If you’re renovating, consider the benefits of using porcelain
slabs in your Toronto home both inside and in your backyard.
Are Porcelain Slabs
Right for My Toronto Reno?
When you’re looking at porcelain slabs, keep in mind that your
choice between a glazed or unglazed slab can make a significant difference. If
your slab isn’t glazed when installed, it has "through-colour.” That means that
if it’s chipped, the colour beneath the chip is exactly the same since the
porcelain has the same colour throughout. If porcelain is glazed, the top layer
will have a slightly different colour than the rest of the porcelain. Unglazed
porcelain is fantastic for flooring in hallways and other busy areas.
Porcelain in Disguise
If you love the look of wood in the kitchen but are wary of
it warping at the first leaky pipe or flood from an over-packed dishwasher,
porcelain may be the answer. Talk to your home renovation team about using porcelain
tiles that mimic
the look of actual wood
. With porcelain, you get the look of wood but it’s
nearly indestructible. It’ll last for years without discolouration, so you
won’t have the wear and tear that develops on wood over time. No one needs to
see your usual path from the couch to the fridge showing like a well-worn
trail. Porcelain disguised as wood saves you from that embarrassment.
You won’t need to seal or wax it to keep it looking its
best—just sweep or use a mop to remove dust and dirt. Spills can be quickly wiped
away without the worry of moisture wrecking the material. As long as dirt and
dust aren’t left to be ground into the porcelain over time, your "wood” floor
should remain virtually unblemished.
Take it Outside
Because it’s moisture-resistant, durable and resists frost
and deep abrasions, porcelain is an excellent choice for cold Canadian winters.
If you’re looking for a stylish floor or wall for your balcony area, porcelain
may be the way to go.
If you need a hard natural stone, like granite, take a
second look at porcelain. It’s actually 30% harder than
. You can find unglazed porcelain that was made to look and feel
like natural stone, so you don’t have to sacrifice the look of granite. A
benefit of using porcelain in place of granite is that porcelain doesn’t need
to be sealed. With granite, you will have to remember to reseal it every two
years to keep it stain-resistant and looking its best. Just mop your porcelain
with warm water and a soft mop; most messes clean up in minutes.
Porcelain slabs give you the freedom to enjoy your house and
outdoor space without worrying about damaging your investment. They are
stain-resistant, slip-resistant, and frost-resistant. Along with being low
maintenance, they are virtually fade-resistant, which makes them perfect for
sunny spots in your yard. Use porcelain slabs on a deck or right on the dirt to
create an oasis for your garden furniture. They’re also a good choice for
around the pool.
Porcelain slabs and tiles are becoming extremely popular
because of the advantages they offer over traditional stone and marble. Use
porcelain slabs in your Toronto area renovation and you’ll enjoy them for years