Extendable tables with ceramic shelf for the design of the kitchen and dining room made in Italy
have become one of the last trends in the designer furnishing sector, especially for the kitchen and for the dining room.
Their increasing success is due to several factors: clean
and contemporary lines
, high technology and the continuous research for innovation.
Worth mentioning are the many advantages of ceramic: being highly resistant to fire, cuts, shocks, scratches and abrasions, it is also resistant
to chemical agents
and UV rays
. Moreover, it is oil and fat resistant. It does not require specific care and it is extremely easy to clean.
Most ceramic tables
available on the market consist of a ceramic table tops
of 3 mm
of thickness mounted on a underlying layer of glass
(of variable thickness 1-3 cm). The legs and the frame of the table are generally made of wood
Its main producers do use a specific terminology to indicate the countertops' materials, like Glass-ceramic, Super Ceramic, Crystalceramic, Laminam® and many more.
For instance, Glass-ceramic
is a precious material, consisting of a 1 cm thick glass
plate and of a 3 mm
ceramic layer. Being cooked at 1200° C , it is impossible to scratch the glass-ceramic top.
Tables with ceramic tops:
Ceramics is an inorganic material. Clay is extremely flexible and soft at its natural state, and becomes rock-hard after the firing process. Its colour changes according to the chromophore oxides contained in the clays. Iron oxides can be yellow, orange, red-coloured, while titanium oxides can be white and yellow-coloured. At the final stage, ceramics is being glazed and decorated.
Ceramics is suitable for the production of round tables, particularly those with a diameter of 120 cm, 160 cm and 180 cm, and especially for the production of tops. This material is characterized by a small thickness, a good resistance to cleaning products, to chemicals and solvents. The only product that can damage ceramics is Hydrofluoric acid. It also resists to humidity, thermal shocks, to scratches and surface abrasions.
Different kinds of ceramics are available, like, for instance, porcelain and porcelain stoneware, which are extremely resistant to chipping. These materials are characterized by a low porosity and are impermeable to gases and liquids.
Advantages of Ceramics:
- High resistance to scratches, abrasions and breakages
- It supports heavy loads
- Impact resistant
- Classy and elegant
How to clean ceramic table tops:
Ceramic tables are easy to clean, but we suggest the use of neutral and alkaline detergents, and the use of a microfiber cloth. Rinse with water and dry the surface to avoid the formation of stains, which might be caused by detergents residues or by a hard saline water.
Tables with glass-ceramics, super-ceramics, crystalceramics or Laminan:
Over the last few years, resistant and innovative materials are emerged; one of them is glass-ceramics. New-generation ceramics is often referred as super-ceramics, crystalceramics or Laminan, like the Italian brand that produces it.
This material is made of one upper layer of ceramics, and a lower layer of glass, which make it even more sturdy and resistant.
The material resulting from this successful coupling is oil/liquid/fat-repellent, it is heat-resistant and acid-resistant. It is scratchproof, easy to clean, non-corrodible and non-toxic.
This material is suitable for the production of round tables with a diameter of 120 cm, 160 cm, 180 cm or custom-made ones. They are also suitable for extendable tables with a length of 120 cm,140 cm, 160 cm, 180 cm or more.
Advantages of glass-ceramics:
- Elegant and classy design
- Endless colour possibilities
- Heat-resistant, scratchproof and resistant to temperature variation
- Resistant to corrosive substances
- It does not absorb oils and liquids
- It is non-deformable (up to 600-700° C)
- Shatterproof and non-porous
- It is stronger than glass
- Eco-friendly: easy to recycle
How to clean glass-ceramics, super-ceramics, crystalceramics or Laminan top:
We suggest the use of special detergents or creams. Apply them with a soft cloth, let it react for a couple of minutes, rinse and dry with a chamois cloth.
Clean carefully. This material is beautiful, but easily scratchable.