The rich aesthetics of enamel has fascinated cultures in many different eras. Even the ancient Egyptians used this material for their jewellery; rulers from the Middle Ages through to the modern age have valued enamel as a precious material and used it as a finish for extraordinary works of art. Alchemistic attempts to create gold stood at the cradle of today’s enamel. Mixing natural materials from the earth, such as quartz sand, feldspar and minerals, which bond to metal in the furnace, may have failed to lift the secret of producing gold. To many, however, the newly discovered material seemed even more desirable still. With a glass-like surface, enamel has thus become an indispensable and greatly valued part of our culture.
KALDEWEI steel enamel 3.5 mm shows to perfection how two entirely authentic and natural materials can combine to produce an incomparable, new quality: hard, yet optimally ductile steel and tough glass unite their strengths to form an ideal symbiosis. A material of lasting quality that remains visible, tangible and irresistible day after day.
KALDEWEI baths and shower trays have stood for the synthesis of robustness and aesthetics, hygiene, sophisticated and strong design for more than four generations. As a pioneer consistently pushing the boundaries to make the good even better, KALDEWEI has steadily advanced, refined and optimised the special formula and manufacturing processes of KALDEWEI steel enamel 3.5 mm for decades now. More so still, KALDEWEI is the only bathroom manufacturer to produce its own enamel. Fired in the most advanced furnaces of their kind, the special formula bonds with high-quality steel to produce a material with a thickness of 3.5 mm. The result is so exquisite and dimensionally stable that KALDEWEI confidently provides its steel enamel baths and shower trays with a guarantee of 30 years.
The glass-like enamel is exceptionally robust and harder still than acrylic and mineral composite. It is virtually impossible to scratch with materials used in the bathroom, even burning or smouldering objects such as candles or cigarettes do not leave behind any burn marks or smoke residue. Furthermore, KALDEWEI steel enamel 3.5 mm has proven to be highly impact-resistant – the proprietary enamel reacts flexibly to dropped objects or unintentional blows. Thanks to their sturdy form, KALDEWEI baths and shower trays hardly expand at all in temperature fluctuations, thereby reducing the risk of cracked joints or structural damage due to moisture penetration.
KALDEWEI steel enamel 3.5 mm is equally resistant to acidic fluids and common household chemicals – detergents, cosmetic and bath additives or perfume will not harm the surface. KALDEWEI products, therefore, are used without hesitation in areas such as hotels, medical and care facilities where hygiene, but also easy and efficient cleaning are particularly critical. Even the sun and UV radiation leave no traces – KALDEWEI steel enamel 3.5 mm retains its original colour without fading or yellowing. The conjunction of material properties and design makes KALDEWEI baths and shower trays timeless style icons.
The leading manufacturer of baths, shower trays and enamelled shower surfaces made of steel enamel 3.5 mm has steadily advanced the potential of this material. To produce this distinct mixture of glass-forming substances, KALDEWEI sources raw materials from all over the world, including Scandinavian quartz, Californian borax, and feldspar, which is also used in the manufacture of porcelain. The finely nuanced colour scheme rated so highly at KALDEWEI is produced by adding appropriate substances.
The melting process for the KALDEWEI enamel has been steadily refined. The special mixture formulated at the in-house laboratory now produces the elegant matt surfaces that have met with such popularity. In 2013 KALDEWEI presented SECURE PLUS as the first full-surface and virtually invisible, anti-slip finish for matt coloured enamelled shower surfaces made of steel enamel 3.5 mm. Complete control over the entire process – from mixing the enamel to deep drawing the 2.9 mm steel sheets into baths and shower trays in a variety of shapes through to the final firing of the moulds with the enamel coating – is an indispensable requirement for the superior quality of KALDEWEI products.