Sintered stone countertops are becoming increasingly popular in kitchen design. With its unique properties, sintered stone offers a durable, heat-resistant surface that is easy to clean and long-lasting. But what exactly is sintered stone and how does it compare to other countertop options?
Sintered Stone Countertops Pros and Cons
Sintered stone countertops offer a number of benefits that make them a great choice for any kitchen. Here are some of the pros of sintered stone countertops:
- Resistant to fire and high temperatures: Sintered stone is a great choice for busy kitchens inside and outside, fireplace mantels, or anything where high temperatures are involved.
- Stain-resistant: The unique process of sintering creates a surface that is waterproof with near zero absorption.
- Durable: Sintered stone is highly durable making it resistant to scratches and wear.
- Easy to Maintain: Since sintered stone is non-porous, it is ultra hygienic and easy to clean.
- UV Resistant: Sintered stone is great for outdoor applications because it is fade resistant to UV radiation exposure.
- Light Weight: Sintered stone is thinner than other stone products making it less heavy and easier for fabricators to install for a wider variety of applications.
- Natural Stone Look: Sintered stone can achieve the same look as natural stone because it is made using advanced technology that copies the processes that form natural stone and applies it to the surface of sintered stone.
While there are not many cons to sintered stone countertops, here are a few things to take into consideration:
- Lacking Technologies: Sintered stone does not offer full body veining right now, but there have been advancements towards achieving the full body natural stone look.
- Edging Options: Sintered stone offers fewer edging options than natural stone because the full body veining is not yet available.
- Limited Education: Sintered stone is a newer product to the market therefore not all fabricators may be educated in best practices of sintered stone installation.
The Granite Place is committed to educating our community and is continually working with fabricators on best practices.
Sintered Stone Countertop Colors and Styles
Sintered stone countertops are available in a variety of colors and styles, making it easy to find one that fits your kitchen, bath or any other room. From classic stone look to bold, modern designs, sintered stone has something for everyone.
Sintered stone countertops come in a variety of colors and textures. Sintered stone features intricate patterns and a variety of colors that add a unique touch to any home or office. You can find the popular white, cream, gray, or tan-based options with simple and stylish patterns, or bolder colors and patterns.
Even more enticing to homeowners is that sintered stone closely resembles natural stone. As an example, sintered stone Calacatta replicates the actual marble version of Calacatta. From stone that exudes beauty and simplicity to luxury and elegance, TGP (The Granite Place) is ready to guide you in creating spaces in your home with sintered stone slabs that meet your functional needs and individual style.
Sintered Stone Uses
Sintered stone is a versatile material that can be used for many applications. It is often used for kitchen countertops, indoor fireplaces, bathroom vanity tops, backsplashes, and shower walls. It can also be used to create furniture, such as tables and chairs.
Sintered stone is also becoming increasingly popular for outdoor applications and areas with high heat. Because sintered stone is UV resistant and is fade resistant to UV exposure, it is perfect for patios, fire pits, and outdoor kitchen countertops. Its resistance to fire and high temperatures makes it a great choice for fireplace mantels, in a heavily used kitchen, or even as a stovetop to cook directly on the stone.
What’s the Difference between Sintered Stone and Porcelain?
Sintered stone is an engineered stone, but with a slightly different manufacturing process than porcelain. It is made from natural, recyclable ingredients, such as sand, clay and quartz, and created through a process involving intense heat and pressure that bonds the elements to create a strong and sturdy product.
Porcelain is also an engineered stone made from mixing natural clay with other minerals that are heated to high temperatures. The heating process makes porcelain both highly durable and resistant to heat. Porcelain stone creates versatile colors and patterns that provide unique styles for both indoor and outdoor projects that are UV resistant and will not warp when used in outdoor kitchens.
If you’re looking for sintered stone slabs for countertops in Florida, TGP (The Granite Place) has a location near you.
- Looking for sintered stone countertops near Orlando? TGP Orlando serves Central Florida, the Space Coast, including Melbourne, Daytona, and Jacksonville. Call (407) 307-3349 for more information on TGP Orlando.
- For sintered stone countertops in the Tampa and St Pete areas, TGP Pinellas Park serves the Greater Tampa Bay area, including but not limited to Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. Call (727) 827-7216 for more information on TGP Pinellas Park.
- For sintered stone countertops around Sarasota: TGP Sarasota serves the mid Southwest Florida area. Call (941) 360-8901 for more information on TGP Sarasota.
- And if you’re looking for sintered stone countertops in the Fort Myers area, TGP Fort Myers serves South Florida from North Port and Fort Myers to Naples. Call (239) 299-7469 for more information on TGP Fort Myers.