Sintered Stone / Ceramic Worktops – a truly modern alternative to quartz/granite.
Over the last 6-8 years, the ceramics have been dominating the kitchen worktop market. They are presently a snynonym of modernity, style and innovation, and are applied in almost every contemporary household. They not only possess the great qualities of granite/quartz and the like, but are also available in unbelievably thin formats. Read below to learn why kitchen ceramic worktops are the go-to kitchen product of this generation.
Why ceramic worktops have grown this much in popularity? What makes them special?
Ceramic worktops – or sintered stone – as this material is properly named, was first released onto the market by three major worldwide companies: Dekton Cosentino, Neolith and Lapitec. From 2011 onwards ceramics have steadily grown in popularity, gradually gaining success year by year. Vast designers, architects and worktop enthusiasts realised that this product has near exact properties of modern quartz, though it can be supplied in much thinner formats and plenty varieties of surface texture. Why is this important?
Greater Thinness = More Possibilities
Ceramic worktops can be supplied in 4 thickness types: 6mm, 8mm, 12mm & 20mm. Compare that to the limited 20mm / 30mm option standards offered by companies supplying quartzes (e.g. Silestone or Compac). The possibility of going thinner is vital, because such flexibility does not restrict sintered stones. In other words, this material does not have to be strictly applied on countertops. A thin, light, portable product means that it can be used for cladding of variety of surfaces. If you ever dreamed of having your ceiling, cabinets, furniture or even appliances overlaid with a near-indestructible bespoke surface, then ceramic is your solution.
Unfortunately, with 20/30mm quartzes, such cladding would be difficult to execute. Not only the weight would endanger the hinges of doors and cabinets to give in, the thickness of the material would restrict the movement of the operational elements. However, thanks to 6/8/12mm ceramic thicknesses, our options are significantly increased and new opportunities arise. Some companies, like Neolith have recently commenced to produce their own range of integrated hobs + sinks from the thin ceramics – the sinks would be otherwise difficult to execute from quartz due to weight.
So, finally, after all those years, Dekton, Lapitec and Neolith developed an advanced technology that proved to vast customers that the standards can be broken – and if you desire to have your whole kitchen interior swathed in solid stone, sintered stone ceramics are your answer. Embellishing surfaces with man-made stones not only guarantees extra safety and steel like resistance to abrasion / scratch marks, it is also a stylish and fashionable solution. At last, you can acquire material which can endure all conditions, even the harsh ones.
This does not mean your kitchen space has to resemble a monotone-coloured tiled bathroom! Far from it, each element of your kitchen interior can be cladded with sintered stone of different colours. E.g. your worktops ceramic can be supplied by Neolith, in the colour of rustic metal i.e. Iron Corten, or Pulpis design in matt finish; your flooring can be covered with Dekton’s Orix (grey concrete hue) from their Industrial Collection. Meanwhile you can fill the spashback wall with Beton Concrete design by Neolith, also in matt finish. Lastly, your cabinets and island can be cladded with Lapitec’s Bianco Assulto ( white colour ) complemented with Fossil finish.
You can gain a lot of design inspiration either by browsing Google, Facebook or Pinterest gallery, or exploring vast contemporary offices, banks, salons and shopping centres, to view how these interiors are decorated and which colour range was applied.
Varied Finishes = Novelty and Intrigue
The innumerable finishes offered by Dekton, Neolith and Lapitec is one of the primary reasons why kitchen ceramic worktops are so admired and frequently purchased. Unlike granite slabs, which are usually offered in either standard polish or occasional honed, ceramic worktops can posess around 12 vaired textures.
Lapitec Ceramic Finish: LUX / SATIN / LITHOS / VESUVIO / FOSSIL / ARENA / DUNE
Dekton Ceramic Finish: MATT (MATT Textured & MATT Smooth) / WOOD / SLATE / NATURAL / POLISHED
Neolith Ceramic Finish: SATIN / SILK / RIVERWASHED / MATT
Such superior selection of finishes certainly makes sintered stone stand out. This is because nowadays, a lot of customers appreciate a greater choice on offer. For many, the polish and honed textures of stone/laminate countertops are generic and overused. So they reach out to companies (like us) that can supply them bespoke solid surface ceramic worktop with a completely new feel and that extra edge. A worktop surface that can finally create a wow-factor atmosphere in their kitchen interior and withstand any conditions.
But what exactly are ceramic worktops? How are they formed?
Sintered stone is created through the process of sinterisation. To put it simply, a mixture of minerals and additives are blended together (powdered quartz-particles, waste raw materials, natural pigments etc.) and formed into a singular mass. This certainly departs far from the clay + water mixture of the standard ceramics / porcelain.
This composition is thereafter hardened through baking in extremely high temperatures. The slabs simultaneously undergo intense compression which further helps to bond and fuse the minerals together. Traditional ceramics / porcelain are also ‘baked’ in similar hot temperature fashion, but are never exposed to additional pressures.
Therefore in terms of composition, sintered stone ceramics are not even remotely related to traditional ceramics / porcelain we are used to. The primary similarity between traditional ceramics / porcelain and ceramic worktops lays only in the name and somewhat in texture. Though in terms of composition, durability, longevity and resistance, these materials are actually more similar to quartz countertops.
And beyond thickness and varied texture finishes, why is this this modern alternative selected over other stones?
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