Porcelain 101, Introducing one of the earliest man-made stones

Porcelain is the perfect artificial stone for many uses
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Have you seen those walls or even ceilings covered in what looks like marble? Heavy stone? No need to hold your breath – welcome the porcelain slabs. Just like what you know about ceramic tiles, these are giant tiles that can be used in a multitude of ways.

History of Porcelain

The origin of porcelain goes back to the Tang dynasty (618-907) in China. A specific mixture of kaolinite, which is a clay material normally composed of feldspar, silica, and mineral oxides, and petuntse, which is a historic Chinese term for a feldspathic rock, was fired in a kiln at extremely high temperatures.

Nowadays, porcelain and ceramic are used interchangeably. The English word ‘ceramic’ derives from ‘keramos’ meaning pottery in Greek. However, the origin of it lays in Sanskrit and means ‘to burn’ describing the process of firing the tiles in an oven under high temperatures making them hard enough to withstand the elements.

Properties of the stone

Porcelain slabs are coated with a pigmented glaze using the latest inkjet technology which allows them to look just like natural stone, for example, marble, limestone, any other stone or even concrete. There really is no limit to what kind of look manufacturers can produce using computers and inkjet technology.

The slabs can come both matte and polished, are available in many sizes up to 5×10 feet and range from 3mm to 20mm.

Porcelain should be installed only by professional fabricators with certified tools as it requires precise instructions on handling.

Porcelain slabs are durable, versatile, and low maintenance once installed. They are stain proof, so discoloration is not a problem. Fired at over 1000 degrees, porcelain is heat resistant and withstands hot pots and pans straight from the oven.

Sealing is not required unlike natural stones plus it is UV light resistant making it an excellent choice for outdoor uses because it won’t fade in sunlight.

Last but not least, porcelain is environmentally friendly and recyclable as it is made of 100% natural, clay-based materials.

Care of porcelain or ceramic surfaces

Porcelain is low maintenance, and cleaning is very simple. It has a waterproof surface and stays cleaner longer because it does not have pores for bacteria to grow and

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