Are you in the process of finding the best material to use for your kitchen countertops? This can be a difficult decision to make, but it is essential to make the right choice. Keep reading to learn some facts about heat-resistant materials, and then contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 to discover how our unique porcelain tiles can be the perfect solution.
First and foremost, let us discuss tiles and their incredible heat-resistant properties. The tiles we make at Mission Tile West can be used for everything from kitchens to fireplaces – they are truly heat resistant. Another big advantage of using them for countertops is that if there is ever damage or other issues with your tiles, you can replace just the single tile that was damaged instead of having to replace an entire counter like you would if you damaged a granite countertop.
Speaking of granite, these countertops are the gold standard most people think of when they want a durable, heat-resistant countertop surface. This is a high-end choice that can be very expensive. In fact, until recent years, it was primarily seen only in homes of the rich. While granite itself is heat-resistant, it will need to be sealed. The products it can be sealed with can weaken with heat, thus cracking. That is why we recommend that you use trivets if you are going to put a hot pot or pan on a granite countertop.
If you do not want granite (or cannot afford it), then quartz is a great alternative. It is very heat resistant and is made from a combination of minerals, which will generally include resin and quartz. You can even get quarts to closely resemble granite and other popular stones, yet it is more affordable and does not require the regular sealing and upkeep that you will need with granite.
However, while quartz has many positive aspects, you should not put hot pans directly on it because the heat can cause the quartz surface to yellow.
This is less common but is growing in popularity. It is a natural stone that has excellent heat resistance, which is why it’s popular around fires. It has a rich look but not nearly as rich as granite. It is softer too, which means that it is easier to cut or scratch. If it is damaged, then it requires a professional to repair, and it will generally be fairly obvious that a repair has been made.
We Vote for Tile for All Hot Areas
As you consider the best heat-resistant material at Mission Tile West, we must remind you that tile makes a perfect choice. With many different colors and textures to choose from, we are ready to make the process easy for you. Contact us now at 626-799-4595 to get started.