Porcelain Is In A Class By Itself
Variously known as porcelain, sintered stone or ultra‐compact, this new category of countertop material is emerging as the wave of the future. The aesthetics include hundreds of patterns and finishes from which to choose, including high polish, honed or textured finishes. Porcelain contains 100% natural materials, which means it can be used indoors or outdoors with great success. It is extremely scratch and stain‐resistant and is very easy to clean. Incredibly, even though it is typically much thinner, porcelain is much stronger than granite or quartz.
At first glance one wonders how such a thin material (typically 12mm or ½”) could outperform its thicker counterparts. In large part, the secret lies in proper fabrication and installation. Special fabrication methods, advanced materials for substrates and engineered installation protocols are critical for the success of this new product.