There are many options when it comes to kitchen countertops, and there is wide selection of different materials that is available today on the market. There are many natural stones, but the increased interest has been in composite materials.
What are composite materials for kitchen countertops and what are the benefits of using them?
Composite materials for kitchen countertops have the look of the stone, but they are man-made from minerals or stone and polymers. These kitchen countertops are very strong and resistant to heat, but not always resistant to staining. So they must be sealed periodically.
Engineered stone is a new composite material for kitchen countertops. It is made of more than 90% of ground up quartz or granite with the resin. These kitchen countertops are non-porous. It is a solid surface which is scratch resistant, very durable, like solid stone. But they’re not always heat resistant, because they have risen that can react with high heat and leave stains.
The increased demand for solid surface materials has been due to easiness to maintain and clean, since it is an non-pours kitchen countertop. These materials are also available in many colors and patterns. Composite materials for kitchen countertops are easy materials to work with, so many finishes can be offered. For example the finish can be polished, honed, or sandblasted.
Engineered stone countertops look very similar to stone, but just to some extent. Since it is a man-made material, there’s a lot of uniformity in this composite material. It is different from natural stone. Natural stone often is different in color and tone from one slab to another, even if they’re from the same quarry.
The main points that usually attract people to composite materials for kitchen countertops are easiness to maintain and quite wide variety of colors and tones.