Selecting the material you will use for your kitchen benchtop is one of the biggest decisions you will need to make when undertaking a kitchen renovation or during the new home build process. There are many different materials to choose from, from marble to granite to laminate and each one has its own pros and cons. However, there is a new product on the market that is ticking alot of boxes in the design world - sintered compact surfaces, better known as porcelain.
The popularity of this material in Europe is huge, and with its recent introduction into the Australian market, its about to become the next big thing in kitchens and a very much sought after product for homeowners and investors alike.
There are many pros to this new material, including that it is environmentally friendly and a completely recyclable product. It is lightweight, resistant to high temperatures, and is largely unaffected by wear and tear. It doesn’t stain, isn’t damaged by harsh chemicals, and everyone's favourite; it won't scratch so you can chop directly on the surface.
Another exciting feature of this new material is the size of the slabs and tiles. Large slabs, measuring up to 3200 x 1500mm, give homeowners and designers the flexibility to design much larger single-piece kitchen islands than wouldn't be possible with most natural or engineered stone slabs, which generally can only be found in 3000mm lengths. These huge slabs also mean that a larger kitchen island won’t require as many benchtop joins as a smaller one, allowing for a more streamlined finish.
Of course with every product there are some cons and porcelain is no exception. One such cons to consider is how thick you want your slab to be, as this material can only be supplied up to a maximum of 20mm. And secondly because designs and patterns are printed on the surface, they are only skin deep, which means when edges are rounded to create a smooth, neat finish, the design or pattern is removed. This skin deep pattern also means that if you choose, for example, a marble look for your benchtops, having drainer grooves cut into the bench will also result in the pattern being removed in those areas. But, it still gets a massive thumbs up from me.
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