How many times have you felt depressed while looking at a magazine of furniture?
Compare to the beautiful kitchens in those magazines with our own, always messy and dirty, is not a good idea for our humor.
To completely redo the kitchen means yo spend, but, most of all, we fear the problems that will undoubtedly arise.
If you want a kitchen like the ones you can see in the pictures, you must accept the obvious: your kitchen will have to be demolished along with some other walls.
Magazines always offer solutions that require large spaces and they began to envision “realistic” solutions a short time ago.
Before launching a grenade into the kitchen to try to renew it, you should try to change it with some minor modifications.
Replace the tiles involves the demolition of the floor, with a nervous breakdown caused by confusion, dust and construction workers that generally do not have the physique that advertising tends to show us.
Paste a new ceramic floor above the existing is a possible operation, indeed desirable, but we know we’re going to raise the floor at least 1.5 cm.
What does this mean?
We will have a step at the entrance to the kitchen and we will have to cut the doors.
But we have discerning tastes, so do not like any step and certainly do not want to cut the doors.
In this case we can use some new products (though they are in the market for several years) with several different names (Kerlite, Laminam, etc, etc) but they are basically very thin tiles of 3.5 mm a reinforcement net in the rear, to make them more resistant to traction.
These products have virtually limitless decorations and they also have a maximum size of 300×100 cm, which means yhay you can eliminate almost all leaks on the floor of your kitchen.
With this solution we have avoided the demolition of the existing floor and cutting the doors.
An alternative to these large tiles is resin and, if you live in Milan, is the first proposal that you will receive.
Resin is a delicate product, you will need skilled craftsmen to extend it, because it is possible to have unwanted cracks or bubbles.
We put food and our hands on the worktop of our kitchens,we work, we leave some bags and, when we are lucky, we also put some casual partner on it.
It is evident, from the use make of it, that it is a very delicate surface.
Let’s consider some different materials to change the kitchen worktop and to renew the room.
Steel: an alloy composed of iron and a maximum of 2% of carbon is very strong, but it is quite prone to scratches. It is water repellent but it has a big disadvantage called chalky spot.
Zodiaq: is an advanced composite material made of 93% quartz, binding polymer and pigments. It catches and reflects light, looking very similar to quartz with a wide range of colors, it has an exceptional strength and durability and it’s resistant to corrosion and heat.
Staron: 100% acrylic solid surface countertops. Available in more than 50 colors and a variety of edge details and inlay options. It’s a surface that’s practical and easy to maintain. If the surface is ever scratched, it’s easily repaired with a mild abrasive cleanser or a light- duty kitchen scrubbing pad. Staron is also nonporous with smooth, impenetrable seams, so germs and dirt have nowhere to accumulate.
Starlight: It ‘a composite stone made by silica sand from of Bohemia (up to 70-90%) linked by a small amount of resin that do not affect the natural appearance. The microcrystals of which it’s made are very bright and the brightness remains constant over time. It’s resistant to wear and the action of acidic agents, including lemon, and shocks.
Solidtop: HPL laminate consisting of layers of cellulose fiber material impregnated with thermosetting resins undergo a high pressure process. non-porous, resistant to water attack and steam and does not stain with oils and detergents in common use. Resists heat up to 180 °.
Quarzo Jaipur: Comes for 95% of natural stone powder agglomerated with special resins. Available in 6 different colors, it has an irregular surface, uneven, with veins in relief. It offers a superior performance compared to marble or granite. Very compact, robust and easily splinter and is resistant to scratches and shock. Does not stain even in contact with acids, including lemon.
Okite: This countertop material comes in bright primary colors as well as natural stone colors. Okite is a specially developed quartz based stone surface material. It is 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin. It comes in several thicknesses and slabs 120 inches x 55 inches. Okite is suitable for kitchen countertops or commercial uses like restaurant wall paneling. Okite is 5 times stronger than granite and comes in translucent colors as well as opaque colors.
Cristalite:Made with acrylic resins and pigments, recreates the beauty of natural stone slabs with a 6-11 cm thickness. Non-porous, smooth and odorless, so it is very hygienic and suitable for contact with food. It is also water, moisture, heat and light resistant. It does not scratch even with the blade of a knife and is environmentally friendly. It’s available in various colors and it can be rounded.
Cristalan: It’s made by 2 / 3 aluminum hydroxide and 1 / 3 acrylic, a derivative of an acid, and also contains small amounts of pigments.
Belongs to the category “solid surfaces”, as it is solid and homogeneous throughout its thickness. It is produced in a wide range of colors, in solid colors or granulated. Shock resistant, durable and hygienic, it is not porous, is neutral to smells and suitable for contact with food. You should however be careful not to place pots or hot objects above this surface,