Porcelain countertops are made from non-porous ceramic clay that contains various minerals, such as kaolinite and silica. As with all porcelain products, the material is baked in temperatures ranging from about 2200-2650 Fahrenheit. These extremely high temperatures produce a durable countertop material that is resistant to scratching, cracking, UV light, and — naturally — heat.
Those are the major perks of porcelain countertops. A closer look at porcelain will reveal some drawbacks, however, which make it clear why you should consider other materials.