When designing a home or commercial space, choosing the right surface materials is essential. You have to consider how often you’ll use the surface, how much time you have to care for it, and if it’s the right weight and durability for your lifestyle.
It’s also vital to look beyond stone and tile: two of the most common surface materials, which can be easily scratched, are impacted by external influences and aren’t always the most hygienic material.
During the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, House Tipster host and president of Arch-Interiors Design Group Christopher Grubb met with Travis Conrad of Neolith to talk about his company state-of-the-art, alternative surface material.
What is Neolith?
Neolith is a compact surface designed for a multitude of applications ranging from kitchen counters to shower stalls and even furniture.
“It’s an extreme evolution of porcelain,” Conrad explained. “Because it’s a man-made product, we can create almost any finish, texture, sheen or pattern.”
Aside from its aesthetic appeal, Neolith boasts some pretty phenomenal features. It’s scratch and UV-resistant, handles temperature shifts, doesn’t bend, and isn’t impacted by light or water.
Seamlines, a regular nuisance with traditional stone countertops, are virtually non-existent with Neolith products.
Although it resembles stone in almost every way, its features make it a more durable, reliable, everyday material.
Neolith at KBIS
Neolith’s KBIS booth was jam-packed with product specifics, and showed the true versatility of this sintered stone.
On a display wall, the company showcased its thickness options, which range from 3mm and 6mm for tile applications, tp ½” and ¾” for countertops and other working surfaces. After choosing thickness, designers can select one of 40 different color/finish options.
For 2019, white continues to be the favorite color choice for Neolith consumers. However, Mont Blanc, the brand’s newest option resembling the ever-popular natural stone white quartzite, is already turning heads here at KBIS and across the market. “We use this proprietary treatment [on Mont Blanc] to make the sheen and colors pop. You can’t find that in natural stone,” said Conrad.
Mar de Plata, a KBIS Best Of Award-nominee, is Neolith’s texture-rich design solution reminiscent of dark pearl granite. It’s beautiful slate-like quality looks and feels like natural stone.
Sofia Cuprum and New York, New York, round out Neolith’s new colors for 2019
For an all-natural, chemical-free surface material, consider Neolith. “Imagination is the only limitation.”
Tipster TV has released the full facebook LIVE episode from our special interview, be sure to check it out below.