porcelain slab kitchen countertop

palm_tree_2013April 8, 2013

Hi,
We are starting a gut-remodel job and I'm trying to find the perfect kitchen counter material. I love the look of marble counters, but want something more stain resistant. I've looked a lot at different quartzite, granite, and engineered quartz like Ceasarstone. I recently learned about porcelain slabs (not tile, actual slabs). The one that I saw I would have thought it was marble, it looked like the real thing! The guy at the slab yard said it is a new product and he didn't know too much about it. Anyone familiar with this? I would love to hear your experience.

I did find a photo online, if that helps:
http://geologica.designshuffle.com/portfolio/fmg/statuario-venato-maxfine-poplished/

Thanks!

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dodge59

It's the latest thing, comes with a "Toto handle" too!

Unsigned

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:10PM
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Gooster

The link didn't work for me, either.

Houzz produced this:

Contemporary Kitchen by Anaheim Tile Stone And Countertop Geologica Store Anaheim

Reading the specs, they seem to be max 6mm thick... a very thin through body porcelain in large format slabs. I'm guessing they mitered the example above.

Google provided the manufacturer:

Here is a link that might be useful: From Italy, very thin

This post was edited by gooster on Tue, Apr 9, 13 at 0:17

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:15AM
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palm_tree_2013

Thanks gooster. Sorry about the bad link. Yes, the counters must be mitered. It looks so good! Too good to be true?

Here is another photo from houzz, from CASALINEA Dallas:

Contemporary Floor Tiles by Dallas Tile Stone And Countertop CASALINEA Dallas

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:40AM
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island

Palm-Tree. I was just going to post about the same thing!

Saw slabs of it on Fri in a high end tile and slab yard. Several different colors, shiny and matte and one that looked more like marble than any other non marble material I've ever seen. The latter caught my eye and also because it was so thin and fragile looking, I had to ask what it was. Very surprised to hear porcelain and that it's being used for everything, shower walls, countertops... Guess it makes sense, tile without the grout lines, but hard to believe when seeing it in a slab that thin!

Anyone know much about it or seen it used anywhere?

Thanks,

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 3:22AM
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purplepansies

I remember this post about Kerlite. Don't know if it's helpful at all, but thought you might want to take a look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kerlite

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:22AM
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wi-sailorgirl

I don't know if I'd want something like that for counters but it would be fantastic for shower walls.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:16AM
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lascatx

There is a post about a similar product on the baths forum adn I was thinking the same thing -- shower? Tub deck?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:54AM
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andreak100

I'd worry about porcelain for counters - but that's coming from someone whose grandparent's sink was porcelain and chipped like mad.

For a shower wall though, I think I'd sign up in a heartbeat.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:18AM
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aoldis

Did you ever decide to go with the Porcelain countertop?
I am looking for feedback from someone who actually has this as their kitchen countertop.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 6:06PM
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writersblock

A more recent post about Kerlite in the bathrooms forum:

Here is a link that might be useful: Low maintenance shower surround

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 7:31PM
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RockGuy67

There is a product being released by Cosentino ( manufacturer of Silestone quartz) in the next 90 days which is called an ultra compact surface and is the first surface of its kind ever made. It is comprised mainly of porcelain but also has quartz and refined glass in it as well. It is extremely impact resistant and heat resistant up to 1400 F. The other great thing about the product is that it's available in both 2cm ( 3/4") and 3cm (1 1/4") thicknesses. Check it out: Dekton.com

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 10:47PM
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miriamb34

I just saw this product this past week in a high end tile store in San Diego called Tuo Sogno. It's manufactured by a company called Fiandre. Is priced at $37.50/sq ft (polished), $33.50/sq ft (matte). It comes in a 5'x10' slab. I'm not sure whether it can be cut down to custome sizes. I also thought it looked amazing. I'd love to know if anyone can comment on its durability.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 12:10AM
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writersblock

Miriamcb, there are a couple of other threads with some slight discussion of Fiandre. Here's one:

Here is a link that might be useful: marble rangehood

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 12:39AM
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