When you think of tiled countertops, you probably think of the ubiquitous little squares separated by the thick lines of grout you ripped from the last kitchen or master bathroom when you remodeled the space. They're hard to clean, not very appealing (unless you're working on a retro project and don't like the vintage pink or seafoam style), and you love getting rid of them.
You might have replaced those surfaces with granite if you renovated in the decade before the housing crash, or with engineered stone if you’ve done so more recently. It might surprise you to learn that porcelain archives are making a comeback, but nothing like anything you've seen before.
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What's emerging from the tile industry – especially from factories in Spain, Italy, and Tennessee – are large porcelain tiles that look just like granite, marble, wood, linen, or any other natural material you want – with no maintenance issues or usage restrictions.
Like competitive quartz and solid surface materials, porcelain slab tops are nonporous, so they’re a safe and healthy option for food preparation. Unlike those two materials, however, porcelain can be installed outside and is both heat- and frost-tolerant for homes across the country.
Porcelain is an extremely hard surface that is not susceptible to the burns, stains, and other damage that everyday household life can inflict on natural marble, but can be produced with comparable beauty thanks to inkjet technology.