Porcelain tile has been around for decades as the go-to tile for flooring but in standard 12×24 or 24×24 sizes. Large-format porcelain tiles and slabs are the newest trends in the flooring industry worldwide that few are familiar with nor can install properly.
What is Porcelain made of?
Porcelain is a manufactured product made from dense clay and other natural materials fired in a high-temperature furnace. The result is a solid material with low maintenance due to its robust structure. One of Porcelain’s main advantages is that it does not require to be sealed, unlike natural stones.
How to Clean and Maintain Porcelain Tile
Use vinegar and warm water mixture to scrub away stains off your Porcelain covered surfaces. Porcelains’ low porosity makes it stain-resistant and impervious to wear and water and can withstand high temperatures without any damage. Although many porcelain manufacturers claim the product is scratch and chip-resistant, this is not entirely true as if mishandled, it is prone to both scratches and chips. Porcelain countertops are scratch-resistant to most knives and kitchen utensils. However, a direct blade to countertop contact may cause damage to the surface.
A Big Variety
What sets Porcelain apart from other stones is the variety of patterns, colors, and sheens it comes in. From delicate marble patterns to warm earthy wood and stone designs to edgy cement and metal looks, Porcelain is made to imitate nature with the strength and durability of a manufactured product. High-gloss polished porcelain slabs exude a sleek, lustrous finish suitable for showers, countertops, fireplaces, and backsplashes. In contrast, honed finishes are modern and classy and can be installed anywhere, including the floor. Porcelain slabs are stunning works of art used to embellish any part of the house.
Benefits of Installing Large Format Porcelain Slabs
Installing the large format porcelain slabs in showers minimizes joints and grout lines, providing a finished product that is seamless in appearance. Their nonporous surfaces and stain-resistant character make them well suited for wet areas. Installing large slabs on floors offer the same benefits and result in a more consistent modern design. Large-format porcelain slabs are exquisite and trendy perfect for contemporary design home. Hiring an experienced professional is the best approach when it comes to installing large format porcelain slabs. The modern large format tiles require more attention to detail and pattern of the store. Their great span also requires multiple hands to maneuver the stone to establish the perfect design and setting.
Indoor and Outdoor
Porcelain countertops and tile have a unique quality of being ultraviolet resistant. An ultraviolet-resistant countertop will not fade, even with direct exposure to heat and sunlight. However, some manufacturers may have exceptions for certain white shades, which may turn yellow under direct sun exposure. This kind of resistance makes porcelain countertops especially well suited for bright rooms with lots of windows and outdoor surfaces. The Porcelain will not wear out until you are tired of the style you selected.
What makes Porcelain an ideal choice of stone in any home and climate is its durability, lack of maintenance, and the variety of sizes, colors, and patterns it’s available in.