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Alluring Lava Countertops

The newest countertops and workshop surfaces aren't being made of granite or wood. It's not delicate marble either. While you may think some stone is the epitome of durability in a home, there is a new material on the market that is catching remodelers by surprise. Homeowners are now finding that Pyrolave lava stone is one of the most unique and beautiful materials for refinishing kitchen and bath countertops. The material has an incredible durability and withstands high temperatures, acids, and corrosive products. It also comes in magnificent bright colors. Originally from France, Pyrolave has recently grown in popularity in the U.S. and Australia. Even with very few locations, lava stone offers the ultimate customization tool for any surfaces in your home.

Pyrolave is quarried from volcanic craters in France, while Volvic lava stone is cut into slaves, glazed with enamel and then fired at temperatures over 1,000 degrees Celsius. Pyrolave calls the material a "worktop" because it is suited to the many activities that occur in the kitchen as well as the bathroom.

Volvic lava is extracted from the Nugere crater at the heart of Augergne's volcanoes. It contains dense stone that has incredible qualities that have developed over time. The lava blocks are extremely resistant and yet extracted by hand from the quarry. Once cut into slabs, the lava is processed, then enters the glazing process. Engineers then select the lava for resistance and resilience, as well as color and beauty. Fine lines in the surface of the lava are the unique features that make countertops instantly shine.

Pyrolave comes in multiple colors, from glossy to matt. You can pick any shade from ivory to vermillion, chataigne to cumin. You can choose muted tones or bright, vibrant hues to accentuate your interiors. Pyrolave offers 16 colors in both glossy and matt. Pyrolave can also be custom glazed to match your décor. Many homes actually use the lava surfaces outdoors because of its durability. Resistant to heavy impacts and scratches, it can create the perfect outdoor kitchen and entertainment area.

The lava stone is so resistant that you can use the surface as a cutting board. You can also pick from original shapes and colors, allowing you to style any décor to your specifications. You can mix and match with stainless appliances or create a funky look with bright surfaces. Pyrolave is also non-porous, which helps eliminate certain bacteria and resists staining.

While there are nine locations for Pyrolave across the globe with six in Europe alone, there is only one Pyrolave studio in America located in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can contact the manager Jean Pauwels at 919-788-8953 for custom quotes, styles and colors, or visit the studio to see the gallery of lava stone.However, this lava doesn't come cheap. In fact, it's about $210 per square foot and up. Your custom shapes and glazing may cost more. To get a direct quote, you should contact Pyrolave directly and find out more about this product and how it can change your countertops.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.