Ultra-Compact Surfaces

Ultra-compact surfaces have been extremely popular in parts of Europe for years.  Ultra-compact surfaces, as a countertop surface, was not given much thought in the United States until recently.

ABOUT Ultra-Compact Surfaces

Ultra-compact surfaces have many advantages compared to other surfaces.  It is extremely stain and chemical resistant, extremely durable to heat and scratches, and is easy to clean and maintain.

Ultra-compact surfaces does have drawbacks.  Given the limited availability and fabricators who understand the material, this is for people looking for their countertop to be a statement piece in their kitchen or bathroom.  These will be countertops unlike anything else you’ve seen in your friends’ or families’ homes.

SEAMLESS APPEARANCE

2 out of 4 stars

STAIN RESISTANCE

4 out of 4 stars

SCRATCH RESISTANCE

3 out of 4 stars

HEAT & BURN RESISTANCE

2 out of 4 stars

Our Ultra-Compact Surfaces

KBR has fabricated ultra-compact surface countertops from a variety of suppliers and have created some truly breathtaking pieces.  Our main showroom display is a ultra-compact surface covered wall, with an inlaid “KBR” logo made out of the same material, rolling into a waterfall countertop.  We don’t currently stock any ultra-compact surface products given the unique project type.  However, we work with several suppliers in the area and can help find the perfect piece to suit your needs.

Ultra-compact surfaces are manufactured from a particular clay that is rich in Kalonite and typically contains feldspar, silica and other mineral oxides. This is what gives the material it’s durability and color. This surface is typically stronger than granite and is obtained through the firing process. This product is thinner than standard countertops and comes in at 6mm and 12mm vs the 3cm standard for other surfaces. This is approximately ¼” &  ½” vs 1¼”.

Ultra-compact surfaces are becoming more and more popular in the States. In addition to countertops, many customers are also looking to capture the beautiful look in a variety of applications.  The most popular has been installation of shower walls.  In addition, we’ve fabricated products for fireplace surrounds and exterior walls.

Everyday cleaning should be done with warm soapy water or an ammonia-based household cleaner.  See additional care & maintenance facts in our Countertop Characteristics & Care guide.

 

To view Care & Maintenance per manufacturer, please visit the links below:

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Quartzite is a highly prized natural stone; consider quartzite for its strength, beauty, and overall durability. 

Quartz

Quartz is one of the most popular countertop products on the market right now because of its ability to withstand active kitchens while maintaining an elegant look.

 

Granite

Granite showcases natural beauty and gives your home an upscale feel with a unique countertop design.

Ultra-Compact Surfaces

Ultra-Compact Surfaces is gaining traction in the United States because of its versatility and ability to withstand the harshest conditions. It is a great choice for countertops, fireplace surrounds, or sprucing up your bathroom.

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Solid surface countertops are known for their durability, longevity, and seamless appearance. They are a low maintenance option that stands up to scrutiny from even the most scrupulously clean homeowner.

Laminate

Laminate is a tried and true traditional countertop surface that can provide the look of natural stone at a much more efficient price.

Quartzite

Quartzite is a highly prized natural stone; consider quartzite for its strength, beauty, and overall durability.

Quartz

Quartz is one of the most popular countertop products on the market right now because of its ability to withstand active kitchens while maintaining an elegant look.

Granite

Granite showcases natural beauty and gives your home an upscale feel with a unique countertop design.

Ultra-Compact Surfaces

Ultra-Compact Surfaces is gaining traction in the United States because of its versatility and ability to withstand the harshest conditions. It is a great choice for countertops, fireplace surrounds, or sprucing up your bathroom.

Solid Surfaces

Solid surface countertops are known for their durability, longevity, and seamless appearance. They are a low maintenance option that stands up to scrutiny from even the most scrupulously clean homeowner.

Laminate

Laminate is a tried and true traditional countertop surface that can provide the look of natural stone at a much more efficient price.