Porcelain is a durable, versatile construction and remodeling material. But this isn’t what most people think when they think of porcelain.

The material is often associated with bathrooms, but it’s quickly becoming a frontrunner as a kitchen countertop material. Taking over the design industry, porcelain should be near the top of your list for your next kitchen remodeling project.

Before you begin, we’ve put together everything there is to know about this go-to countertop material.

What is it?

Porcelain is one of the many engineered stones that are becoming popular among homeowners. Made with clay and baked under extreme heat, porcelain is extremely strong, durable, and dense. That’s what makes it such a great choice for kitchen countertops that are exposed to extensive wear and damage.

What’s great about it?

Porcelain has a lot to offer to homeowners. There’s a reason it’s a popular choice all across Europe and is now expanding its influence across the United States.

Strength

Porcelain is a strong, durable material. In fact, it’s stronger than granite and quartz. Owing to the extreme temperatures used to forge it, its strength and toughness make it a great countertop choice. Porcelain is also resistant to scratches and abrasions; so you don’t have to worry about damaging it with your knives and utensils.

Water-resistant

Kitchen counters are often a site of splashing water and spillages. The material you choose for your countertop should be immune to moisture. Porcelain has this property. The material isn’t porous and doesn’t absorb water, so you don’t have to worry about rushing to wipe up messes as soon as they happen.

It’s easy to clean

Most countertop materials are prone to staining and damage. Porcelain is resistant to stains owing to its low porosity. And you won’t have to use a sealant to protect it either.

The smooth surface of porcelain is easy to clean without any added chemicals; just a simple concoction of water and soap is good enough!

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What’re its weaknesses?

So far, porcelain sounds like a homeowner’s dream material. And it is. There isn’t much to be wary about when it comes to porcelain but here are a few things to look out for.

It can break

Everything has its weaknesses, even porcelain. The material is one of the strongest out there but it is prone to cracking and breakage under blunt force.

The price

While porcelain costs as much as—and sometimes less than—other stone surfaces like marble, quartz, and granite, it may be a point to consider before you make your purchase. When you consider the durability and life of porcelain, it’s an investment worth making.

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