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History of Engineered Surfaces and How we arrived at FriTech™

FriTech™ by Lucciare® is the newest, most eco-friendly engineered surface in a long history of innovation and discovery. Harder than steel, more durable than marble, and manufactured into a dazzling array of patterns and colors; FriTech by Lucciare is the premier choice for engineered stone.

But how did we get to FriTech? What inspired FriTech? Follow along as we dive into the history of some famous engineered surfaces and how they’ve found their way to our homes.

~300 BC: Concrete

Concrete – a mixture of finely ground stone or sand (aggregate), a glue that hardens (mortar), and water – was perfected by ancient Rome, using it to build much of their expanding Empire. Economical and durable, it could be shaped and designed in ways that surpassed traditional stone.

Today, thousands of years later, concrete still serves as a creative way to build your kitchen. As it is poured, rather than cut, it allows you to design unique surfaces and patterns, only limited by your imagination!

 

1920s: Ceramic tile


Ceramic tile countertops came into style thanks to new standards in hygiene. Previous countertops had been made of wood, which could harbor numerous bacteria unless washed regularly. Ceramic, a compound made of clays and powders, was hard and easy to clean.

While beautiful and colorful, ceramic tile countertops suffer from two flaws: easily damaged and uneven surfaces.

 

1950s: Laminate

Formica exploded in popularity, covering our counters in laminate, a composite plastic material that was seamless, making cooking and clean up far easier than with tile. However, laminate burned and scratched readily, meaning that homeowners would have to replace countertops frequently.

 

1960s: Solid Surfaces

Corian was designed for one thing: to beat Formica. Corian was a solid surface, a type of countertop that mixed natural minerals and man-made polymers to deliver heat resistant, scratch resistant countertops at a fraction of the price of natural surfaces like granite.

It was a major leap forward for engineered surfaces, but it still suffered from two problems: it wasn’t as hard as granite, and it could only come in dull, monotonous colors.

Was it possible to have an engineered surface that could be strong, durable, colorful, and heat resistant?

 

1963: Quartz

First introduced in 1963 by Breton, SPA, Quartz countertops represented a huge leap over solid surfaces. Built from natural quartz stone extracted from sands, Quartz countertops are durable, heat resistant, and incredibly vibrant. Quartz surfaces are designed with veins like natural stone, while being more durable than marble or granite.

There was only one problem: the extraction of quartz from sand caused a significant amount of environmental damage.

Could there ever be a durable, colorful, and eco-friendly surface material?

 

2020: FriTech, engineered, eco-friendly stone

FriTech by Lucciare is the culmination of modern engineered surfaces. Eco-friendly, FriTech is 89% recycled stone, 10% recycled resin, and 1% toner. Combined, this engineered surface has the strength and heat resistance of granite and the colorful veins of marble. Non-porous and stain resistant, FriTech surfaces are easy to clean, care for, and cook with.

It’s a true marvel of engineering.

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