Eco-Friendly Countertop Choices – Ultracompact Surfaces

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When it comes to creating a sustainable and eco-conscious space in your home, choosing the right countertops is essential. Ultracompact surfaces, also known as mineral surfaces or porcelain countertops, offer a sustainable alternative to traditional materials like granite and quartz.

The Tops Environmental Commitment

At Tops Solid Surface, our commitment to environmental consciousness extends to every aspect of our business operations. In 2021, we upgraded our water fabrication system to a more environmentally friendly water pump and filtration system. This significant improvement within our fabrication facility has resulted in a 50% reduction in our monthly water usage. By conserving water resources, we not only contribute to the preservation of finite natural resources but also reduce our carbon footprint and operating costs. We are excited to talk about ultracompact surfaces because they are more environmentally friendly than many other countertop options.

Porcelain is As Natural As It Gets

Porcelain (aka ultracompact) surfaces are made primarily from natural minerals, with clay being the primary component. Clay is a sustainable material with a long history of use, with the first recorded usage of clay dating back to Jomon pottery found in Japan which has been carbon dated back to 14,000 B.C. Porcelain has been around almost as long and examples of porcelain ware items date back to the Tang Dynasty in 618. Additionally, ultracompact surfaces often incorporate recycled materials, further contributing to their eco-friendly profile.

Ultracompact surfaces, supplied by renowned vendors such as Florim, Neolith, Lapitec, and Dekton, offer an environmentally friendly solution for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. These surfaces are primarily made from natural minerals, with clay being the primary component. Clay has been used by humans for countless generations, making it a material with a long history of sustainability. Additionally, these surfaces incorporate recycled materials, further contributing to their eco-conscious profile. By choosing ultracompact surfaces, you opt for a sustainable alternative to traditional materials like granite and quartz

An Ultracompact Porcelain Desk. Ultracompact surfaces come in many varieties but generally are all created using a sintering process like porcelain.
An Ultracompact Porcelain Desk

How Porcelain/Ultracompact Surfaces Are Made

Ultracompact surfaces are made using a process called sintering. Sintering is a process of heating and compressing materials to form a solid mass. The raw materials used to make ultracompact surfaces are typically clay, quartz, feldspar, and pigments.

The manufacturing process begins with the raw materials being mixed together to form a slurry. The slurry is then spread onto a conveyor belt and heated to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat causes the materials to melt and fuse together.

Once the materials have fused together, the conveyor belt passes through a series of rollers that compress the material into a solid slab. The slab is then cooled and cut to size.

The sintering process gives ultracompact surfaces their unique properties. Sintered surfaces are non-porous, making them resistant to stains and bacteria. They are also very hard and durable, making them resistant to scratching and chipping.

The environmental benefits of ultracompact surfaces extend beyond their production. These surfaces are exceptionally durable and long-lasting. Their resistance to scratching, staining, and fading ensures that they maintain their pristine appearance for an extended period. As a result, they don’t require frequent replacement like other surfaces. Not only does this save money in the long run, but it also reduces the environmental impact associated with the continuous production and disposal of new materials.

We take pride in offering a wide range of ultracompact surface products and are can also assist in ordering of these materials. These surfaces not only deliver exceptional aesthetic appeal but also embody sustainable choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops, backsplashes, and more. If you are seeking to create an environmentally friendly space in your home, consider opting for ultracompact surfaces from Tops Solid Surface. Our team of experts is ready to assist you in selecting the perfect material for your project and ensuring a smooth and successful installation.

To learn more about our current porcelain offerings, we invite you to explore our comprehensive range of products. By choosing ultracompact surfaces from Tops Solid Surface, you are making a positive impact on the environment while enjoying the beauty and functionality of these sustainable countertops.

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