NeoLith is a revolutionary compact surface that combines high performance specs, trendy colors, large format and variable thicknesses that will provide solutions for every possible application (counter tops, flooring, bathrooms, paneling, cladding, facades).
NeoLith does not scratch, does not stain, is heat and fire resistant, and, thanks to the extremely low absorption rate of technical porcelain, ideal for food contact and processing.
Quartz slabs are manufactured using a vibro-compaction vacuum process where crushed quartz, polyester resin, and pigments are pressed into non-porous slabs, and then cured to 200° Fahrenheit. This low temperature curing creates a finished material that’s susceptible to damaged by hot pans. Also because of the resin, quartz surfaces are also susceptible to UV light resulting in color fading or damage from household chemicals like acetone based nail polish remover.
NeoLith is greatly evolved beyond quartz surfaces and is highly resistant in the areas of: UV light, staining, and heat. NeoLith is made of 100% all natural materials and is cured at 2191° Fahrenheit and compressed at 5900 pounds per square inch, creating a heat proof surface with near zero water absorption and completely resistance to chemicals and UV fading.Natural Granite
The main concerns with regards to granite surfaces is its tendency to be stained and easily cracked, and there are usually no warranties against staining or cracking.
NeoLith Ultra Compact Surfaces improves on all of the concerns over natural granite surfaces because it is cured at 2191° Fahrenheit and compressed at 5900 pounds per square inch, creating a heat proof surface with near zero water absorption.Porcelain
Porcelain has been used for thousands of years. Made by heating clay in the form of kaolin to temperatures of 2552° Fahrenheit. Porcelain is used to make many products from pottery and tiles, to toilets. However, the porcelain that is made into large slabs for counter tops is different from true ultra compact surfaces like Neolith. Porcelain slabs only comes in very thin sheets and the coloration is only on the surface like a decal or print resulting in a higher tendency to show scratched and wear.
NeoLith uses their Full Body pigmentation process. The color and the design are integrated into the raw materials used to manufacture the slabs. This means the pigments used to color the slab are not just a coating that can be scratched or worn off the surface, but is use though the whole body. Just check out a cross section of the Neolith Full Body samples and you’ll see the color goes all the way through the material.Solid Surface Materials
Solid surface materials like the brand Corian®, were invented to improve on some of the drawbacks to natural stone. The idea is to have a seamless non-porous counter-top, but the result ended up with a material that’s more like plastic than stone. Because of this, solid surface materials have almost no resistance to heat, scratching, and staining from chemicals.Marble
Marble is very fragile and extremely porous surface material so it cracks, scratches and stains very easily.Laminate
Laminate counter tops (aka.Formica® counter tops) are constructed of a thin layer of hard colored plastic glued to solid wood or particle board substrate. While these counter tops are surprisingly durable, they share a similar plastic look as the solid surfaces. However, they are the only inexpensive alternative to stone counter tops.
A fabricator is the person who is going to cut and finish your Neolith slab for your new counter tops. When designing and purchasing counter tops the most important relationship you have is with the fabricator. There are many variables associated with measuring, fabricating, and installing counter tops, so a good and trusted fabricator is vital to a project being completed well.
Ultra compact surfaces are very durable and therefore require specialized skills and tools to fabricate. Only choose a fabricator that is certified by the manufacturer. We can connect you with a certified and qualified fabricator if you do not already have one lined up. Typically a small fabricator who installs granite or other softer surfaces is not qualified to fabricate or install Neolith ultra compact surfaces and in the end you will not be satisfied with the fabrication and installation you receive.
There are many things to consider when your planning your new counter tops. This short list is by no means a complete list as every project will have its own set of variables to consider during the measurement and templating of the job. Many items are taken care of through your fabricator, but if this is a DO-IT-YOURSELF project, here are some of the main items to consider:Sinks
If you are planning on having a sink installed within your new Neolith counter top, you’ll need to know the cutout dimensions and type of sink (i.e. integrated, top mount, under mount, or vessel).Faucet Holes
You will need to determine how many you’ll need, location, and size for each faucet hole cutout.Overhangs
Overhangs add more counter top space and style to your new counters. Depending on your personal preferences your designer or fabricator will assist you in determining the right overhang for your space.Seams
If you have an extra long or a shaped counter top like a L Shape or U Shape, there will be the need for seams where two NeoLith slabs will butt up against each other. Decisions on the best location for seams will need to be made.Edges
There are several edges that can be incorporated into your new counter tops. It is important to understand the differences and the cost associated with each type. You design consultant or fabricator will be able to assist you with the best options for your space.