Porcelain Slabs in the GTA
There is a buzz about porcelain
slabs for GTA homes happening amongst Toronto designers this year. Although
this innovative material has yet to make it to the top of the list of
countertop materials, many in the know think that it’s poised to make a big impact
on the market. Thin, yet strong, porcelain slab combines many of the desirable
characteristics of other countertop materials, plus design possibilities that
could make it a major player.
What Is Porcelain Slab?
Porcelain, of course, has been
around for many centuries. First developed in China, porcelain first appeared
during the 16th century BC, during the Shang Dynasty. Porcelain is
made by firing glazed kaolin clay at temperatures above 1200°C. The resulting
material is beautiful and very durable.
Porcelain tiles have been used in
interior and exterior design for centuries as well, but there was no technology
available to manufacture porcelain in large slabs until the late 1990s. Even
then, the technology was inefficient and the resulting slabs failed to fire the
imagination of designers. However, recent innovation in the manufacture of
porcelain slab has resulted in a thin, strong, large sheet of porcelain that
performs extremely well and contains the potential for amazing design.
Here are some of the aspects of
porcelain slab that interest GTA designers:
Porcelain can be made in any colour and with any design. It can
be made to resemble marble, wood, metal, fabric or can be printed with any type
of graphic. Clients will even be able to upload their own designs, which can
then be repeated across the surface of the slab.
sinks. Porcelain slab can contain integrated sinks. This in itself is
not unprecedented – but the ability to continue the design pattern across the
Because the material is so thin, it can be manufactured in large
sheets. This means that counters will have fewer seams than ever before. In
fact, some areas, such as islands, need have no seams at all.
This thin covering is ideal for many modern designs where
thicker materials look clunky. Porcelain slab is sleek and slim. In addition,
sometimes, homeowners are faced with the removal of an old countertop, which
can be costly or difficult. In many cases, porcelain slab can be laid right on
top of the existing countertop, negating the need for removal.
Because porcelain slab is manufactured in the same facilities
that make porcelain tiles, there is great potential for designs that integrate
perfectly matching slabs and tiles. Porcelain slab could cover the counter, for
example, while matching tile could create a backsplash or wall covering.
In addition, more innovations are
in the works. A Spanish company is creating a hybrid of porcelain slab, quartz
and glass, for example. It’s expected that porcelain slab will continue to
incorporate features directly into its surface, such as built-in induction
burners or cooking surfaces for delicate pastry.
Visit a better GTA stone importer
today and learn more about tough and beautiful porcelain slab!