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PORCELAIN SLAB COUNTERTOPS OFFER NEW DESIGN OPTIONS
Porcelain slab countertops are
not entirely new, but they
definitely qualify as enormously
improved, and are poised to grab
a well-deserved share of the
market. They were first
introduced in the late ‘90s as
three-quarter inch slabs,
comparable to the solid surface
and stone tops they were
positioned against. The latest
versions, seen at Cersaie,
Cevisama and LivingKitchen trade
shows in Europe, and at recent
Coverings and Kitchen & Bath
Industry Shows here, are
typically three-sixteenths of an
inch to slightly thicker than a
third of an inch, and offer
intriguing new capabilities.
The qualities that make porcelain a winner for kitchen and bathroom floors and walls – mainly its durability, versatility and low maintenance – make it a winner for countertops, too, with some added benefits. Unlike solid surface and engineered stone counters, porcelains are rated for exterior use. As a designer, that lets you create continuity between indoor and outdoor kitchens. A popular benefit for solid surface clients is the integral sink, which can also be created by porcelain slab fabricators. Unlike solid surface, though, which typically restricts sinks to whites and beiges, integral porcelain sinks can be produced in color- and pattern-matched material. Additionally, the ultra-thinness of the porcelain slabs enhances the sleekness of contemporary kitchen designs. They are so thin, in fact, that they can be installed over existing countertops.
By Jamie Gold
PORCELAIN SLAB KITCHEN ISLANS AND COUNTERTOPS
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