Porcelain is essentially made of clay, more specifically, China clay. The one element that is in all-porcelain is Kaolin. This clay mineral contains metal minerals like alkaline metal and aluminum. These elements are then mixed together and heated at high temperatures to create the porcelain you see everywhere.
Pros of porcelain
One of the main benefits of porcelain is that it is as close to stain resistant as it can be. Although no material is 100 percent resistant to stains, porcelain has a non-porous surface, which ultimately acts to keep liquids from absorbing into the material.
Another benefit of using porcelain countertops and tile is that it is heat resistant. When porcelain is manufactured, it is made using high-heat. Since this material is used to heat, it’s very unlikely that any hot pans or plates will cause it to burn.
Like granite and quartz, porcelain is also scratch resistant. Although it is still a good idea to be careful when using knives and other sharp objects on your porcelain countertops, this material is tough to scratch.
Hard and durable
Lastly, this material is extremely hard and durable, making it almost impossible to be affected by wear and tear. Although chips and cracks can still happen, porcelain is second to stone in hardness, and overall very durable.
Cons of porcelain
Skin Deep Beauty
Unlike most natural stone materials, porcelain does not have a singular design throughout it’s slab. In fact, porcelain’s design is usually “printed” on the surface of the countertop or tile. Although this isn’t a huge disadvantage, it is a slight drawback when compared to its natural stone counterparts.
Lastly, since porcelain is man-made, the design options for the edging of the material are limited. Although there are unique options consumers can choose from, usually porcelain contains a square edging since this material is a bit slimmer than other natural stone materials.
Although porcelain offers many advantages such as being stain, heat, and scratch resistant, the overall appearance and price of this material is something to consider when planning a home improvement project. Hopefully this overview will help make the decision of choosing a countertop and tile material.