Is Neolith the next big thing? — Here are 5 reasons why it could be!
We have been writing a lot about ultra compact surfaces and how they are impacting contemporary design, and there is a big reason for that: these materials are changing everything. From the manufacturing process to the design applications, with the new characteristics these ultra compact surfaces deliver, new doors have been opened for designers and architects alike. Neolith by CDK stone is the perfect example of advancing the industry in many ways, a few of which we will explore below.
One of the most important qualities of a surface, whether it is in your kitchen, bathroom or on the exterior walls of your house is how long it will last. Neolith, like many of the ultra compact surfaces has incredible durable qualities. Being UV, stain and scratch resistant your surface is destined to last longer without being damaged. This also extends the lists of application spaces for the product as it can be used for everything from driveways to exterior cladding based on these qualities. It also separates it from competitors in a more conventional application like kitchen countertops, as it is not as susceptible to damage in the long term.
Like mentioned above the amount of stress the surface can take makes it suitable for far more applications than a traditional surface. The UV resistant quality that many ultra compact surfaces house (including Dekton and Lapitec), make it suitable for outdoor entertaining areas or cladding to add an element of natural style to your exterior. The surface is also incredibly weight-bearing, and therefore can be used in high traffic areas where it is exposed to extreme weight. This could be flooring, cladding or even paving for driveways. The varying sheet sizes (point 4) allows the material to be used in different areas with more ease.
Being a relatively new surface type, Neolith’s colour range is only beginning to build, but the existing options still provide vast and varying choices for design purposes. However Neolith is a step closer. Some of the colour range available in Neolith have a thorough colour scheme, although the patterned range only has the style on the surface of the material, and therefore there is a visible discrepancy in colour when cut. As time progresses and the product becomes more and more popular, the range of colours and styles is sure to increase.
Neolith currently offers the largest sheet size on the market. Similarly to Dekton, sheets can come at 3.2 meters in length making it suitable for the majority of applications which minimises joins. However, Neolith is also available in sheets that are a staggering 3.6 meters in length, and more narrow, with a width of just 1.2 meters. The larger sheets increase cost effectiveness by minimising the need for multiple sheets. The material is also available in varying thicknesses of 3mm, 6mm, 12mm and 20mm. The core of this material is also extremely strong, as the material is exposed to extreme pressure during the manufacturing process, therefore the material can be subjected to high pressure due to this flexible nature.
These materials are going to take the world by storm in so many ways. It’s not just the practicality of their composition, but also the limitless options for different sizes, applications and styles which will have designers losing their minds over it. The manufacturing process alone is something to behold, and is the perfect example of how the advancements of science contributes to more reliable, effective and aesthetic products around the world. As the range of colours and awareness increases the surfaces produced by Neolith, Dekton and Lapitec will quickly become the initial choice for many designers.
Neolith, in some ways, expands on the capabilities exhibited in materials such as Dekton, whilst also lacking in a few areas. With its larger sheet size and throughout composition, it allows for further design prospects whilst maintaining the resistant qualities we know and love.