With porcelain and quartz rivalling each other in terms of characteristics, it can be hard for you to choose the right worktop surface for an upcoming kitchen remodeling project. Let’s help your cause.
When in the market fora kitchen worktop, the diversity of surface choices might overwhelm you. There’s marble, glass, granite, tile, wood, and concrete. And then there’ requartz and porcelain.
Quartz worktops continue to be the mainstay of kitchens the world over. Quartz isa high-end engineered stone comprising up to 94% quartz, polymers, resins and colour pigments. Quartz presents a hard, resistant, durable, aesthetic and non-porous surface compatible across decors.
Lately, porcelain is finding favour with homeowners for some hardy and handsome attributes. Porcelain is ceramic clay made of kaolinite, silica and mineral colouring. The clay is subjected to extreme temperatures, up to 2650 F, resulting in a sturdy, non-porous and resistant surface.
On a cursory glance, they might look similar. The differences emerge only when inspected thoroughly.
Both porcelain and quartz are resistant. What differs, however, is their degree of resistance. They do equally well in non-porosity, preventing bacteria build-up and staining from wine, tea, coffee and food spills. However, a big draw for a ceramic worktop is it’s resistance to UV rays.That makes it a better choice for indoor and outdoor applications alike across settings. On the contrary, quartz lacks UV resistance, and hence, prone to fading when exposed to the sun.
While both are equally durable, porcelain offers better resistance to high temperatures than quartz. Porcelain endures up to 10 folds the standard kitchen temperature. Feel free to place those hot pans and pots directly on your porcelain countertop without bothering about any heat-induced breakage or melting. As high temperatures tend to weaken the bond between resin and quartz mineral, you’ll need trivets for handling hot dishes on a quartz countertop.
Both surfaces resist scratches fairly well but porcelain is more vulnerable to sharp objects like knives. When it comes to resistance to chipping and cracking, quartz has a clear edge over porcelain. That’s because of the use of polymers and resins in manufacturing quartz. The two surfaces can withstand impact very well but, again, quartz fares better. Nonetheless, you cannot undermine the impact-resistance of porcelain variants like Techlam worktops.
Porcelain is an engineered stone, and so is quartz. Therefore, both surfaces are readily available in large slab sizes—size matters when it comes to cladding larger and irregular shaped worktops. The larger the slab size, the lesser will be the unsightly seams. Plus, both surfaces are easy to install. Professional fabricators can make the seams barely noticeable even if two or more slabs are involved. Thus, a uniform surface can be achieved with both quartz and porcelain worktop.
In strength, porcelain exceeds quartz by 30%. Resultantly, porcelain brands can offer sleeker slabs. These slabs, no doubt, look elegant but can be restrictive when it comes to edging. While edging isn’t problematic with quartz worktops due to a profound thickness, the porcelain countertops require mitred edges. Two mitred tiles are cut at a specific angle and butted against each other to create a seamless finish and an illusion of a thicker surface.
Quartz and porcelain(including brands like Laminam worktops) proffer both – look of natural stone and performance of an engineered surface. Regardless of the brand or variant, quartz is typically made of a combination of quartz mineral, polymers, resins, and colouring pigments. The pigmentation creates colour palettes resembling that of natural stones, such as granite and marble. That’s why the colour and pattern intrudes deeper and wider across the entire slab.
On the contrary, porcelain manufacturing involves excessive heating of the ceramic clay. The colour, thus, doesn’t permeate much deeper, leading to the lack of depth. It may go unnoticed until the surface of the Ceralsio worktops is scarred or disfigured due to cuts or impact.