Porcelain Benchtops: A Kitchen Designer’s Guide

Porcelain benchtops are fast taking over the world of kitchen design in Melbourne and right across the world! Engineered and Natural stones have  long been the go-to option for kitchen benchtops however, all that seems about to change with the ever growing popularity and availability of porcelain benchtops.

The most popular porcelain benchtop options are actually created using a combination of materials that often include glass, silica, quartz and other additives to ensure a strong and durable surface finish. As these options are the most popular choices for use as a porcelain kitchen benchtop, we’ll be focusing on these particular solutions in this guide. These benchtop solutions can also be used in vast range of other applications, from indoor to outdoor spaces such as flooring, wall cladding, and more

What are the benefits of Porcelain Benchtops?

Porcelain benchtops offer many exciting advantages that you simply cannot find with any other material. These benchtops are incredibly durable, being resistant to scratching or staining while also being resistant to temperature shock (fluctuations in temperature), a unique trait that cannot be achieved with other kitchen benchtop products like engineered stone or laminate.

Created using a unique blend of powdered glass, quartz and porcelain, Cosentino combines the strengths of these three ultra durable materials to create their popular Dekton material. Image

What are the drawbacks of Porcelain Benchtops?

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, making it a top choice for an outdoor kitchen design.

Porcelain can be used as a floor finish, kitchen, bathroom or laundry benchtop as well as internal and external wall cladding and can make an excellent porcelain splashback option for kitchens and laundry rooms. It is always best to confirm that your selected product can be used for your intended application however as certain brands may have some restrictions as to where and how they can be used.

Do keep in mind that working with large porcelain sheets in any application can increase the cost of labour involved in your project as the product’s large size can be tricky to work with, and you will also have to ensure a completely level surface beneath the product to avoid any installation issues. 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 so you can rest assured that you’ve made a safe choice for your home!

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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