been a staple of European kitchens for quite a while but have recently started to see a resurgence in popularity. The trend for Porcelain worktops will likely only continue from here as they are a fantastic option with plenty of benefits.

You likely recognise Porcelain as a material from your bathroom or your dinnerware, as most sinks, toilets, plates and bowls are made from porcelain.

Porcelain is available in a huge range of finishes and colours, giving you plenty of room to experiment and match your worktop to your kitchen aesthetic.

Porcelain worktops in a kitchen

What is Porcelain?

Porcelain is made from a substance known as China Clay, which contains a high percentage of a mineral known as Kaolinite along with silica, feldspar and other mineral oxides. The result is an incredibly dense material that is incredibly durable and stylish. Porcelain is known for its resistance to heat, stains, UV rays, chipping and cracking which makes it a very good option for use in busy kitchens.

During manufacturing, pigmented glazes are added to create different colours, patterns and finishes for the slab. Porcelain worktops can be either glazed or unglazed. A high-gloss or matt glaze (with or without a pattern) is applied twice to ensure that it adheres to the slab completely.

Glazing decreases the porosity, risk of stainingincreases overall durability and adds a shiny finish.

One drawback of glazed porcelain worktops is that the pattern sits only on the surface and doesn’t go through the entire slab as it does with natural granite. The interior colour may be different and can be seen if the surface is chipped or cracked

Why Choose Porcelain?

Porcelain has a lot of advantages as a kitchen worktop and can hold its own against some of the pricier, luxury materials such as granite or quartz. Some of porcelain’s main advantages include:

Easy to Clean

Porcelain is a very easy material to clean up, thanks to its stain resistance and natural non-porous nature. Most spills can be wiped away with a cloth and soapy water and stains can be easily removed without the use of harsh chemicals that could potentially damage the surface of the worktop.

Heat Resistant

Porcelain is one of the most heat resistants materials used in kitchen worktops. It is developed in such a way that makes the worktop very resistant to thermal shock and will not melt, char, or emit toxic chemicals when it comes in contact with high temperatures. One of the main drawbacks of many other materials is their inability to deal with extreme temperatures, such as hot pans being placed upon the surface. This is not an issue with Porcelain worktops.

Low Maintenance

Unlike some worktop material options, such as wood or natural stones, Porcelain does not require any sealing or waxing to keep it protected. Porcelain has a high natural resistance to the elements and will maintain its appearance from the day it is installed to the day it is removed. Porcelain worktops will only require an occasional wipe down with warm soapy water to clean any spills. This makes porcelain an excellent choice for busy kitchens.

Durable

Porcelain worktops are stronger than you may think. On the Mohs hardness scale, a rough measure of a surface to determine its hardness, Porcelain sits at an estimated ranking of 7-8 whereas Granite sits at around 6-6.5. Porcelain is a good option for kitchens that see a lot of traffic or use and requires a worktop that will endure general wear and tear.

Hygenic

There are a large number of different colours, styles, thicknesses and finishes available with a Porcelain worktop, from marble-style to concrete-effect and any other combination in-between. As patterns can be printed straight onto the surface, the possibilities are endless. Porcelain can also be shaped to fit any kitchen, leaving space for utilities such as sinks or hobs.

Light and UV Resistant

Porcelain is manufactured at temperatures up to 2’500 degrees and is inherently inorganic. By using a simple disinfectant solution, bacteria, germs or dirt can be wiped off easily preventing buildup. Porcelain is a non-porous material which means that water and other spills will not absorb moisture into the surface, preventing germ and bacteria growth.

Porcelain is an excellent choice for family kitchens, as its inherently hygienic properties make it a safer option compared to some other materials.

What Colours and Finishes are Available?

Every colour and finish we supply provides the practical benefits of a porcelain worktop combined with a beautifully stylish design. Provides you with a low-maintenance, non-porous surface that is incredibly resistant to stains and scratches but maintains an elegant and luxurious appearance.

We supply a wide range of styles and colours to match any aesthetic or design of any kitchen to add the finishing touch to your space. The Marazzi marble-look collection is one of our most popular from our range of porcelain worktops, providing a selection of beautiful blacks, whites, greens and greys with a pattern and design similar to a more expensive marble worktop. As porcelain is a manufactured countertop, instead of a natural stone, any design, colour or pattern combination you can think of is possible, depending on what suppliers think is an attractive and trendy option.

Can Porcelain be Cut to Fit my Kitchen?

As we mentioned earlier, Porcelain is actually harder than Granite and some other popular worktop materials. This means that porcelain countertops require specialised tools and experience to cut effectively. Fortunately, we at Granite House can cut a porcelain slab of your choice into any shape to fit your kitchen as well as provide space to fit in sinks, hobs and any other utility you may require.

How Much do Porcelain Worktops Cost?

The cost of your porcelain worktop can vary based upon a range of different factors, such as the style, the size of slab you need, the complexity of your kitchen or kitchen island, the thickness etc.

On average, the price of a porcelain worktop is lower than marble worktops and most granite countertops. High-quality Quartz worktops are usually a similar price to Porcelain, but Porcelain is much better. Porcelain Worktops are a fantastic middle ground between your average quartz worktop and the more expensive, natural granite and marble options.

However, as Porcelain can be difficult to work with, you may find that installation costs for a porcelain worktop are slightly higher than other materials. Despite this, we cannot recommend porcelain countertops enough, due to their incredibly high durability and a huge range of styles and colours available.

Enquire About Porcelain Worktops Today

If you are interested in purchasing a porcelain worktop or have any further questions about porcelain as a material, please do not hesitate to contact us at Granite House today at 01772 440888 or send us an email at info@granitehouse.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can visit our Material Guide to take a look at our selection of Porcelain Worktops, as well as a wide range of quartz and granite worktops.

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