Here, in today’s article, we take a look at the latest home design trend in porcelain tiles – the large porcelain slabs.
Introduced in Europe, large porcelain slabs are a huge hit with both homeowners and interior designers alike. They are used for a wide range of applications like flooring, walls, and even countertops.
What are Large Porcelain Slabs?
Generally, porcelain tiles used for flooring and walls are available in small squares. They can also be made in larger sizes ranging from 10’ x 5’, called as large porcelain slabs. However, just because the slabs are bigger, it doesn’t mean they are thicker. Measuring from just 6 to 12mm, large porcelain slabs are similar in thickness to regular porcelain tiles, making them incredibly lighter and easier to work with.
Another big benefit of large porcelain slabs is that they resemble marble and are much more versatile compared to the natural stone.
Porcelain is one of the most preferred materials used for bathrooms and kitchens. They are easy to maintain and are highly robust. They are used in several applications like – tubs, patios, kitchen backsplashes, shower walls, bathroom, and living floors and more.
Thus, large porcelain slabs offer the benefits of both worlds – the versatility and flexibility of porcelain, with the aesthetics of marble.
The Incredible Benefits of Large Porcelain Slabs
Imagine you want to cover an entire accent wall in your home with natural stones like marble or granite. Consider the costs, labour and time required for the project. This is where large porcelain slabs come into the picture.
They offer all the benefits of natural stone for a fraction of the cost. If you want the look of natural stone in your home, minus the costs, time and labour, then large porcelain slabs are the way to go.
Let’s take a Look at Why Homeowners Prefer Large Porcelain Slabs
Easier Installation thereby Helping you Save Time, Money and Labour
Large porcelain slabs are installed on top of a substrate like cement board or a dense foam backing. This substrate acts as a buffer between the porcelain slab and the backing support. Additionally, large porcelain slabs can be installed directly on natural substances like granite, marble, quartzite, and others.
Additionally, since large porcelain slabs are thin and lightweight, it makes for easier transportation and faster installation. It can be installed on both horizontal as well as vertical surfaces.
Fewer Joints and Grout
Since these slabs are huge and cover a larger surface area, there are fewer joints and seams in between slabs. You can even cover entire walls with just a few slabs, thereby giving you the illusion of a giant slab without any breaks or seams.
Another big benefit is that you don’t have to deal with grout, by using large porcelain slabs. While grouts look beautiful, there are big dirt magnets. With fewer grout lines, maintaining and cleaning large porcelain slabs becomes quite easy.
Porcelain is a minimal maintenance material. You can use any regular household cleaner to keep it sparkly and clean. Just swipe down your porcelain surfaces with a soft cloth dipped in a regular cleaner. Unlike natural stone, you need not worry about using the wrong kind of chemicals. Porcelain is robust compared to natural stone, thereby reducing the time you spend on cleaning it.
This makes porcelain perfect for kitchen countertops. You need not worry about placing hot pans and pots straight from the stove on top of your counter.
Porcelain is highly stain resistant, and accidental food spills do not stain the surface. And, if you spill foods by mistake, you can wipe the stains away easily, since it’s nonporous.
Doesn’t Wear or Tear
Porcelain is tough and doesn’t show any scratches or signs of wear and tear. This makes it a perfect choice for spaces that see plenty of use like bathrooms and kitchens.
Can be Installed on Top of Existing Surfaces
Do you have another solid surface already installed? No worries, large porcelain slabs can be directly installed on top of it, with minimal changes.
Where to Install Large Porcelain Slabs?
It can be used for several applications like:
- Shower Walls
- Vanity counters in the bathroom
- Tub surrounds
- Outdoor and indoor patios
- Kitchen backsplashes
- Giant accent walls
If you want the stunning aesthetics of marble, without breaking your wallet, then large porcelain slabs are a great alternative. They offer all the benefits of porcelain along with the sophisticated elegance of luxury natural stones like marble.
Available in a wide range of colours, here at Décor Cera, we can customize porcelain slabs in various sizes to suit your specific requirements. Get in touch with our sales team to know more.