KitchenWise: All You Need To Know About Kalinga Stone Countertops

Last updated on September 27th, 2021

Indian kitchens seem to have moved beyond an affinity towards granite and marble alone as countertop choices and are leaning towards trendier and more modern options.

Here’s all you need to know about a great new entrant in the market combining both style and durability– the Kalinga stone. Available in scores of designs in greys, whites and browns, this stone lends a rather modern vibe to your interiors. Read on to learn more.

What Is Kalinga Stone?

Kalinga is an extremely durable, veined, engineered stone available in marble and quartz varieties.
Aesthetically similar to marble and quartz but way higher in both strength and durability, it is fast replacing its less durable counterparts.
Available in more than 150 designs, it is quite resistant to wear and tear and ideal for use in kitchen and bathroom countertops. It can also be used in flooring, facades and staircases.

Kalinga Marble

Similar in its upscale looks to Italian marble, the Kalinga Marble boasts of a much higher durability and ease-of-use. Setting down a pot too hard on the kitchen counter shouldn’t leave you worried with this choice of countertop. The natural aggregates, binders and resins that go into the making of this stone render it virtually resistant to all forms of damage. This comes especially handy in a kitchen where spills and breaks are a common occurrence.
It is also way less porous than marble, and doesn’t absorb water and other liquids easily, making spills way easier to handle. It is also a more cost-effective option as it doesn’t involve the costs of sourcing and installing, that using natural marble entails.

Kalinga Quartz

Kalinga quartz offers you a combination of high durability as well as aesthetics. This countertop alternative, much stronger than both granite and marble is also a lot easier to maintain and clean.
Kalinga quartz is also stronger than the other engineered stones and scratch resistant. It’s also non-porous and doesn’t absorb liquids easily, which can be easily wiped clean in the event of spills. It is also bacteria-free and doesn’t require sealing as a result.

Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing Kalinga Stone

These stones, since engineered, all look alike. So, if you prefer the natural ‘flaws’ and variations that a natural stone comes with, you might be disappointed.
If you want a seamless appearance in your countertops, they need to be fitted properly. If they aren’t, you may be able to notice seams at the joints. These joints will also, over time, accumulate dirt.
If your countertop is exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, you might notice discoloration after a while, especially if you’ve chosen the quartz variant of Kalinga stone.