The evolution, the technology also reaches the interior design and the use of natural rocks and marble slabs.
When we talk about product improvements in the world of decoration and bathrooms, it is not only about apparent improvements that affect the design. We are firm believers that design is synonymous with functionality, with improvements in use that serve to improve people’s lives. Today we want to deal with a subject that is very present in baths and home renovation projects and, nevertheless, about which there is a lot of ignorance and about which we can talk a lot because it is one of our specialties: the handling of materials such as marble or the so-called porcelain slabs.
What is a porcelain slab?
Porcelain stoneware (commonly known as porcelain tile) is a type of dry pressed ceramic tile, with very low water absorption and high mechanical strength. Porcelain tile is the ceramic tile with the best mechanical properties: resistant, clean and impermeable. These basic characteristics allow this material to be applied to all types of surfaces and spaces. Its obvious advantages in use and its long durability are reflected in the price and the complex installation system.
The manufacturing system makes it possible to create shapes of very different thicknesses and formats of all kinds. Despite its name, porcelain tile is not a derivative of porcelain that is applied to objects such as tableware, which is much more fragile and transparent. Porcelain tile, due to its type of composition, has a high degree of opacity that makes it extremely suitable for spaces such as a swimming pool. It has a low porosity of less than 0.5%.
The range of porcelain tiles available on the market has made it possible to create options that imitate the appearance of color and texture of wood with a much better result in terms of resistance and durability.
As for its use in the bathroom, porcelain tile allows manipulation to convert it into the form of use that best suits: countertops, sinks, cabinet fronts, etc. that provide a high degree of uniqueness to the final result of the bathroom furniture. It is true that the knowledge of its manipulation for this type of applications is complex, but the result you get on every space you decide to cover will be fantastic.
Porcelain or marble slabs?
Both are two great options that offer wonderful results when applied on a bathroom cabinet or, by extension, as a covering for the space. Each one offers its own particularities and surely, the best way to decide on one is to evaluate the priorities compared to the values offered by each product. Here is a list of some comparative characteristics between marble slabs and porcelain tile:
Marble slab is a more porous natural stone that absorbs and stains much more than porcelain tile. Besides, its range of uses is wider than porcelain tiles.
In spite of finding an important offer in both materials in terms of finishes, marble slab, by its nature, is a more expensive product.
Porcelain tile is manufactured and an artificial product so when you get it, you will find exactly the same material you had seen in the sample book or catalogue. On the other hand, marble slab, being a noble, natural material, can vary from one batch to another and, in addition, it will change over time, due to the effect of light, use, cleaning, etc.