Simon Boocock, Managing Director for CRL Stone, looks at why sintered stone is becoming such a popular option for floors, walls and worktops; and the options available for installing it for maximum impact.
Highly visible and so often in use, the materials used for surfaces like walls and floors need to be chosen with two things in mind, function and style.
Covering a large expanse, walls, floors and worktops will draw the eye, but they are also likely to be subject to a large amount of wear and tear particularly in high traffic areas like bathrooms and kitchens, so choosing a material based on its aesthetic qualities and durability is important.
Ceralsio offers the best of both worlds, available in a myriad of styles while being a highly functional surface that is ultra-durable and easy to maintain. Meeting the demands of modern design and modern living, sintered stone is an on-trend material choice that is unaffected by the passage of time.
Ceralsio can be used for virtually any surface, from feature and media walls in the living area, to wet room and bathroom cladding and it is also ideal for flooring as well.
The growing popularity of sintered stone is unsurprising, given the many advantages of the material, including:
- Resistance to wear and tear
- Ideal for use indoors and on external projects.
- Stain resistance
- Ceralsio is unaffected by products like solvents, detergents, and bleach, as long as any spillages are cleaned away within 24 hours.
- UV resistance
- A weather-proof solution that makes it suitable for use outdoors too.
- Impact resistance
- Ceralsio has a high resistance to knocks and impacts by everyday objects.
- Resistance to frost and ice
- Its low water absorption rate makes it ideal for outdoor environments where frost and ice is common, making it a popular choice for building facades and patio areas.
- Scratch resistance
- Even in high traffic areas with lots of contact with footwear, Ceralsio will not scratch, even over time.
- Easy to clean and care for
- No extra care or special products are needed to clean it. Stains can be removed with water or mild cleaning products and there is no requirement for sealing.
- Because Ceralsio is a non-porous surface, the build-up of bacteria or mould is prevented, making it an excellent flooring option for environments such as public washrooms in restaurants and bars.
- Bending strength
- Ceralsio can withstand a high weight without bending or becoming deformed, with the entire surface remaining flat.
Another huge benefit of sintered stone, and what is making the material such a popular choice throughout interior design currently, is its versatility. Ceralsio can be chosen to emulate the look of natural materials like stone and timber for example, often not so suitable practically speaking to the kitchen environment, but hugely on-trend. This makes it not only a very practical surface choice for interior and exterior design projects, but also an extremely flexible option that allows for creativity in design.
Available in a range of thicknesses, Ceralsio can be used for many different surfaces, a 6 mm slim profile wall cladding paired with a 12mm floor just one of many possibilities. When chosen in a large format, Ceralsio creates a virtually seam-free finish, reducing unsightly and hard to clean grout lines in the bathroom. In fact, the material can be clad from floor to ceiling with no horizontal joints, making it a popular choice for wet room walls too.
Feature walls have been an on-trend way of creating a visual statement for a while now, particularly in the open-plan kitchen living space and sintered stone is the ideal material choice for this type of installation.
While the thin 6mm profile of the material creates a seamless impression, it’s the wide choice of styles that really ensures it stands out on a media or feature wall and makes the material an excellent alternative to painting or wallpaper.
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