Porcelain is a brilliant kitchen worktop material due to its ability to withstand stains, scratches, and heat. Porcelain is not just hard and durable but also stylish to match any contemporary interior decor.
In recent years, porcelain has grown up in popularity in both home renovations and office refurbishments. It is one of the best kitchen worktop materials that are available in a wide range of colors, finishes and realistic patterns. It is a sintered stone mixed with other raw materials and pigments that provide ample design options to choose from. The finishing is spectacular, as it truly resembles marble and other stunning natural stones.
How is sintered porcelain made?
Traditional porcelain is made by applying very high heat to clay and it has been made for many centuries. When it comes to surfacing products, the large slabs used to create cladding pieces or kitchen worktops are made under a different process and with totally different materials than with traditional porcelain. This new generation of porcelain are also known as sintered stones. Sintered stone has been growing in popularity from the hand of innovative brands such as Neolith. Rather than calling these Neolith ceramic worktops, the vivid depth and realistic finishes make it a superior to the former in every aspect.
As an example, the strength of Neolith porcelain, it is approximately 20% higher when compared to natural granite. The strength comes from the firing process and it’s done to keep the surface resistant from stains, scratches and daily wear and tear.
The worktop fabrication process is to be undertaken by experienced suppliers, as the fabricators are dealing with a high-density material. Regardless, sintered porcelain is as affordable than marble, granite, and quartz. This means that should wish to invest in the long term, porcelain is the material right for your kitchen worktop.
Benefits of Porcelain slabs:
Now that we have talked about the strength and durable nature of porcelain, here are some of the major advantages of installing Neolith ceramic worktops in your kitchen:
UV-Resistant: After deciding which porcelain worktop color, finish, and style go well with your kitchen interior, you will be glad to know that you have chosen the most sophisticated countertop material for your home. Another benefit of this material is that it is UV-resistant and will never fade away in the sunlight. This means it is ideal for outdoor kitchens as well. This is because the sunlight will have no negative impact on its appearance over time.
External cladding in Neolith Iron Corten
Stain-Resistant: Neolith worktops, such as porcelain, are completely stain resistant. It is therefore perfect for any worktop – no matter it’s for the kitchen or bathroom. Both areas are likely to suffer more spillages of food, drinks, chemicals, water, etc. Similarly, porcelain surfaces will provide you with peace of mind knowing this worktop doesn’t require much cleaning or maintenance work.
Scratch-Resistant: If all that was not enough, you must know that porcelain is also scratch resistant. In contrast with other materials, there won’t be any damage to your worktop with accidental slipping of a knife.
Large-Size Slab: The porcelain is also available in large-slab sizes, unlike other worktop materials available in the market. You get the flexibility to use just one single worktop slab for a stunning and seamless look. There is no need to buy multiple slabs and fuse them together to make a kitchen or bathroom countertop. Neolith surfaces are available in slabs with dimensions 3200x1500mm, 2600x1200mm and 3200x1600mm. Additionally, you can also choose from thicknesses 3mm, 6mm, 12mm, and 20mm which suit the type of application.
Easy Installation: Another benefit of porcelain is that it is easy to handle and install. This is because it is a lightweight material compared to other stones. Black Granite weighs approximately 80 kg per square meter. Comparatively, Neolith starts at 7kg per square metre in 3mm thickness up to 48kg per square meter in 20mm thickness.
In a similar same fashion, when it comes to preparing the area and time needed for installation, porcelain worktop is a breeze to handle and install.
Although porcelain has so many advantages, there is also the fact that because the material is so strong, one must be a little careful with knocks and accidental impacts which may chip the material. Luckily, the makers of these innovative surfaces have allowed for contingencies and the products can be repaired with the help of a professional should it be required.
If you are careful when working on this porcelain worktop you will easily keep it damage-free for years.