There are five kinds of kitchen countertop materials on the market, they are quartz stone, artificial stone, natural stone, refractory slab and honeycomb aluminum plate. They have different pros and cons. knowing the characteristics of each material can help you have satisfied kitchen design.
Quartz countertop is made of cullet and silica sand. The advantage of quartz stone is wear resistant, scratch resistant and high temperature resistant. It can be used as material for flooring, kitchen and bathroom countertop in large area. It is durable in use and can realize seamless joint.
Pros of quartz countertop:
Scratch resistant: the quartz content of quartz stone reaches 94%. Quartz crystal is the natural mineral with rigidity comes second to diamond. The surface rigidity reaches Moh’s hardness 7.5. This can avoid scratching by kitchen stools.
Fouling resistant: quartz stone is compact and imporous composite made in the condition of vacuum. It has perfect erosion proof performance of acid and alkali in kitchen. The liquid substance will not permeate into it. The retentate on its surface can be dealt by blade.
Wear resistant: the surface of quartz stone is dealt by more than 30 polished finishtreatment process. This make it will not be scratched by knife and spade, permeated by liquid substance and will not fade. Water is enough for daily cleaning. The quartz countertop can maintain the same look as new even after long term use. No maintenance is needed.
Fire resistant: natural quartz crystal is typical fire proof material. Its melting point reaches 1300 degree. 94% of quartz stone made by natural quartz is completely resistant to fire. It has better high temperature performance than other countertop materials. It will not burn for contacting high temperature.
Non-poisonous and nonradioactive: the smooth quartz stone surface can prevent the growth of germs. It is safe enough to contact with food directly. High quality quartz is made by natural quartz crystal mineral. The Sio2 content of it is more than 99.9%. It is processed by removing impurities and refinement during manufacturing operation. 94% quartz crystal and resin additive make quartz stone free of radiation pollution.
The con of quartz stone:
As the stiffness of quartz countertop, it is difficult to shape and process.
Artificial Stone Countertop
Artificial stone is popular in the countertop material market. There are seamless artificial countertop and seamed artificial countertop. Seamless artificial countertop is the most popular countertop material in kitchen cabinet.
The pros of artificial countertop:: artificial countertop has better performance in wear resistant, acid proof, high temperature resistant, antishock, crush resistance, fracture resistance and permeation resistant. Its fouling resistance is good for there is no interstice on its surface, gungo and water cannot permeate into it. It can have seamless joint in any length.
The con of artificial stone is that it is expansive.
Natural Stone Countertop
Granite and marble are the traditional natural stonematerials for kitchen countertop.The length of natural stone is limited. Natural stone countertop is consisting of many pieces. This may lead to the growing of germs in the joint. As the density of natural stone is large, it needs solid cabinet to support it. Although it has good performance in stiffness, it has poor flexibility. The crack is difficult to fix. Some invisible natural crack may burst out when it contact high temperature. Natural stone is formed by thousands years of weathering. Some may haveradioaction and release poisonous gas. This does not satisfy environmental friendly requirement. It must be processed by special technology. Therefore,radiation test is necessary when shopping natural stone countertop.
Refractory Slab Countertop
Refractory slab is also called fire proof board. The main feature of it is fire proof. The veneering of refractory slab that use as countertop is processed by surface pressure, warming and bonding.
The pro of fire proof board:it is featured with diversified colour selection; wear resistant; scratch resistant and high temperatureresistant.
The con of fire proof plate:the countertop is easy to be eroded by water and moisture. Improper maintenance may lead to degumming, deformation and substrate expansion.
Honeycomb Aluminum Plate Countertop
Honeycomb aluminum plate is compounded by high temperature and pressure process of high quality alloy honeycomb aluminum foil, alloy plate and avionics adhesive. It is featured with light material, good stiffness, high flatness, antiflaming, heat preservation, thermal insulation, Shockproof, moisture-proof, chemical corrosion prevention, weatherability, antifouling washable, low cost, good decorative and good workability.