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Ceramic worktops are on the rise. Not so suprising, because ceramics have extremely practical properties and the growing range responds cleverly to current trends. Our collection of ceramic currently contains, for example, a number of materials that beautifully imitate the appearance of rusted steel, marble and concrete.

 

What is ceramic?

Ceramic is an industrially manufactured product, made from clay fired at extremely high temperatures. Ceramic worktop materials are the result of advanced development, applying technology used in the tile industry but in dimensions that can be used for custom-made worktops.

Ceramic is fine-grained in structure and generally speaking has a very constant colour. However, as it is made from natural raw materials, colour and structural variations, e.g. compared to samples, can never be ruled out.

 

Ceramic in everyday use

Ceramic is available only in a satin (matt, brushed) finish. Yet another reason for the increasing popularity of this material is that ceramic combines a beautiful, natural look and feel with exceptionally practical properties, and is very hygienic. Although the characteristics vary slightly depending on the colour, in general, ceramic has excellent scratch and heat resistance. So you can safely put your hot pan on the work surface.
The stain resistance of ceramic is also excellent. And should a persistent stain occur, it is usually easy to remove with proper maintenance. In comparison to granite and quartz, ceramic is susceptible to damage from impact or point loads. Care should therefore be taken with pointed and/or heavy objects that could drop onto the surface.

 

Specific material characteristics

The production process and the natural ingredients of ceramic can cause small irregularities in the surface (especially visible under raking light) and ‘high contrast contaminations’ (e.g. dark spots in a light material). These characteristics do not impair the quality of the material.

 

Want to know more about the characteristics of ceramic and how this product relates to other materials? Then view our special page about material properties.