Choosing a countertop material for your kitchen, bath, or outdoor spaces is extremely difficult. You must research the individual types of countertop materials and carefully consider the pros and cons of each countertop material. Marble, granite, and quartz countertops have been a favorite among homeowners for several years; however, there is a new countertop that should be considered – Nano Stone. Nano Stone provides the beauty of natural stone countertops without the maintenance of natural stone countertops.
Unlike natural stone countertop surfaces that are formed within the earth for millions of years and then quarried, cut, and polished into countertops, Nano Stone is created in a manufacturing facility in just a few days rather than a few million years.
Nano Stone countertops are created in the factory. A mixture of around seventy five percent silica and twenty five percent of other natural materials like marble dust. Then, the mix is poured into a mold that will be used to form a countertop slab. The slab is then heated to 1500 to 1800 degrees Celsius for around 24 hours. The high temperatures cause the material to merge together on a nanoscopic level. When the amalgamation is allowed to cool, it becomes extremely hard and durable.
After the Nano Stone has cooled, it is polished using a CNC machine. The machine buffs the surface to create a lustrous satin finish. The countertop can be manufactured concavely or convexly. Furthermore, basins can be created on the countertop surface.
Nano Stone countertops are available in 12 foot by 12 foot, 16 foot by 16 foot, and 18 foot by 18 foot slabs. These slabs are available in two thicknesses either three eights of an inch thick or one half of an inch thick. Because of the large sizes available, long runs of Nano Stone countertops are possible.
Nano Stone countertops have many advantages. This gorgeous stone countertop can be used as a kitchen countertop, bathroom countertop, outdoor kitchens, flooring, and much more. Let's take a look at the advantages that Nano Stone countertops offer.
Nano Stone is created with a combination of ground silica, marble, and other natural stones. The countertops are harder than glass. The technology used to create Nano Stone countertops creates countertops that are 30 percent stronger than natural marble or granite.
Nano Stone is virtually maintenance-free. Unlike natural stone countertops that must be sealed regularly, Nano Stone countertops do not require any routine sealing.
Nano Stone is a nonporous material with a water absorbency of almost zero. Nano Stone countertops will not absorb any type of liquid or oil, which means these countertops are stain-resistant.
Nano Stone countertops are resistant to both alkaline and acid materials, making them totally resistant to corrosion or degradation.
Nano Stone countertops are heated to more than 1500 degrees Celsius, this means that hot pots and pans can be set on the countertop surface without causing any damage.
Unlike natural stone countertops, Nano Stone countertops are nonporous. Because they are nonporous, germs, bacteria, fungi, and other microbes cannot enter the countertop surface.
Nano Stone is made from natural materials, making it an environmentally friendly countertop material. Additionally, Nano Stone is totally recyclable.
This is one of the few countertop surfaces that is available in pure white. In addition to this, Nano Stone countertops can be created in a variety of colors.
Nano Stone countertops can be fabricated with a variety of edge profiles.
This chemically inert nano crystallized surface is extremely strong with a Mohs scale rating of 6.0 to 7.0. This durable countertop is scratch-resistant; however,
Nano Stone countertops have very few disadvantages; however, there are a few things you should be aware of before deciding on Nano Stone countertops.
The installation of Nano Stone countertops is quite difficult. Due to its strength and chemical makeup, it can be prone to breakage; therefore, installation should only be done by a countertop professional. Nano Stone countertops are not a do-it-yourself countertop.
The solid surface of the countertop makes it virtually impossible to trim, which means this is not a do-it-yourself project.
The price of Nano Stone countertops varies in price, depending on the manufacturer, color, and size of the countertop. On average, you can expect to spend about $58 per square foot for the Nano Stone countertops, excluding installation costs.
When shopping for countertops, you may want to compare them to other types of countertops to determine which is the best choice for you. Let's take a look at the differences, and which countertop is best.
Granite is a natural stone countertop that requires routine maintenance and sealing to reduce the risk of staining. Nano Stone is made using silica and other natural stone substances that are heated to create a virtually nonporous, durable countertop that requires no maintenance.
Nano Stone is a solid countertop surface that can be created to be pure white or colored in almost any color combination imaginable. Because this is a manmade countertop it can be duplicated during the manufacturing process. Depending on the chemical makeup, granite can be a variety of colors. It can have flecks, specks, and veining across the slab. Because granite is a natural stone, no two slabs of granite are exactly alike.
Both Nano Stone and Granite are made up of naturally occurring chemicals; however, the chemical makeup is very different. Nano Stone is heated until a glasslike surface is created. This surface does not need to be sealed. Because granite is a naturally occurring stone, the surface has microscopic pits and cracks that must be sealed. Routine sealing must occur every six months to a year.
Nano Stone countertops are very easy to take care of and require no routine maintenance. Wipe the countertops down using a mild dish detergent and water. Because of the glass like surface, a solution of white vinegar and water can also be used. Buff the surface dry with a soft, dry cloth.
If any spills occur and dry on the countertop, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub it into the spill using a sponge. Rinse the countertop with cool water and dry with a soft cloth.
Although Nano Stone is a new countertop surface, homeowners around the world have embraced this material. The countertop surface is nonporous, durable, and will withstand the test of time. If you decide to change out your countertops in the future, Nano Stone countertops can be recycled, making them the perfect environmentally friendly countertop option. Finally, Nano Stone countertops are available in a wide range of colors and can be used both indoors and outdoors.