Man Made Products
QUARTZ (Engineered Stone)
Few people know the properties of Quartz and the possibilities it offers as there is a wide color range to acheive a countertop to suit your needs. Although quartz is one of the most common rocks on the planet, Quartz countertops are actually composed of 93% quartz or stone particles and 7% resin. They are bacteria resistant and very easy to clean. It’s uniformity and different pure colors make it an attractive choice for any current or modern concept.
Maintenance: Quartz is made with stain-resistent polymers that are easy to clean with a damp cloth or paper towel. Any spills should be wiped up before they dry onto the surface. For more resistant stains, use a non-abrasive cleaning pad and glass cleaner.
CULTURED MARBLE / GRANITE
Cultured Marble is a blend of stone particles and fibreglass resins that are combined with pigments to produce a wide range of colours and realistic, natural looking patterns. This material is only used in bathroom applications.
Maintenance: Wipe up any spills immediately to avoid stains from forming. When cleaning your cultured marble countertop, make sure the surface is always wet or it could scratch. Clean by spraying an all-purpose liquid cleaner and wiping with a cloth.
Today, there are many companies offering this kind of material. Corian solid surface material was developed by DuPont in 1967. It’s a mixture of aluminum tri-hydrate, derived from bauxite (2/3) and acrylic resin (1/3). Corian can be worked just like wood and has the added advantage of being melted, cut, polished, glued, enhanced with an inlay or pattern design and can be formed into an infinite possibility of shapes ranging from simple to complex. Corian can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications, and can be used in the creation of everyday items such as sinks, chairs, surface plates, work surfaces, etc.
The advantages of this surface
A solid material | Corian combines the robustness of marble with the softness of satin. It resists wear, shocks, impacts, stains, and UV rays.
An aesthetic material | Corian is made with inconspicuous seams for a perfect finish. It intergrates seamlessly from one piece to the next.
Colors | Corian comes in a wide range of colors, and if the color that you are looking for doesn’t exist Corian can make it for you on demand.
Hygenic Material | Corian is non-porous and naturally hygenic and with no visual seams dirt and bacterial can penetrate the surface. It is therefore very easy to maintain and cleaning can be done with a sponge and mild detergent.
Eco-Friendly | Corian is non-toxic and has very low VOCs. The pigments used in manufacturing are approved by the USFDA which means there is no trace of heavy metals, toxic or carcinogenic components. Even when exposed to high heat, Corian does not emit any harmful gases.
Environmentally Friendly | Corian is made with respect to the environment to reduce energy consumption. The material and adhesives used received the GREEN GUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified label.
With is many positive qualities, Corian easily fits into our home or any public place, such as restaurants, hotels and ariports.
Although Corian is very durable, it does have limitations:
Sensitivity to heat | The product can burn if it comes into contact with a boiling pot – trivets are recommended.
Sensitivity to knives and other sharp objects | The product can scratch if it’s cut on with a knife – cutting boards are recommended.
Sensitivity to chemicals | Avoid contact with corrosive lotions or solvents. If it comes in contact with Corian, rinse immediately with warm water and soap to avoid damaging the surface.
With endless possibilities in shapes, Corian is a material with many uses. As it is non-porous, it’s highly valued with it’s antibacterial properties. The joints are invisible and you can even have the sink moulded directly to the countertop for a seamless one-piece look. In case of breakage or damage, Corain can easily be repaired.
Maintenance: Solid Surface Countertops are considered very low maintenance. All that is required for clean up is a damp cloth. For more stubborn stains, use mild soap mixed in water.
Strong, Stylish and Sanitary, PORCELAIN is an ideal surface, for slim profile applications in contemporary kitchens, baths or any other custom uses. It is offered in many colors and finishes.
Maintenance: The glaze on the porcelain produces a waterproof surface that is very easy to clean. Warm-water cleanup or wiping with a damp cloth is all that is usually required to maintain a clean, hygienic surface. They are also more resistant to harsh chemicals than other surfaces.
What is laminate?
Laminate is a handy material made from layers of paper that are tightly pressed together to form a thin, rigid sheet that is fairly easy to work with. This sheet is then glued to a wood substrate typically for countertops. It is a low-maintenance, inexpensive choice for a kitchen countertop.
The laminate countertop is very affordable. It is durable and available in hundreds of different colors and finishes. Very versatile, it adapts to all design styles.
Maintenance: Laminate countertops are considered very low maintenance. All that is required for clean up is a damp cloth. For more stubborn stains, use mild soap mixed in water.