We have relied upon natural stones for a very long time when we want to decorate kitchens and the rest of the house. While some of you had good to great experiences, others may have had a very tough time maintaining the look of their most cherished and prized acquisition, be it a marble or granite.
Those of you with marble, granite or any other natural stone installed in the kitchens must know that there are specific and precise ‘Do’s and ‘Don’ts to abide by, failing which, the stone’s natural beauty may falter a bit, and/or also have an issue with rust marks on your marble, granite or limestone.
While some of these are easy to deal with, some other problems may take a little time and patience to resolve, such as removing the rust off of marble worktops, which sometimes, can take up to 72 hours, depending on the severity of the case.
To combat this very problem involved with natural stones, the intellectuals in the stone industry have come up with not just the theoretical science and practical technology, but they have also been immensely successful in manufacturing indestructible man-made stones never before known to mankind.
These stone types are inspired from the most wanted, highly popular and the marvellous creations of nature, and even imbibe the same properties with one very significant difference. Synthetic stones do not bring the inherent issues commonly found in natural stones. What this basically means is that you can use them simply anywhere- indoors, outdoors, floors, wall cladding, bathroom, sauna, living room, bedroom and if you are a die-hard fan of cooking, you will be very pleased to know that you can also them in kitchen worktops and/or as a splashback, sink surrounding, staircases and anywhere else you can think of, creativity is all it takes.
If you were to ask a homeowner, Interior Designer, Architect or a decorator about Neolith, they simply would not stop singing praises about this material. They would not be saying anything negative though. Neolith is pretty fantastic. It is eco-friendly, it does not stain, it is very versatile, highly durable, competitively priced and it carries over decade of manufacturers’ warranty when purchased from an authorised and trusted supplier.
Neolith Calacatta carries the same looks found in the original Calacatta Oro marble and even more features when it comes to its superior performance and very low maintenance needs. Neolith Calacatta is a part of the Classtone Collection that has attracted the greatest attention from the media and it has also been the beneficiary of important international awards for exquisite product design such as the Red Dot Product Design Awards and the Muuuz International Awards 2015.
Neolith Calacatta finds its inspiration from Carraraboards originally seen in Italian quarries. This model boasts an elegant and well-distributed design with uniform grey veins all along the board which optimises its use irrespective of its area of application or the slab size. The greyish mesh with subtle hints of gold lies on a bright white background providing light and vitality to any space of its implementation.
This marvel is made possible by the NDD Technology with available finishes in Silk and Polished.
Dekton is a measured blend of the raw materials used to manufacture the very modern applications found in glass and porcelain as well as, the topmost quality pure natural quartz crystals. It employs very exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high amounts of temperatures and pressure over hundreds of thousands of years.
With the help of electronic microscopy, Cosentino, the makers of Dekton have achieved zero porosity in the material, due to the sinterization and ultra-compaction process employed during its manufacturing process. In addition to this, the lack of micro-defects that tend to cause tension or weak spots on man-made products, are avoided in Dekton.
Dekton Kairos also called ‘The Attraction of Light’ by its manufacturer, spreads a crystal clear chromatic palette, truncated white and pale cold greys.
Its natural veins harmoniously combine with any atmosphere in which they are used. The most stunning feature of Dekton Kairos that you will experience is its ‘elegant luminosity.’
This statuary marble is a symbol of perfection in the world of architecture and design and highlights any project with its colour and unique properties that are unmatched with any other material found on the market.
Ceralsio Calacatta Gris
Ceralsio is a beautiful, hard-wearing and versatile range of porcelain surfaces, built to meet the demands and challenges of modern living.
While maintaining its everlasting luxury and elegance, it also boasts a strong resistance to wear and tear, scratch and heat. These extra hard and super strong materials are built exclusively for kitchen and bathroom worktops, flooring, and cladding and in exterior applications such as gardens, patios, terraces, balconies. It is eco-friendly, versatile and lacks pores which make it even more ideal at places where hygiene and resistance to stains and etching is a priority.
Ceralsio Calacatta Gris is one of the most popular colours of this newly launched range of products with a surface seeks inspiration from the stylish and timeless marbles such as Calacatta Oro and Statuario from Italy, with a subtle poise seen in grey veins over an illustrious white background. This fine material is available in both a natural and polished finish which will suit modern, contemporary as well as more traditional design schemes. It is easy to clean and care for, highly impact resistant, heat, frost and ice and scratch resistant which makes it a dream material when working on new kitchen worktops, vanity tops and fireplace surrounds on both interior and exterior applications.
Compac Unique Calacatta
A renowned name in the marble and quartz industry, Compac, The Surfaces Company, has just released their newest creation in the form of Compac Unique Calacatta.
This gorgeous quartz surface constitutes 96% pure quartz and 4% resin which provide stability in colour. There is something magical about the construction of all Compac surfaces which result in high tensile strength, durability and superior performance as opposed to the natural Calacatta marble, but it offers the same luxury appeal and the look and feel of this ancient popular stone.
Compac Unique Calacatta blends with a mystique combination of striking grey veins with golden tints across a pearly white background spreading throughout the slab. This innovative creation can be implemented in both modern and traditional areas of common usage, for example- bathrooms, kitchens, wall cladding, floorings, staircases, sauna and others areas.
Unique Calacatta is the best-selling stone of the Compac range since 2016 and it is ready for purchase in the UK with Gold, Grey and White tonalities. The reason for this fame and success is its anti-stain property, followed by its low-maintenance attributes. Formed by using an exclusive technology, the natural veining is easily visible on a man-made surface that can be purchased with a warranty of up to 30 years upon product registration when purchased from an approved fabricator.
It has an amazing sheen on its Polished finish, which brings light to small spaces. Also, a buyer can avail the slab in a Matt (also known as Glacé) finish as well. The latter offers a design of subtle elegance in a traditional ambience with a silky feel at touch.
This quartz material is environmentally safe and also carries a Food Certification making it applicable to use in kitchens and also, around children.
Silestone Eternal Calacatta Gold
Silestone is yet another quartz product manufacturer and the leader worldwide, who offers a guaranteed highest quality material with 25 years limited transferable warranty.
Silestone worktops is a beautiful combination of natural quartz and other raw materials that are extraordinarily hard and resilient. These characteristics come together to create an unrivalled surface for kitchen worktops, bathrooms, flooring, wall sliding and a lot more.
All Silestone products come in a wide range of colours and extraordinary textures.
These represent a myriad of attributes, including-
- Stain resistance- non-porous surface and highly resistant to staining caused by coffee, wine, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil
- Brilliant colours and polishes- available in more than 90 colours and three polishes- polished, suede and volcano, allow for endless possibilities.
Silestone Eternal Calacatta Gold Polished quartz produces a lean, luxurious look perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and other spaces of residential and commercial décor. Its delicate white background laced with grey veins and splashes of gold, add a lot of substance and character bringing uniqueness not only to the stone but also the ambience where it is applied.
When used at home in kitchens as a worktop or kitchen splashback, it offers exclusive stain-free and non-porosity, which means the stone remains unaffected due to spillage of any hot substance. You may also use it at fireplace surrounds, wall accents and applicable even in wet, humid areas such as bathrooms, sauna or indoor swimming pools. This impervious flooring has minimal water absorption, less than 0.5%. It is anti-bacterial, highly resistant to stains, scratches and mould, hard and resilient that can endure any heavy impact hitting the stone directly. It is eco-friendly and can be used in schools and universities.
These five stones are taking the market of kitchen renovations by storm and used by homeowners, builders, construction companies, interior designers and many artificial stone enthusiasts. As splendid and elegant as they look, they are also within your reach.
If you live in the United Kingdom, you will find so many suppliers on the Internet. But, if it is your first-time acquiring a man-made stone and you want to clarify doubts before making a final purchase, there is a trusted name that comes to mind, MKW Surfaces. Their exceptional service quality and in-depth information given by the in-store experts is really praiseworthy. They also sell these products with a Manufacturer’s warranty and a thorough professional consultation service to ensure your material remains picture perfect for an eternity.