Today Tamera writes:
I’ve been reading up on some of your articles on engineered stone countertops for kitchen remodels. Seems that there are certainly some advantages over going with granite. But I want to know if there is a way to get an engineered stone countertop without having to automatically go with quartz? Using Quartz on a countertop is great, but isn’t there something else that might help me set my countertop apart from the from the neighbors a bit? Help!
Well Tamera there is indeed one option that popped into my head that I think with have many of the same benefits of going with a quartz countertop, but also will definitely set you apart from what the neighbors are using as well. What am I talking about specifically? I am referring to the idea of using enameled lava stone countertops in your kitchen. Assuming you are planning on finding floors and cabinets to match whatever countertop option you go with, I think you’ll find that going with a natural stone countertop like the kind you can get with lava stone will provide you with a fantastic palette from which to theme the rest of your kitchen.
More About Enameled Lava Stone Countertops
Based on what I have read, France is the biggest producer of this type of countertop surface. There is also the factor of expense, as enameled lava stone countertops can be pretty pricey in contrast to other natural stone type products available out there. And then finally, there is the little matter of the glossy finish. Yes, the surface is going to be really shiny. So this may or may not be the best option for your natural stone countertop.
As for the durability of the enameled lava stone countertop, I believe that most people will find them on par with the best of the engineered stone countertops out there on the market today. Heat and stain resistant, it has been said that enameled lava stone countertops can also be used successfully in outside environments as well should the need for an outside cooking space ever come up in the future.
If you’re interested in buying one of these types of countertops, you will find out how from the Pyrolave website in France. Again, pricey yes. But oh my it’s so gorgeous to own one of these countertops!
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