The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most frequently used rooms in the home! It is extremely exploited and subjected to aggressive treatment by the hosts—from hot pots to knives, food that stains and more. Kitchen countertops should be both durable and easy to maintain, as well as aesthetic. Therefore, choosing the right countertop for our kitchen, according to the requirements of our interior and the intensity of use of the countertop, is difficult. The possibilities are many, certainly our interior designer and the company we have chosen to design and manufacture our kitchen will advise us, but it is not bad to know the specifics of different materials for kitchen countertops so that we can make our informed choice better. After all, this is our kitchen, isn’t it?
The options we are faced with are: wood, concrete, glass, technical stone, Corian, natural stone and others. Let’s say a few words about each of them.
Concrete countertop: rough surface, which should be further polished to fill the pores and make the countertop easier to clean. The material is extremely heavy and is only suitable for very massive and stable substructures.
Natural stone—granite, marble and shale: Unlike granite, marble and shale are not very hard and are prone to breakage and absorption of liquids and acids. Great care must be taken when cleaning.
Wood: despite its natural and beautiful appearance, wood, even the hardest, is not sufficiently resistant to high temperatures, and is also susceptible to knife and heavier utensil injuries and swells quickly when moisture penetrates.
Corian: artificial stone, although harder than wood, it is not very resistant to heat.
Glass or plastic: the material is prone to scratches and stains from water and grease are easily marked. In the case of plastic, the placement of any hot dishes is not recommended, there should always be a pad.
And with so many options, so many conventions!
The choice is not easy at all! There is already a proposal on the market, however, which combines the positive qualities of the above materials and eliminates their disadvantages. This is the Çimstone technical stone, created on the basis of quartz—one of the hardest materials in nature, according to the Italian Breton technology. It combines the beauty of natural stone and the strength of quartz.
Treated with the latest technology, it turns into elegant, wear-resistant and scratch-resistant, hygienic kitchen countertops. They carry the qualities of quartz—shiny and extremely hard.
Quartz has a hardness of 7 Mohs (a scale for measuring the hardness of minerals). This brings it very close to the hardest mineral in nature—diamond, which has a hardness of 10 Mohs.
That is why the Çimstone quartz-based composite stone is not scratched by metal objects and shows high wear resistance even in rooms with intensive use.
Technical quartz stone is not damaged by bending and impact, does not crack easily, nor does it break during cutting and transportation. Quartz is also believed to have healing properties and stimulate brain function, remove negative energy and attract positive energy.
By transferring the energy of quartz into your home, Çimstone retains its beauty and strength for many years. And all you have to do is enjoy the pleasure of preparing delicious food for your loved ones, without thinking about the annoying details of maintaining and preserving your beautiful kitchen!