Frequently Asked Neolith Questions
What is Neolith?
Neolith is part of a new and revolutionary product category that came about in the last decade to meet more demanding architectural and design needs.
It is not at all what is known as traditional “ceramic” or “stoneware” but rather evolved from these materials to the point that a new type of surface was created which was non-existent up until that time. Neolith pertains to and is pioneer in the Sintered Compact Surface industry.
What is Neolith made of?
Composition: 100% natural based on 3 groups of elements:
1. Minerals from granite: quartz and feldspar which provide the product with hardness and strength.
2. Minerals from glass and silica that provide chemical stability.
3. Natural oxides that offer chromatic properties.
Neolith Estatuario 12mm Polished Countertop / Neolith Estatuario 6mm Pillar Covering & Backsplash
How is Neolith produced? What is Sintering?
The Sintering Technology TheSize has developed to create Neolith replicates in just a few hours the process by which stones are naturally created over a period of thousands of years. It consists of subjecting the raw materials described above to very high pressures and temperatures.
The combination of raw materials goes through a press in a first phase where force/pressure of up to 400 bars is applied.
In a second phase, the boards are placed in an oven where they are cooked at temperatures of more than 1200ºC. This process produces an ultra-compact decorative full-body surface (17 colors in the repertory to date).
In what formats and thicknesses is Neolith available?
Neolith is produced in two standard board formats: 3,200 x 1,500 mm and 3,600 x 1,200 mm. Besides these board formats, Neolith is also available in a series of standard tile formats such as: 1,500 x 1,500, 1,500 x 750, 750 x 750, 1,200 x 1,200, 1,200 x 600, 600 x 600 y 600 x 300 mm. Plus, Neolith can be bought pre-cut with custom measurements as of a certain quantity of m2.
The available thicknesses in which Neolith is produced are: 3, 6 and 12 mm.
What can Neolith be used for?
Because of the format and physical/mechanical characteristics, this type of product is ideal for an endless number of interior and exterior uses in business and private homes: countertops, floors, walls, façades, tiling, furniture. The only limit is your imagination.
Neolith Arctic White 6mm Panels used as Building Facade
What kind of care does my Neolith kitchen countertop need?
It all depends on the countertop finish. If your countertop is in the Silk, Satin or Riverwashed finish, we recommend you download the Cleaning and Maintenance Guide from the Support section.
If your countertop is in the Polished finish, we recommend you download the Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for the Polished Finish from the Support section.
Is Neolith scratch-resistant?
Yes. Neolith is made of natural materials and is produced at very high temperatures and pressures which make it highly scratch and impact-resistant. However, sudden impacts, excessive temperatures and improper use can damage the surface of the material just like with any other surface.
The vitrified surface of the polished finish requires greater care as it does not feature as much surface hardness. For more information, we recommend you download the Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for the Polished Finish from the Support section.
*Take special care with ceramic knives:
Ceramic knives can scratch a Neolith surface irrespective of the finish just as they scratch other brands of the same and other product categories.
Neolith Pulpis 12mm Desktop
Will the small Neolith sample I have coincide with the boards once installed?
Variations in color, tone and pattern are inherent to the natural raw materials used to produce Neolith. The samples are cut from complete boards and only represent a small portion of the complete board. Please refer to samples simply to get an idea for the colors as there may be minor variations in the boards actually installed.
What conditions and aspects are covered by the 10-year Warranty for Neolith kitchen countertops?
The conditions and clauses of the Neolith 10-year Warranty may be viewed and downloaded in the Support section.
Why is Neolith so special?
Neolith is a high-performance, large-size and thin surface. It is a product with superior physical and mechanical properties which are equal to or even exceed any market standard or specification. Neolith can be used anywhere. It may be used for kitchen or bathroom countertops, interior and exterior tiling, extensive flooring, furniture or façades. The collection offers a range of more than 40 models available in 4 different finishes.
Neolith Estatuario 12mm BBQ Countertop
What are the advantages of installing Neolith instead of other materials?
Neolith is the latest in versatile products. Unlike other materials, Neolith can be used for any purpose which means architects, interior specialists, designers and owners can create a comprehensive, modern project. It is a light surface with a wide variety of finishes.