Frequently Asked Questions
Porcelain slabs are composed primarily of porcelain clay, which is a type of ceramic material. The exact composition may vary slightly depending on the specific manufacturer and product line, but the general composition of porcelain slabs includes the following components: clay, feldspar, silica, mineral fillers and pigments. Once the components are mixed, the resulting clay body is shaped into slabs and then fired at high temperatures in a kiln. This firing process, known as vitrification, transforms the clay into a dense, hard, and non-porous material, resulting in the characteristic properties of porcelain slabs such as strength, low water absorption, and resistance to staining.
The slabs range varying on the manufacturer, but the standard size is around 126″ x 63″, with two thicknesses of 1/4″(6mm) or 1/2″(12mm).
Porcelain slabs are versatile and can be used for various applications in both residential and commercial settings. Here are some common uses for porcelain slabs:
Flooring: Porcelain slabs are popular for flooring due to their durability, low maintenance requirements, and wide range of styles and designs. They can be used in high-traffic areas such as entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces. Porcelain slabs are available in different sizes and finishes, including textured options for added slip resistance.
Countertops: Porcelain slabs make excellent countertops in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where a durable and hygienic surface is desired. They are resistant to heat, stains, and scratches. Porcelain slabs offer a sleek and modern appearance, and they can be used for both indoor and outdoor countertops.
Wall Cladding: Porcelain slabs are often used as wall cladding to enhance the visual appeal of interior and exterior spaces. They can be applied to accent walls, fireplace surrounds, shower walls, and facades. Porcelain slabs come in various sizes and finishes, allowing for creative and customizable designs.
Backsplashes: Porcelain slabs are a popular choice for backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms. Their low porosity makes them resistant to moisture, stains, and mold. Porcelain slabs can be installed seamlessly, creating a sleek and easy-to-clean surface behind sinks, stoves, and countertops.
Outdoor Paving: Porcelain slabs designed for outdoor use are highly resistant to weather conditions, fading, and wear. They are suitable for patio areas, pool decks, and pathways. Porcelain slabs for outdoor use are often thicker and have textured finishes to enhance slip resistance.
Furniture Surfaces: Porcelain slabs can be utilized as tabletops, bar counters, or other furniture surfaces. They provide a durable and stylish option that is resistant to spills, scratches, and heat.
Shower Trays: Porcelain slabs can be fabricated into custom shower trays, offering a sleek and durable alternative to traditional shower bases. They are resistant to water, stains, and mold, providing a hygienic and easy-to-maintain shower solution.
Wet Cutting: For larger cuts or thicker slabs, a wet tile saw equipped with a diamond blade is commonly used. The wet cutting process involves continuously spraying water onto the blade to keep it cool and minimize dust. Position the porcelain slab on the cutting table and carefully guide it along the marked line while the blade cuts through the material.
Dry Cutting: For smaller or more precise cuts, a dry diamond blade can be used with an angle grinder or a tile cutter. Follow the marked line and apply consistent pressure to cut through the porcelain slab.
Finishing Edges: After cutting, the edges of the porcelain slab may require smoothing or shaping. Diamond polishing pads or sanding tools can be used to refine and smooth the cut edges as desired.
Yes, our Design Center has some full size porcelain slabs on display in Suwanee, GA along with smaller samples. View our full address under Contact.
You must already have an existing piece of furniture and the porcelain will be made to wrap around the existing material. The existing furniture must be sturdy enough to hold the porcelain.