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Backlit Tile Kit Offers Glass Tile, Translucent Surface Backlighting System

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Backlit Tile Kit Offers Glass Tile, Translucent Surface Backlighting System

Posted on 28 March 2016 by cradmin

Backlit tile kitBacklit Tile Kit provides a patented removable system to backlight glass tile or translucent surfaces. The kits can be used with virtually any tile and are designed for easy installation. They include multi-color LED lights that can form up to 16 million colors, and can be controlled via Bluetooth technology from a smartphone or tablet. Kits come in multiple sizes to fit different tiles. Available heights include 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12 in. Lengths are 5-, 10- or 15-ft., and can be easily cut to fit any installation, according to the company.

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

Posted on 04 November 2015 by cradmin

integra surface bonder adhesiveIntegra Adhesives launched Surface Bonder ULTRA, a new adhesive made for an wide range of surfaces and applications. The adhesive works in extreme weather conditions, indoor and outdoor and has a high UV resistance, so colors will not fade in the sun. Surface Bonder ULTRA can be fabricated to provide a honed, gloss or textured finish during cure helping to create invisible seams on any surface. With more than 4,000PSI bond strength, it will bond to multiple surfaces, including quartz natural stone, ceramic, ultra-compact materials and glass. And it won’t stain or yellow and so is ideal for white material.

Offered pre-colored in a 215ml 2:1 cartridges or as a tintable clear adhesive in a quart can, Surface Bonder Ultra is the newest addition to Integra’s line of adhesives and accessories. Color charts can be downloaded from the company’s website or app.

Visit Integra Adhesives at www.integra-adhesives.com/products/surface-bonder-ultra/ for more details.

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Tesselle Offers 3 Silicrete Concrete and Recycled Glass Tile Designs

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Tesselle Offers 3 Silicrete Concrete and Recycled Glass Tile Designs

Posted on 05 June 2015 by cradmin

tesselle Facets concrete  recylced glass tileSilacrete tiles from Tesselle, made from 50 percent recycled glass and 50 percent concrete, are available now in a variety of finishes, including printed designs, photorealistic, murals, custom designs and solid colors. They are suitable for indoor applications, such as countertops, backsplashes, floors or walls, and outdoors on walls. The Digitally printed versions allow brilliant designs with an unlimited number of colors, perfect registration and thin grout lines. Made from an engineered concrete composite that contains cement, glass and polymer, the tiles are 1/4-in. thick, and come in sizes up to 18 by 24 in. They can be used to imitate many ceramic techniques. or create photo realistic designs, effects and murals.
Other features include

  • Made in the United States
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds per sq. ft.
  • Abrasion Resistance (ASTM D4060 – S42 paper, 500 gm load, 1,500 cycles): 60 – 70 milligram loss
  • Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF Acutest): Greater than .42 wet for floor tile
  • Water Absorption Body (ASTM C373): 3.17% Semi-vitreous | Water Absorption Surface: 0%
  • Thermal Shock Resistance (ASTM C484): No visual defects
  • Color Uniformity (ASTM C609): V2 to V3
  • Flammability (ASTM E84): Class A

Three specific patterns are readily available: Facets, Matrisse and Theri.  Facets (shown here) is a printed tile pattern that forms a non-repeating pattern with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of 3 tile patterns that are printed on Silacrete. Each Facets tile is 6 in. Matrisse is a 2-tile pattern, printed with a photographic technique, which forms a design that features traditional tile influences and the illusion of illumination, with a modern twist. Each Matrisse tile is 12-in. square and are available in Mist, Flaxen and Sea designs. Theri is a printed pattern that forms a non-repeating design with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of four tile patterns that are laid out in random order. Each Theri tile is 12 in. square and at least a half a dozen colors in this pattern are available.

You may also be interested in this article about KB Express’ pre-made tile backsplash system.

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Is the Granite Countertop Boom at an End?

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Is the Granite Countertop Boom at an End?

Posted on 17 November 2014 by cradmin

While both fabricators and contractors are still reporting robust sales of granite countertops, several media outlets say that granite may be on the way out. While I am not certainly not sold on this prediction, if true, it could mean declines in sales for fabricators dealing solely or primarily in granite, but those who offer a variety of countertop materials may simply see a shuffle in the origin of their revenue.

Benefits of Granite

One article published in News & Observer, Living Space: Are granite counters on the way out? is quick to point out that nearly everyone who already owns granite countertops love them because they are durable and visually appealing, but hold some reservations because they require some degree of maintenance. Another reason why people choose granite according to the article is that it is a natural product made of natural minerals instead of a material developed in a laboratory.

Another article that has an identical name but was published by HowStuffWorks also begins with a section on the benefits of granite. According to this article, granite is more durable, heat resistant and scratch resistant than many of its counterparts, but sales have been declining because of a limited color selection and price. Today, however, granite countertops can be found in a wide variety of unique colors and patterns.

Finally, the price of granite has fallen substantially over the past two decades. While high-quality granite and installation may still carry a high price tag, entry-level granite is now available at prices that allow nearly any homeowner to enter the market.

Is Something Driving People Away From Granite?

The 2012 Kitchen & Bath Style Report published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association states that granite use in kitchens dropped to 87 percent from 91 percent in 2011, but it held steady at 87 percent in the 2013 report. Another survey conducted by The Marble Institute found that 75 percent of homeowners intending to remodel their kitchens in 2012 were planning on installing granite countertops.

These surveys show that granite remains a popular choice, and very little new data shows any sign of a downturn, yet the Huffington Post Home Advisor states that designers are dropping natural stone in favor of six other materials that are less expensive, not as heavy and have greater color variety. In this piece, the author harshly urges homeowners not to “waste your kitchen remodel investment on this fading material.”

In the same vein, Today Home claims that “granite is great,” but provides a list of “eight kitchen counter options to make you forget granite.”

Alternatives to Granite

Several alternatives have been named as rising stars and are reportedly filling the gap left in the alleged decline of granite countertops. Following are few of the most popular and the reasons claimed as to why they may be moving up in the countertop market:

Quartz

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Quartz has become granite’s top rival and has been growing dramatically. It is available in a variety of colors and patterns, and it doesn’t need to be sealed or treated.

Solid Surface

Solid surface does an excellent job of mimicking natural stone and has many other color options, and in many cases it requires less maintenance than granite. It can also be less expensive than higher-end granites.

Marble

Even though marble is gaining in popularity and is very attractive, it is not resistant to staining and scratching like granite is.

Soapstone

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Soapstone is available in a limited range of colors and may become easily scratched or nicked by sharp objects, but it is stain and heat resistant.

Butcher Block

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Walnut, maple, bamboo, oak and cherry butcher block countertops are growing in popularity because they are seen by many as a green, recyclable alternative to granite.

Glass

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Glass can resist high temperatures without scorching, does not stain and it is 100 percent non-porous. Glass countertops are increasingly becoming viewed as a versatile alternative.

Concrete

New innovations in concrete manufacturing and fabrication are making this material more popular for kitchen countertops each year.

Waiting for the Results

The latest results on where granite stands after the 2014 calendar year have yet to be gathered, but if the media reports show even a sliver of truth, then granite countertop sales may have fallen. However, I’m not sure if  I would place any wagers on that at this point. I believe the jury is still out. Either way, it will be interesting to see whether granite can maintain its lead in the industry or if quartz and other surfacing materials will make gains on its top position. 

I’d love to hear from some of you as to whether you have seen any decline in granite sales and/or migration to other products, or if you believe it is all hype. Post a reply in the comment section below or email us at info@countertopresource.com.

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Coverings ETC’s ‘Topaz Blue’ Bio-Glass Wins German Design Award

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Coverings ETC’s ‘Topaz Blue’ Bio-Glass Wins German Design Award

Posted on 24 February 2014 by cradmin

topaz blue bio-glassThe Topaz Blue color of Bio-Glass, designed by Ofer Mizrahi and manufactured by Coverings ETC, was named the Interior Innovation Award Winner, the prestigious international design award of the German Design Council. Topaz Blue, is the latest color of Bio-Glass, which is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled glass with no colorants, epoxies or resins added. With the addition of the new Topaz Blue, the material is now available in six colors, including White Diamond, Oriental Jade, Fossil Amber, Malachite and Emerald Forest. The stain-proof and scratch-resistant material is suitable for countertops, backsplashes, vanities and more and is available in 3/4-in sheets measuring 110 by 49 in. As the award winner, Bio-Glass will be included as a contender in the Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2014.

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New Cosentino Dekton Product Makes U.S. Debut

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New Cosentino Dekton Product Makes U.S. Debut

Posted on 21 October 2013 by cradmin

Cosentino Dekton NaoneCosentino has been focusing much of its recent efforts on its roll out of the new Dekton surfacing product. The product, has been the buzz of the hard surfaces industry since a sneak peak was given of the product at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) earlier this year. According to the company, it is the most significant new product launch for Cosentino in over a decade, representing more than 22,000 hours of research and development and investment of $172 million. The product is made from a blend of raw materials used in the production of refined glass, porcelain, and quartz, and uses a new proprietary process deemed “Particle Sintering Technology” (PST), which the company describes as an accelerated version of the metamorphic rock formation process that occurs in nature, where rock is subjected to intense heat and pressure over thousands of years. To manufacture Dekton, Cosentino has reduced this process to four hours with extreme heat and pressure. The result is an ultra-compact surface with UV resistance, high strength and performance, high resistance to impact, scratches and abrasion and very low water absorption. It also provides thermal shock resistance against heat, frost and thawing. These properties make it suitable for interior countertop and flooring applications as well as exterior applications in virtually any climate.

At a recent press event and exhibition opening at the New York Center for Architecture, Cosentino announced the global launch of its new Dekton surfacing product, as well as the construction of a state-of-the-art factory at the company’s manufacturing headquarters in Spain. It will reportedly be offered in 56- by 126-in. slabs, in thicknesses from 1.2- to 3-cm, and in several finishes, and will be available in the United States in December. Dekton is being manufactured in three collections containing 14 different colors total. The Solids collection includes three lighter colors, Halo, Zenith, Ariane, and four darker colors, Spectra, Sirius, Domoos and Ananke. The Natural Collection includes four colors that feature subtle swirls and veining, Danae, Sirocco, Aura and Naone (pictured here). The Tech Collection, which has an industrial look of browns and grays, includes the colors Kadum, Keranium and Strato.

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Amazing and Unique Countertop Projects

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Amazing and Unique Countertop Projects

Posted on 18 October 2013 by cradmin

We ran across this video of some amazing work done by Gene McDonald, of Refresh Interiors, located in Florida. The work is very unique and is truly “art.” Using a variety of techniques, such as various edge treatments, inlays, thermoforming, layering, backlighting, unusual shapes and more, the company truly gives its customers one-of-a-kind creations, personalized just for them.

Another thing you will note when you watch this video is that the company uses a variety of materials including stone, quartz, solid surface, glass, recycled glass, paper-based composites, bamboo, metals, concrete, semi-precious stones and even a material that glows in the dark.

This is just one of many videos showcasing the talent at Refresh Interiors, but you should get the picture by viewing it. And while we may not be the biggest fans of the music choice on the video, we here at CountertopResource.com are certainly fans of the work…

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Nano-Crystallized Glass: What Are Your Thoughts?

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Nano-Crystallized Glass: What Are Your Thoughts?

Posted on 29 July 2013 by CRadmin2

We recently received an email, here at CountertopResource.com, asking for information on a relatively new surfacing product. This product is commonly referred to as nano-crystallized glass, but it is also known as nano-crystal stone or nonporous marmoglass. After checking the usual sources, we found little readily available information on it, so we decided to do some additional research and see what we could find. Here is what we came up with:

Most nano-crystallized glass is manufactured in China and imported into the United States, but a few American companies feature branded versions, such as Glassos® from CCS Stone Inc. This material is said to be easily cut and tooled with the same techniques and equipment that is used for stone, but some firsthand accounts state it presents a few unique difficulties.

Features of Nano-Crystallized Glass

Nano-cystallized glass is suitable for use as a countertop material, but it can also be used for walls, floors, windowsills, sinks and tabletops.

Much like ordinary glass, it is made of natural materials, and it is chemically inert. Additional features of nano-crystallized glass are as follows:

  • Scratch and stain resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Hard and durable
  • Nonporous
  • Recyclable

Nano-crystallized glass is much harder than ordinary glass or even standard crystallized glass. On the Mohs scale, it scores from 6.0 to 7.0, and it has a compression strength rating of 400 MPa, a flexural strength rating of 82 MPa and a rupture strength rating of 35 MPa.

Additionally, nano-crystallized glass has a water absorption rate of 0.004 percent to 0.02 percent, and it is totally radiation free. As expected, the material also has a DIN 4102 flammability rating of A1.

Consumers have stated that nano-crystallized glass is a preferred surfacing material because of its nearly pure white color, which is a natural byproduct of its manufacturing process. It is also quickly becoming known as an excellent substitute for white marble.

Fabrication of Nano-Crystallized Glass

Nano-crystallized glass is manufactured from a blend of natural materials that is 75 percent silica and 25 percent other natural minerals. The mixture is poured into a mold to form either a slab or a tile, and it is heated to a temperature ranging from 1,550 degrees Celsius to 1,800 degrees C. for 24 to 26 hours. The high temperatures and the length of time align the molecules of the glass on a nanoscopic scale, which it retains upon cooling and hardening.

Slabs of nano-crystallized glass are commonly available in sizes of 12 ft. by 12 ft., 16 by 16 ft. and 18 by 18 ft. with thicknesses of 3/8 in. or 1/2 in. Tiles are usually made to 24 in. by 24. in. by 3/4 in. Most slabs and tiles are polished by default, but they can be given a CNC satin finish. In addition, the material can be convexly or concavely manufactured for basins and other custom designs.

The cutting of nano-crystallized glass is usually accomplished with continuous blade saws, but it can also be honed, chiseled or sandblasted. The edges can be ground to a bullnose or chamfered. Remnants are 100 percent recyclable.

Installation of nano-crystallized glass is a simple process. The material does not need to be sealed, but a sealer may be added for additional protection. The slab or tiles are most commonly glued to a substrate with a clear resin product, such as Tenax Glaxs BM75, which is engineered specifically for glass and does not discolor from exposure to UV light.

Experiences With Nano-Crystallized Glass

Although the above description makes nano-crystallized glass seem like a wonder-material for countertops, we at CountertopResource.com have heard a few complaints about it being difficult to work with. We have heard that standard CNC tools and continuous blade saws pose some problems, and that hand tools that work well with it are hard to locate.

We know that diamond disc saw blades are manufactured specifically for

cutting nano-crystallized glass slabs, and CCS Stone Inc. offers a full line of tools and supplies for its Glassos brand products, but we wanted to know your take on the subject.

Have you had any experience with working with nano-glass? If so, whatbenefits or complaints do you have about this material? Let us know by email at info@countertopresource.com or simply post a reply to this article right on the website.

You may also be interested in this video on tooling and fabrication of nano-crystallized glass.

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

Posted on 18 June 2013 by cradmin

glassrecycledmdGlass Recycled offers its Galaxy Collection line of surfacing material, designed to cater to multi-use development properties. The company’s boutique quality recycled glass surface is available for large scale multi-unit properties at near granite prices. The material features 100 percent recycled clear glass and porcelain particulate.

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Modono Glass Launches New Sink Line

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Modono Glass Launches New Sink Line

Posted on 08 January 2013 by cradmin

Modono glass sink for installation in countertops and vanities - Rovato modelModono Glass has a new collection of “Modono” glass sinks. Using a proprietary dichroic (color changing) thin-film coating process to create distinctive colors and shades, the new sinks are vibrant and come in several shapes. They can be installed as vessels, 3/4 recessed or as undermounts.

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