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What is Porcelain Slab and How is it Manufactured?

What is Porcelain Slab and How is it Manufactured?

What is Porcelain Slab and How is it Manufactured?

Porcelain is a type of ceramic that’s been around for centuries. Porcelain was first discovered in China, and it was used to make dishes and other kitchenware. Today, porcelain is used to create everything from floor tiles to kitchen countertops, bathroom sinks and bathtubs. Lusso Stone specialises in the manufacturing of porcelain slabs for residential and commercial uses in Australia.

What is Porcelain?

Porcelain is a type of ceramic, made primarily from clay. It is produced by firing at high temperatures (at least 1 300°C) to make it hard and durable. The first uses of porcelain can be dated to the Shang dynasty in China around 1600 BCE, but the process has been refined over time by many different cultures around the world.

Due to its versatile nature, porcelain has been used in a variety of different applications, from dental crowns and implants to bathroom tiles.

How is Porcelain Manufactured?

First, Kaolinite clay is mined, and this raw material is then fired at extremely high temperatures in a kiln until it becomes hard and durable. After cooling for 12 hours, the material is inspected for any cracks or defects. The resulting product is known as porcelain.

How are Porcelain Special Effects Made?

During the production process for porcelain slabs, the desired marble vein effect is reproduced through the entire thickness of the slab, achieving the perfect consistency between the surface and the body of the slab.

How to Cut Porcelain Slabs

Let’s look at how to cut porcelain slabs. The first thing you need to do when cutting porcelain slabs is get the right tools. You’ll need a diamond blade, which will be used on a wet saw or band saw. A jigsaw can also be used; just make sure you use the correct blade for the job and keep it sharpened regularly.

It’s important that you take your time when cutting them so that none of your materials go to waste, or worse, break while they’re being cut into pieces. Whilst it is possible to cut porcelain yourself with the right tools, it’s preferrable to have a professional do it to ensure your safety and avoid damaging the material.

Size and Thickness of Porcelain Slabs

Lusso Stone pride ourselves on our an extensive range of large format porcelain slabs to suit your residential or commercial project. Our range includes an array of segmental sizes that combine seamlessly. The sizes available are:

  • 1600mmx3200mm
  • 1200mmx2700mm
  • 1200mmx2400mm
  • 795mmx2400mm
  • 900mmx1800mm

In addition, our range comes in 3 different sizes:

  • 8mm
  • 9mm
  • 12mm

Large slab porcelain tiles exert strength in thin sections, making them easier to install when compared to conventional natural stone materials such as granite or marble.

Colours and Textures Available with Porcelain Slabs

In addition to being manufactured from natural materials, porcelain slabs come in a variety of shades and textures. Lusso Stone’s wide range of porcelain slabs can be designed to 65 different colours and finishes. In terms of the texture of your porcelain, you can choose between gloss, satin or matte.

If you’re not too sure how to lay porcelain slabs, we’ll walk you through the whole process or come on site to your Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast project and take care of it for you! Contact Lusso Stone today or call us on 07 3607 3179 to revamp your home with porcelain.

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