Drawn to natural stone but also a fan of color" Until recently, the options in the countertop world were limited, but of late, lava stone has been gaining traction?and introducing an eye-opening new palette to the kitchen. Is this a countertop to consider" Read on to find out.
Above: Glazed lava stone has advantages that raw stones, such as marble and granite, lack: color, for starters. Photograph from Made a Mano.
What is lava stone"
Lava stone is a natural volcanic rock that is quarried, cut into slabs, topped with an enamel glaze, and fired at a very high heat. The fact that it’s volcanic lends it a toughness: Lava stone can withstand high temperatures, offers even heat distribution, and can be glazed, which sets it apart from other stone countertops.
Above: Cut slabs of lava stone await glazing. Lava stone is sourced primarily from quarries in France (from the crater of an inactive volcano in Auvergne) and Italy (at the foot of the active volcano Mount Etna in Sicily). Photograph from Made a Mano.
Above: Lava stone’s surface is typically patterned with crazing?a web of lines and cracks?that appears in the glazing during the cooling process and, according to fans, lends character. Photograph from Low Impact Ltd.
What are the benefits of using lava stone countertops"
1. Resistant to heat, cold, and temperature fluctuations.
Lava stone has a natural ability to dissipate heat very well, meaning that hot pans can be placed directly on the surface without damage.
2. Extremely durable.
The firing process creates an exceptionally hard surface that can withstand corrosive chemicals and UV exposure (no fading!). It doesn’t chip or scratch easily, but watch out for knife edges?use a cutting board.
The material is impervious to water, won’t harbor bacteria, and is stain resistant.
4. Appropriate for indoor and outdoor applications.
For all of the reasons listed above, lava stone can withstand everything that out...