Ceramic worktops – the virtues of thinnest stone-worktops on the market

Sintered Stone, commonly known as ceramic, is made through the process of ‘sinterisation’. In other words, the slabs are created by exposing the blend of a number of ingredients (pigments, raw materials, chemicals & particles) to intensive drying, pressure and temperatures.

Why ceramic kitchen worktops are the #1 ever-lasting worktop product?

This process of creation not only enables ceramic products to withstand intensely high temperatures, fire, liquid absorption and even resist heavy impacts. Companies supplying ceramics boast a high quality material that is theoretically an ideal product for intense cooking environments. No boiling oil, no acid, no heat radiating will affect its structure. Neither will knives that can stab, cut and slash the ceramic worktop surfaces.


Due to such advantages of sintered-stone worktops, ceramic and quartz alike are daily implemented into thousands of kitchens across the whole UK: both casual domestic environments and restaurants, where the stone must match the demand of intensity and rigorous cooking.

ADVANTAGES OF CERAMIC WORKTOPS

FLEXIBLE RANGE OF THICKNESSES

Ceramic worktop slabs are available in 4mm, 6mm, 8mm (only for some suppliers) and 12mm thicknesses. Therefore mounting them upon fragile units, ceilings, doors, fireplaces, radiators, frames, facades or even appliances is now plausible and completely safe. This offers a whole new field of play for fans of sintered-stone and opens up a wide spectrum of possibilities. If you wish to have your entire kitchen panelled in ceramic material, your flooring done, your walls and bathrooms cladded, you only need to request it from us. Opting for solutions like 40mm laminate or natural wood standard is a thing of the past.

IMPERVIOUS TO DAMAGE

Ceramic worktop solutions in a kitchen are not only enhancing the cleanliness standards, but their virtues increase the efficiency of our cooking. Their superior resistance to scratching, staining, blemishing and general abrasion renders them an ideal product for domestic uses. Thanks to the incredible functionality of such surface, ceramic allows us to minimise the use of chopping boards, place hot pans directly on the solid surface, we can safely use the kitchen worktop surface to roll out our dough or use the cutters to cut-out patterns within. On account of these ceramic worktops resistance properties, the possibilities become endless.

LOW MAINTENANCE

Once you’ve finished chopping your veggies, cooking with splashing oil or spilling cocktail ingredients on the counter – all you’ll require to clean the kitchen worktop surface to a pristine level will be a damp cloth and a dollop of soap. Thanks to the infused liquid-repellent properties of sintered-stone (meaning no regular sealing is required), you will never have to worry about scrubbing your kitchen worktops again, or staining them for that matter. Ceramic worktops remain hygienic at all times and very little effort is required to maintain them. What’s more, you’ll be guaranteed protection from harm at all times, as ceramic kitchen worktops never lose their original, mint condition.

AN ABUNDANCE OF FINISHES

Apart from the colours, ceramic worktops are also copious in amount of textures. Riverwashed, Slate, Decor Polished, Lux, Polished, Satin, Lithos, Smooth Matte, Vesuvio, Ultrasoft, Silk, Natural Honed, Dune, Textured Matte, Nano Polished, Boheme, Arena – these are all name varieties of available textured finishes. Brands like Lapitec, Dekton or Neolith offer such unparalleled finish selection.

VASTNESS OF COLOUR COLLECTION

Similarly to other synthetic worktops, sintered-stone products are available in hundreds of different colours, varying widely in composition. Anything from plain colours to patterned (containing veins, particles or streaks) may be purchased, most famous exemplars being: Iron Corten, Beton or Marquina. Out of all mainstream ceramic worktop supplying companies, there are probably around 200+ colours currently available for purchase, making ceramic material the second most colour-rich product after the extensive palette of conglomerate quartz colours.

RESISTANCE AGAINST HEAT AND UV LIGHT

One of the most esteemed characteristics of ceramic worktops is the incredible resistance to high temperatures, burning and scorching. By virtue of ceramic creation process (i.e. use of high temperatures, pressures and of course the properties of the stone themselves) sintered-stone can be subjected to hot pots & pans and not even sustain a blemish. This is the reason these kitchen worktop materials are so frequently used in restaurants, where placing boiling pots and pans on the kitchen worktop is a norm or using a blowtorch a standard. Not only that, ceramics resists all UV radiation, therefore out of granite/quartz, it’s this material which is in fact best suited for the outside projects, especially in projects that are frequently washed by sunlight.

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The Ultra Thin Ceramic Worktop thicknesses

Other stone worktop material surfaces are usually sold in 20mm or 30mm thicknesses. There are exceptions e.g. with Silestone, but generally the abovementioned standard is adhered to. And while the applications for granite or quartz are almost limitless, such finite thicknesses are nonetheless a hindering factor for many interior designers.

A full slab of quartz 3.2m x 1.6m can weigh as much as 400kg, and granite almost always tops that – therefore such heavy weight is impractical for certain design solutions. If you wish to clad your walls with a slab of quartz or granite, it’s certainly doable, as walls (combined with special mountings) can withstand to support that weight. However, cladding your cabinet doors in 20mm thick stone is a Big No. No only is it difficult and expensive to pull off such thing, it’s also dangerous – one has to bear in mind that the hinges of the cabinets are only fragile, and mounting a heavy stone upon them would equal to enduring a strain equal in weight to a small child. So we definitely dissuade our customers from such practice.

Not to mention this solution isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. You don’t want to open up a cabinet, or a door and have a 20mm surface layered on top of it.

Thankfully, ceramic products exist. As we mention above, these surfaces are most often supplied in either 4mm, 6mm or 12mm thicknesses, meaning that ceramics can be applied to any surface, without their weight impacting the integrity of the structure.

Vast Range of Ceramic Worktop Finishes

Having that wide selection of textures significantly opens up the range of application possibilities. If you wish to clad your bathroom with an anti-slip texture, you now have a plethora of popular choice. If the glossy smooth-to-touch polish finish (that granite worktops are known for) isn’t your thing, then luckily, with ceramic worktops you’ll be able to opt for a range of non-reflective finishes, adding that satin, matt look to your kitchen you always dreamt of.

The same goes for outdoor flooring applications – a Slate, Natural Stone Honed, Riverwashed, or Matt finish offer a perfect surface roughness to create maximum safety around pool rims, pathways or playground area installations.

What ceramic slab suppliers do we cooperate with?

NEOLITH

Neolith are currently one of the leading sintered-stone brands on the European and world markets. They boast a range of fantastic products: from stunning marble-lookalike Nero Marquina to unique copper-rust in appearance Iron Corten products. Their intricate samples are always at the centre of our showroom due to their eye-catching qualities.

Neolith have been our partner for over a decade now, and we continuously receive fantastic discounts with the company.

Feel free to browse their dedicated page here.

DEKTON

Dekton are the true masters of sintered-stone ceramic slab production. Their colours are as intricate as that of Neolith, but in addition they offer a huge range of product textures: from smooth gloss, to textured, velvet, smooth mate etc.

Once again, Dekton, along with Cosentino, have been our partners for over a decade. Their deliveries are always quick and reliable – our superb discounts are reflective of our long, trusted and reliable partnership.

Please visit their dedicated page and read more about their history, products and our cooperation here.

Do you have any other questions?

If you have any other questions in respect to ceramic worktops e.g. regarding prices, material properties, warranties, applications etc. please feel free to contact our customer service either via email or tel: 0161 877 8361

Likewise, get in touch if you would like to place an order for your ceramic worktop. We can either create a manual ceramic worktop price plan or guide you through our Online Quote system.

Furthermore, if you require advice on something else e.g. gaining design inspiration for ceramic worktops or obtaining access to our ceramic worktop sample collection, feel free to book an appointment in our showroom.

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