Porter Flint Vetrazzo Color

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Porter Flint

Although the brew was named for the porters who worked along London's River Thames in the 18th century, this Vetrazzo mix was inspired by the beer’s dark, rich hue. The result is a timeless surface, sure to be a place for gathering.

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Country : USA

Product Description

Although the brew was named for the porters who worked along London’s River Thames in the 18th century, this Vetrazzo mix was inspired by the beer’s dark, rich hue. The result is a timeless surface, sure to be a place for gathering.

What is Vetrazzo?

Vetrazzo is a line of exquisite surface materials crafted from recycled glass and used anywhere natural stone is used; countertops, tabletops, architectural cladding and more. Vetrazzo surfaces offer a stunning and lively signature for residential or commercial projects. With over 85% recycled glass content, Vetrazzo allows homeowners, architects, designers, and builders to exhibit both their style and their respect for the earth and environment.

What is it made of?

Vetrazzo is composed of a patented (Patent No. US 7,771,539), proprietary formula that combines recycled glass with a binder of cement, additives, pigments and other recycled materials. Conversely, most manufactured countertop materials on the market, such as engineered stone (also referred to as “Quartz”), utilize a synthetic, petroleum-based resin binder.

Are Vetrazzo surfaces smooth or textured?

Vetrazzo surfaces are smooth, just like highly polished granite. Check out “Where to Buy” to find out where you can run your hand across Vetrazzo and experience it for yourself.

Where does the glass come from? How much is recycled?

All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up approximately 85% of the final material. Our largest source of glass is the neighborhood curbside recycling programs. (See if you can spot last night’s Heineken bottle…) Other glass comes from post-industrial usage, windows, drinking glasses, stemware, automotive glass, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, and other unusual sources such as decommissioned traffic light lenses. Because of the unique nature of the glass used in the production process, every Vetrazzo surface has its own history. For more info on the stories behind each of our current mixes, visit “A story in every surface”.

How does Vetrazzo compare to granite?

Vetrazzo is comparable in strength, scratch resistance, thermal resistance, durability, and care and maintenance to granite. Vetrazzo can be used wherever granite or other natural stone surfaces are used. One key difference between granite and Vetrazzo is that, because Vetrazzo is made entirely in the US and is composed of more than 85% recycled material, Vetrazzo is one of the most environmentally friendly surface materials on the market.

How does Vetrazzo compare to other surface materials such as Corian (Solid Surface) or Quartz?

Take a look at a comparison of the commonly available surface materials.

Care and Maintenance

Vetrazzo is an extremely durable and easy-to-maintain surface. it’s comparable to granite in strength, scratch resistance, heat resistance, durability, and care and maintenance.

Will it stain?

Vetrazzo is less likely to stain than marble and concrete and equivalent to some granite. But you do have to care for it. 85% of the surface is glass, which is impervious to stain. However, acids (like red wine, lemon juice and vinegar) will etch the matrix of the surface (the concrete area between glass) if not cleaned up right away. and staining agents (like coffee and tea) will leave a trace if allowed to remain on the surface for a prolonged period.

Luckily, like aged butcher block, marble, and concrete, signs of living can actually enhance the character of the surface. if you clean messes up quickly, your Vetrazzo will remain unchanged. if you are more carefree, you may appreciate the natural patina that develops as you live with and enjoy your Vetrazzo. also, dark mixes and those with patina hide the signs of a carefree lifestyle remarkably well.

Need a lot of maintenance?

No. it’s mostly glass. Keep it clean with soap and water, (avoiding harsh abrasives). When the mood strikes you, buff it with a wax a few times a year and reseal it once every year or two. Pretty simple.

Can you cut on it?

Sure, but you’ll dull your knife.

Can you put a hot pot on it?

Yep. it’s glass and concrete. as with any sealed surface, prolonged excessive heat could compromise the sealant. So if you do this often, be sure to reseal periodically.

Durable?

You bet. Vetrazzo installations are in buildings that have seen millions of visitors since they’ve been installed and show no signs of wear.

Can you dance on it?

We’ll leave that up to you. (Careful not to slip!).

A Day In The Life

Vetrazzo begins with you. When you dispose of your glass bottles into your curbside recycling bin, it ends up at a facility where it is processed by color and glass type.

Once sorted, it’s crushed and packaged for companies like Vetrazzo to purchase for reuse. We look for interesting colors and also source from post-industrial glass sources and demolition sites to get an array of options for making slabs.

When then glass arrives to our plant, it’s further crushed depending on the slab being made, and mixed with cement, water, and other proprietary ingredients.

Glass comprises 85% of the total product content, so you can expect an extremely durable and gorgeous surface thanks to the big pieces of glass that appear in many of our surfaces. Once a slab color is mixed, it’s poured into a pan and baked (much like making a cake). After the cooking process, the slab undergoes polishing and quality assurance procedures to ensure that every slab leaving our plant meets our quality control requirements.

Right now, it takes almost a month for one slab to be produced. Unlike other surfacing materials, our product receives a lot of human attention from our production team.

From the woman who expertly applies the patina to our patina’d surfaces to the man who carefully monitors each slab’s polish, Vetrazzo gets a special touch. You can be assured when you buy Vetrazzo that you are getting a product that many people are passionate about, especially the people who make it.

Story

Vetrazzo® (the product) was invented by a passionate glass scientist in 1996 in Berkeley, California – back when “green” was just a color. More than ten years later, the patented product (Patent No. US 7,771,529) has appeared on HGTV, the DIY Network, and shows like The View. Editors in reputable media outlets rave about Vetrazzo and its many virtues. We’re blushing and flattered.

In 2006, Vetrazzo® opened its manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters in the refurbished Ford Assembly Building at Ford Point in Richmond, California. We’re excited to be a part of the revitalization of this historic landmark. The building opened in 1931 as Ford’s west coast Model-A production plant, and enjoyed a rich history (including being converted to war-time production) until its close in 1956.

In 2010, Vetrazzo was acquired by Polycor Inc, the most diversified and largest fully-integrated granite and marble group in North America, providing natural stone solutions since 1987.

Manufacturing moved to Polycor’s Georgia Marble plant in the sleepy town of Tate, (just an hour north of Atlanta), where marble is manufactured alongside Vetrazzo. If Georgia Marble represents an iconic part of American history – it built the New York Stock Exchange annex, the statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the National Air and Space Museum and the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art, to name a few – then the growth of the Vetrazzo brand represents America’s forward march toward sustainable building.

So what does the next decade hold? With Polycor’s innovative manufacturing processes and cutting edge research and development – not to mention a time-tested, now patented formula – we are committed to manufacturing the same product people have grown to love, and make it even better.

The original glass surface – now that’s our story.

Mindfully Made

In Tate, Georgia, where we now produce Vetrazzo, many of our plant workers already collected cans, so we added recycling receptacles for paper, glass, and plastic. We’re also sharing the plant, which conserves energy, and we are constantly looking for new ways to be more efficient on the line and in the office. Though our efforts might not scream “green”, we think starting small is better than not starting at all. And most importantly, we hope to inspire you!

As 2011 continues, expect more updates and progress reports as we strenghten our company’s sustainabilty mission. Together with Polycor, we will endeavor to be more environmentally conscious and strive for the same goals set by the founding company when it began on the West Coast.

Invented by an American glass scientist working on his Ph.D. in 1996, and now owned by the North Americain natural stone company Polycor, Vetrazzo continues to develop his roots in the U.S.A.. Building on this great creation, american community can shine through such a great innovation.

Our latest partnership with BCorp will make us even most transparent than ever. Everything we do that affects the planet from production to shipping our product will be made available publicly. We believe that transparency is the best way to do business in this changing economy and evolving world.

Come visit us in Tate and you will witness a passionate production team who work countless hours to perfect each slab that leaves our plant. Talk to our Sales Director or Brand Manager and get an inside look about what about Vetrazzo makes them tick. From the CEO of Polycor to the people in shipping, everyone who is a part of Vetrazzo believes in the good it creates.

Additional Information

Price Level

Exotic Level

Stone Type

Vetrazzo

Primary Colors

Gray

Country

USA

Air Quality Certified®

Yes

NSF Certified®

Yes

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