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Porcelain Countertops

Porcelain countertops are made from non-porous ceramic clay that contains various minerals and baked at extremely high temperatures, producing a durable countertop material.

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Porcelain Countertops in Bend Oregon

Porcelain slab is a high fired ceramic surface much like porcelain tile. Porcelain uses ink jet technology capable of mimicking natural stone, wood, and virtually any look you can dream up. The benefit of Porcelain is that it has a scratch resistant surface and is impervious to chemicals it is also one of the most durable surfaces on the market making it useful for kitchen countertops, flooring, walls and even outdoor projects.

Chances are that you already have porcelain material somewhere in your house. But, have you thought of porcelain slab countertops? Most people think that quartz or granite make the strongest countertops. While these two are undeniably strong, the toughness of porcelain slab is a force to reckon with. This ceramic is stronger than the former two making it the go-to material for the kitchen and bathroom.

Durable and Heat Resistant

While porcelain slab countertops may not be famous for kitchen renovations, they are worth a look. In fact, their popularity has grown steadily over the last few years, and soon these products will grab a sizable market share. They are more than a passing trend; they add value to the interior design. Below, we discuss the reasons why it’s a great idea to try these sleek and versatile ceramic tiles.

To ensure the final product is strong and durable, porcelain counterfeits are fired at extremely high temperatures, usually over 1000 °C. The fact that they endure such high temperatures during fabrication makes them resistant to hot environments such as the kitchen. A porcelain countertop can handle hot pans and pots placed on its surface. The porcelain won’t smoke, burn, or emit any harmful substance.

As mentioned earlier, porcelain is one of the strongest ceramic tiles. The surface strength is achieved through the firing process. Its strength surpasses that of granite by 30%; therefore, you can dice and slice food on the countertop with no fear of damages. Its rigid structure makes it scratch resistant. Likewise, the high strength of the raw materials makes this countertop long lasting.

Colors and Finishes

The diverse number of pigmentation of raw materials yields porcelain of different colors and hues. Unlike other materials, porcelain slab counter rarely discolors due to direct exposure to sunlight. Therefore, you can decorate your kitchen countertop without worrying about where the windows are located.

Besides color, you can also choose from several finishes. Polished and matte surfacing provides you with valuable choices for the final appearance. You can even enhance the appearance by mitering the edges according to your liking. If you want to experiment further, why not apply pigmentation to give your porcelain a marble appearance? Patterns and pigment blend to give captivating options.

Southward Contracting has the knowledge and experience to answer all your porcelain countertop questions.  Give us a call at 541-815-3827 or use our contact form and we are happy to answer your porcelain questions.

Porcelain Countertops FAQ

How do I care for porcelain countertops?2020-12-25T14:05:00-08:00

The surface of the porcelain is waterproof making it easy to clean. Warm-water wiping or cleanup is enough to keep the surface clean and hygienic. With that being said, a porcelain countertop can sustain harsh cleaning, for instance, using harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia.

Is porcelain stain resistant?2020-12-25T14:00:37-08:00

Yes. Porcelain countertops have less than a 0.5% water absorption rate. This is a requirement to pass the AST C373 material test. This means you don’t have to worry about wiping the counter every time there is a spill.

Aside from non-porous feature of the porcelain, the surface tile is also stain resistant. While no surface is 100% stain-proof, porcelain comes close. The fired glazing prevents water penetration and provides substantial stain resistance.

Unlike engineered stone and solid surface counters, porcelain slab countertops are rated for exterior use. So you can create continuity between outdoor and indoor kitchens.

What is porcelain?2020-12-25T13:56:39-08:00

The formal description of porcelain is a white translucent ceramic that is rich in kaolinite. It is part of the family of engineered stone derived from kaolinite clay baked at high temperatures. Kaolinite clay contains several minerals, which include silica, feldspar, mineral oxides. These impurities contribute to the strength and richness in colors of porcelain.

How do you make porcelain countertops shine?2020-12-24T08:51:26-08:00

You can find porcelain countertops that were manufactured specifically with a high-gloss glaze. You can also have an additional high-gloss finish added after manufacturing. Day-to-day cleaning with soap and water will help you retain a blotch-free finish.

How are porcelain countertops made?2020-12-24T08:50:43-08:00

Porcelain countertops are made by exposing ceramic clay, and various minerals such as kaolinite and silica to extremely high temperatures (2200-2650 degrees Fahrenheit). These extremely high temperatures produce a durable countertop that is resistant to scratching, cracking, UV light, and heat.

How durable are porcelain countertops?2020-12-24T08:48:11-08:00

Porcelain countertops are very durable. The manufacturing process results in a countertop that is highly resistant to scratching, heat damage, and cracks.

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Porcelain Countertops


Porcelain countertops are made from non-porous ceramic clay that contains various minerals and baked at extremely high temperatures, producing a durable countertop material.

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