by Shari Held

Porcelain may be newer to the market than natural stone or quartz, but it’s rapidly gaining in popularity – and with good reason. Porcelain is stain-, scratch-, and heat-resistant, making it easy to clean and maintain. It is also hygienic, due to its non-porous surface, and an eco-friendly product. All these reasons make it a great material to use in kitchen and bath designs.

Often people don’t consider porcelain as a viable option for their outdoor projects, but it is a very durable material that is resistant to high temperatures, UV rays, thermal shock and humidity, chemicals, and the growth of mold and fungi.

“Porcelain is ideal for outside spaces,” says Kaelyn Van Camp, Marketing Manager for Stone Mart, a wholesale supplier of natural stone and engineered materials. “You can use it for exterior cladding, patios, countertops in outdoor kitchens, pool walkouts, and more.”

While porcelain has many practical attributes, its eye-catching visual impact is enough reason to consider incorporating it into your next project. The brands that Stone Mart carries offer material in a variety of design styles and patterns – even the popular marble-like designs. “Some colors have slabs with two or more different faces, or designs, and when these slabs are put side-by-side, it looks like it’s one large slab,” Van Camp says. “It’s a really nice feature that allows the design to continuously flow.”

So, when you’re looking to create an outdoor living area or update the look of your existing outdoor space, think porcelain! And, start at Stone Mart today!

Ask your fabricator or contractor about visiting the experts at Stone Mart to find the perfect porcelain material to inspire your outdoor oasis.