Compact Surface Countertops are fairly new in the world of interior design. They are made of a combination of glass, porcelain, and quartz material that’s put through a unique process called Sinterized Particle Tech. This process basically involves exposing the mix of raw elements under high temperatures and extreme pressure. The resulting material is very durable and long-lasting.
If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to natural stone, compact surface countertops can be a great option. They’re not considered to be as premium as natural stone, but they’re definitely a step above other options like laminate, wood, or tile.
The Durability of Compact Surface Countertops
This material can hold up to almost anything you throw at it. Slice, dice, and whack away. It’s also non-porous so you don’t have to worry about staining and you don’t have to reseal it every year. It’s also quite heat resistant. The extreme temperatures used the manufacture this stone alternative means that it’s literally made to stand up to a hot kitchen. We still don’t recommend trying to set it on fire or anything, but you don’t have to worry about the occasional hot pan causing problems.
What about the look?
Manufactured surfaces like this have a unique advantage when it comes to design. They can make slabs of nearly any shape or size. Want a huge island, but don’t want to worry about where the seams in the slabs will go? A compact surface is for you. It’s also great for shower surrounds and full-height backsplashes. It also comes in a variety of earthy, metallic, and neutral designs. You can get solid colors, grainy patterns, or veining that’s reminiscent of marble. There’s a lot to play around with.
The main downside to choosing compact surface countertops is that there’s some limited availability. It’s also a bit heavier than some other stone alternatives. However, this is something that your fabricator should already be mindful of. Engineered stone will never replace the beauty of the real thing, but it definitely has a place in modern design. If you’re interested in using compact surfaces in your next project give us a call to learn more.