like marble and granite are two of the most popular choices with kitchen and bathroom
remodelers, it may be worth considering a porcelain slab from a GTA (Greater Toronto
Area) vendor. Homeowners today are
seeking materials that shine and sparkle for years, while standing up to tough
day-to-day grime. Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine if
porcelain slabs are the right choice for your renovation project.
Much Usage Will the Surface Get?
On high-traffic surfaces
such as kitchen countertops and bathroom floors, wear and tear are inevitable.
Thus, it is important to look for materials that will withstand heavy usage,
but also suit your lifestyle. Although marble and granite slabs are popular
choices due to their attractive, natural beauty, maintenance is not exactly a
walk in the park. Both materials require regular upkeep and sealing to preserve
its natural luster. Porcelain is a great alternative for those who seek the
look of a natural stone, but prefer something more low maintenance. Today,
porcelain is available in many different finishes, colours and textures that
often mimic the qualities of natural granite and marble. A beautiful surface
without all the hassle? Sold.
Similar to investing
in a new car or home, an expert can help you find the perfect purchase at a
price you are comfortable spending. Taking into account stone slabs and tiles
are priced by the square foot, you will need to carefully measure your surface and
take into account spare pieces for future repairs. Porcelain slabs can often be
the same price or less than traditional natural stones, with upkeep being much
simpler. While you may have your heart set on that beautiful marble counter
featured in your favourite home magazine, your local distributor may know about
products that look just as great but cost half the amount. Take the time to
visit a showroom and see the products in person.
3. Is My
Project Indoors, Outdoors or Both?
Since porcelain slabs
and tiles are completely water resistant, it can be used for both interior and
exterior surfaces. With many homeowners in Toronto looking to integrate their
limited outdoor space with their sprawling indoor hideaways, porcelain has this
advantage over other available materials. Don’t assume all stones can be used
in both spaces. When in doubt, ask for recommendations from your natural stone
distributor to avoid purchasing something that will end up chipping or falling
off in a couple months.
Slippery Is the Material?
In particular for
spaces where young children may be running around or surfaces that are going to
be wet such as a shower, you should take into account the smoothness of the
material. Polished slabs and tiles have less grip than a matte or "honed”
option. Traditional porcelain slabs can be slippery and may not be a great
option for those with little ones running around the house. Slate or sandstone
can be good alternatives in these cases. However, if you are looking to
purchase a slab for a countertop or backsplash in the GTA, this may be less of