As a material, porcelain provides a low maintenance splashback finish in the kitchen, being easy to keep clean while also being resistant to fire. Options for a porcelain splashback include tiles or sheets, both providing the same benefits and superior qualities that porcelain products are known for. Our guide highlights the key points to consider when making your splashback selections to help you make the most suitable decision for your needs and style preferences.
Why is a Porcelain Splashback a Good Choice?
A porcelain splashback in the kitchen offers many incredible benefits that are simply unparalleled in any other material. Porcelain is considered to be a non-combustible surface, making it an especially ideal fit for kitchen layouts that use a gas cooktop. In accordance with Australian Standards, should 200mm of clearance between the splashback and the nearest gas burner not be achievable, a non-combustible surface must be used on any nearby vertical surfaces, including your kitchen splashback. Porcelain provides the perfect choice in these situations, creating an effective fire retardant surface and ensuring your safety. Aside from this materials incredible fire safe quality, it also provides a scratch and stain resistant finish, ideal for busy kitchens.
Porcelain products do not normally require sealing (however, cement based grouts in tiles do!) providing yet another low maintenance benefit in your new kitchen renovation. It is important to note that porcelain products are incredible dense and as such, can be brittle along the edges especially. Wherever possible, avoid leaving the topmost edges of your splashback exposed to avoid chips that can occur as a result of the nature of this material.
Porcelain Sheet Splashback
Porcelain sheets have gained immense popularity over recent years, both as a benchtop option and as a splashback choice. Providing a grout-free alternative to traditional tiles, a porcelain sheet splashback creates a smooth, sleek and simple to maintain splashback option that is perfect for the busy kitchen, creating an ultra-modern aesthetic in your kitchen renovation.
A manufacturer of porcelain products, Dekton’s unique combination of quartz, glass and porcelain in their sheets creates an intensely dense and temperature resistant surface. Their new ultra-thin panels measure at just 4mm thick, making them the perfect lightweight option for a kitchen splashback.
Porcelain Tile Splashback
A traditional porcelain tile splashback possess all of the same qualities and benefits of porcelain sheets however, this option will of course include grout lines. Tiles have long been a favourite choice as a kitchen splashback as there are limitless possibilities in your selection of colour, finish and pattern choices to help you create the perfect look in your kitchen design. Oftentimes however, there can be concerns of dirt, moisture and food splatters dirtying the grout, making for more clean up required in the kitchen. There are many ways to combat this however, including using a rectified porcelain tile or opting for a more durable epoxy grouting instead of the usual cement based grouts which are more prone to corrosion and grime.
The Bonafido rectified porcelain tile collection available at Perini Tiles features rectified edging to minimise the appearance of grout in your kitchen splashback. The range is available in an impressive large format of 600mm x 1200mm, requiring significantly fewer tiles to completely coat your kitchen splashback.
Rectified porcelain tiles are machine cut to achieve a perfect 90° edge, effectively minimising the width and appearance of grout lines to create a sleek and smooth finish that is ideal for a low maintenance kitchen. If you are however hoping to avoid grout lines as much as possible using porcelain tiles, opting for a larger format tile can be preferable however, using a quality grout (such as epoxy grouting for example) will virtually eliminate the usual concerns of maintaining grout in the kitchen, allowing you to choose from any size or shape of tile you wish.
Our Hawthorn kitchen renovation uses patterned porcelain tiles as a splashback, meeting Australian Standards where a gas cooktop has been installed within the 200mm clearance.
Epoxy Grouting for Porcelain Tiles
If grout lines in your kitchen splashback are something that concerns you in terms of cleanliness and maintenance, the use of epoxy grouting will be an optimal fit. Epoxy grouting differentiates from cement based grout products as it is made of epoxy resins and filler powders to achieve a virtually non-porous and thus, waterproof finish. The end result is an extremely hard wearing grout that will assist in minimising built up grime, dirt and moisture from contaminating or eroding the tile’s grout lines, making for an extremely low maintenance choice.
Porcelain tiles or sheets create the ultimate maintenance-free splashback finish for the kitchen, especially when careful attention to details such as tile sizes and grout choices have been accounted for. Our team at Perini Renovations will assist you in the selection of your ideal kitchen finishes and design solutions to help you create an efficient and stylish space, guiding you through the process of selecting the perfect porcelain tiles or sheets to create the ultimate in low maintenance kitchen splashbacks.