Essential Guide to
FORTE Porcelain

When choosing a material for your home or office space, you want to make sure that you select a durable and sustainable option that can withstand the test of time. Containing all of these properties, it’s no wonder that FORTE porcelain is the chosen material among homeowners, architects, and interior designers.

It's an engineered surface designed to be strong, eco-friendly, and low-maintenance, making it a practical and stylish choice for a wide range of applications. In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about FORTE porcelain, including its properties, benefits, and where to use it in your space.

What is FORTE Porcelain?

FORTE porcelain is a type of engineered surface crafted from natural materials that are compressed under extreme heat and pressure to form an incredibly dense and durable porcelain or engineered slab that has no shortage of applications. It comes in a wide range of colors and slab patterns, from simple to intricate designs, and can easily mimic the appearance of other natural stones like marble.

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What are the Properties of FORTE Porcelain?

One of the key advantages of FORTE porcelain is its durability. Since it's an engineered stone, it's fortified for extra strength during fabrication, making it highly resistant to chipping, cracking, and scratching. It's also resistant to heat, frost, and UV rays, making it a practical choice for indoor and outdoor applications.

Is Porcelain Eco-Friendly?

FORTE is a sustainable stone slab option since it's not mined from the earth. Instead, it's made up of a blend of natural materials that are readily available, and it's manufactured in Italy, where it's required to meet eco-sustainability standards before being exported to showrooms. It's an eco-friendly choice for homeowners who want to reduce their environmental impact.

Is Porcelain Nonporous?

One of the most significant advantages of FORTE porcelain is that it's nonporous, and it can be sealed during manufacturing, reducing the risk of stains and spills. This also makes FORTE ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

Is Porcelain a Low-Maintenance Stone?

FORTE has been designed to be low maintenance. Unlike other natural stones like granite and marble, it does not require annual sealing. The durability and nonporous nature of FORTE also make it easy to clean and maintain, requiring only a damp towel and soapy water for general cleaning. Additionally, FORTE is highly resistant to bacteria, making it a hygienic choice for spaces that require high levels of cleanliness.

Does Porcelain Have Imperfections?

During manufacturing, the technicians can monitor the slabs for imperfections, allowing us to keep stock of only the best slabs. This means homeowners can be assured they're getting a high-quality product free of defects and flaws.

Can I Have a Consistent Design With Porcelain Slabs?

One of the benefits of FORTE porcelain is that it can replicate the same design repeatedly, allowing for a consistent appearance in your space. This is particularly useful for larger applications, like flooring and wall cladding, where a uniform appearance is desirable.

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What are the Benefits of FORTE Porcelain Stone Slabs?

  • Customizable to any space or size
  • Highly aesthetic
  • The appearance of marble at a lower cost
  • Anti-bacterial
  • UV Proof
  • Weatherproof
  • Eco-friendly: 100% natural and recyclable
  • non-absorbent
  • stain-, scratch-, frost-, heat-, and chemical-resistant.

Where to Use FORTE Porcelain Stone Slabs?

These slabs can be used in homes, offices, restaurants, outdoors, and other spaces. Their versatility makes them a great option for a wide range of applications. Whether you want to update your kitchen countertops or create a stunning outdoor living space, FORTE Porcelain Stone Slabs offer a durable and beautiful solution.

Is Porcelain a Good Option for Countertops?

FORTE Porcelain slabs are a great option for indoor and outdoor kitchens. They offer the beauty and durability of natural stone but without the high cost and maintenance requirements. They are resistant to heat, stains, and scratches, making them ideal for kitchen countertops.

Bathrooms FORTE Porcelain Stone Slabs are also a great option for bathroom countertops. They are nonporous, making them resistant to water damage and stains and easy to clean and maintain. They offer a sleek and modern look that complements any bathroom design.

Can FORTE Porcelain Be Used as a Cooktop?

FORTE porcelain can be utilized as a cooktop, providing a seamless and natural stone appearance. Its unique properties make it an effective alternative to traditional stovetop burners while offering the same high cooking efficiency. With FORTE porcelain as a cooktop, it's easy to create a sleek and modern kitchen design that's functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Is Porcelain a Good Bar Top?

Immune to the wear and tear that a bar top endures, FORTE porcelain is a favorite material of restaurant and bar owners. Thanks to its superb durability and perfectly manufactured stain-resistant surface, FORTE is one of the longest-lasting counter materials for commercial use.

Can Porcelain Be Used as Wall Cladding?

To give your home or business a touch of sophistication and elegance, FORTE can be securely fastened to any surface, including walls, fireplace surrounds, cabinets, bar tables, oven hoods, and furniture. It’s the perfect way to bring a breath of natural ambiance into your space.

Can FORTE Porcelain Be Used as Art?

These slabs are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing, making them a perfect option for art installations. Any room will suddenly feel like a high-end art gallery.

Is Porcelain a Good Flooring Material?

FORTE Porcelain is a great flooring material thanks to its unbelievable strength, ideal for high-traffic areas in residential and commercial spaces. It can take the abuse, and then some and still look fantastic years later.

Is Porcelain Good For Outdoor Use?

Thanks to the manufacturing process, FORTE Porcelain can stand the test of time against outside exposure like water damage and sun exposure. It makes for a fantastic deck around the pool or beautiful and natural-looking signage.

Can Porcelain Be Turned Into Built-In Shelving?

FORTE porcelain can be transformed into built-in shelving due to its strength and durability. This material can withstand heavy loads, making it a great option for shelving that requires a lot of weight. FORTE porcelain's sleek, seamless appearance adds a modern and stylish touch to any space.

Is Porcelain a Good Sink Option?

Impervious to stains and water damage, and easy to keep clean and looking brand new, FORTE porcelain has become an upcoming material for contemporary and fashionable sinks. Since it is an engineered stone, our customers can order their porcelain in any number of sink styles to best suit their design.

Is FORTE Porcelain Easy to Maintain?

A perk of FORTE porcelain is its ability to withstand acid-based cleaning products. However, we recommend rinsing them with plenty of water. Heavy-duty cleaning using machines can be performed without damaging the surface, thus maintaining hygiene even in extremely dirty environments.

For daily cleaning, wash with normal, preferably neutral detergents that do not leave smears or a film, and wipe over with a microfiber cloth. Do not apply wax or other similar substances. Still, surface color and finish can also affect the practicality and visibility of dirt on unglazed material. Polished, textured, or bush-hammered very light or dark surfaces need more care than other colors. They may require occasional degreasing to remove any film from the surface.

General Cleaning Tips

  • Do not clean the stone with harsh household cleaners with acids or ammonia
  • Clean with a damp towel and soapy water
  • Wipe up spills as quickly as possible
  • Ask your Francini representative for the necessary care instructions for the stone

Where Can You Find FORTE Porcelain Stone Slabs?

Francini Inc. is proud to offer a stone shopping experience unlike any other. If you’re in the mood to shop solo, simply let us know and we’d be happy to let you wander our rows of stunning stones. Guests can also expect live demos of the many different applications of our stones to help get your creative juices flowing.

Be sure to visit our premier locations in:

Boise, Idaho

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Sun Valley, California

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Indio, California

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Kernersville, North Carolina

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Wilmington, North Carolina

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Find Your Perfect Stone at Francini Inc.

Are you searching for the perfect stone slab to complete your next project? Look no further than Francini Inc., a premier provider of high-quality stones! Browse our location page to find a showroom near you, or take advantage of our delivery service across the United States. Contact us today, and let us help you find your ideal stone slab. With knowledgeable staff and unbeatable customer service, you will be delighted with what we offer!