No home is a living space without a kitchen. A kitchen is the most used room in a house, used each day to satisfy the nutritional needs of the family members. All of its key elements like the refrigerator, the stove, the appliances, the cabinets and the sink form pieces no house can survive without. It is also the room when members gather most of the time either for eating, preparing food, drinking coffee while sharing some jokes and playing cards while enjoying some snacks. However, many home owners get confused on whether they should use porcelain tile or natural stone for their countertop. Here is a comparison between the two materials by listing the advantages and disadvantages of each one of them which will help any owner to decide on which choice to make.
Porcelain tilesPorcelain is a famous kitchen material that is recommended by many interior designers with its own special features. Advantages
- Very durable and has a long life span- Resistant to moisture or slip surfaces - Resilient to crack or stain or scratch- Easier to maintain or fix compared to other materials- Suitable for all styles and preferences- Easy to clean which makes it guard its original beauty- Great variety of patterns, textures, sizes , colors and shapes
Disadvantages- Weak in its ability to guard heat effectively which makes the tiles cold always- Heavy which makes it sometimes unbearable- Uncomfortable in its hard standing surface- Tiring in its installation process where it is advised that only professional must install it to get the best results.
Natural Stones Natural stone is well-known for its two main types: Granite and Marble that have proven their success as kitchen countertop for many decades. Advantages - Hard to break and durable structure - High ability to handle pressure or force of damange - Exceptional ability to preserve the texture and color despite the extensive use - Unique in that every stone has its own features and does not resemble other stones - Capacity to stand against high temperature - Resistant to scratch or stain - Soft with water and soap - Worth the price paid - Highly sustainable
Disadvantages- Heavy in weight just like porcelain tiles which demands special skills while installing it- Sensitive to bleach or other types of chemicals which requires careful attention while cleaning it- Low level of toxicity represented by its radioactive signals- More expensive than other materials
Modern kitchen design is often represented by the modular kitchen concept which requires a professional organization plan by introducing kitchen organizers like drawers, shelves, cabinets and others. To complete such design, the kitchen sink and countertops should be made elegantly either with a porcelain tile or a natural stone. Which one is better? The choice is yours. Feel free to consult an interior designer after having read the above pros and cons, to get the best advice ever.
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March 28, 2023
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