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A Kitchen Designer’s Guide to Porcelain Benchtops

Porcelain benchtops are fast taking over the world of kitchen design. Engineered and Natural stones have  long been the go-to option for every kitchen benchtop however, all that seems about to change with the ever growing popularity and availability of porcelain benchtops. Read on to find out more about the many qualities of porcelain benchtops.

What are the benefits of Porcelain Benchtops?

Porcelain benchtops offer many advantages that you simply cannot find with any other material.

Kitchen benchtop in Dekton’s unique material: a blend of glass, quartz and porcelain. Image Source

While porcelain tops have all the same benefits as engineered stones, they do bring a lot more to the table:

What are the drawbacks of Porcelain Benchtops?

Neolith’s porcelain sheet product used to clad cabinetry in this sleek design. Image Source

Where can I use porcelain sheets?

Porcelain sheets can be used all around the home and even the outdoors: Dekton for example, is one of the only manufactured products available that is warrantied for use in direct sunlight while also being exposed to the elements.

Porcelain can be used as a floor finish, kitchen, bathroom or laundry benchtop as well as internal and external wall cladding. Do keep in mind that working with large porcelain sheets in any application can increase the cost of labour involved in your project. It is also safe to use as a fireplace surround or hearth as well as a splashback directly behind a gas cooktop – Porcelain of course, meets the Australian Standards in relation to a gas burner’s proximity to combustible surfaces.

WK Stone’s Quantum Six+ Porcelain sheet in ‘Grigio Concreto’. Image Source

What brands are available in Australia?

There are a few key brands to investigate that are currently available in Australia, each with its own range of colours, thicknesses and slab sizes:

 

 

 

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