ARTIFICIAL STONE


solid surface

Solid surface countertop fabricators in Lithuania

engineered quartz

Engineered quartz worktop fabricators in the Baltics

sintered stone

Sintered stone countertop fabricators in Lithuania


ARTIFICIAL STONE TYPES

  ACRYLIC QUARTZ SINTERED
 MANUFACTURERS Corian

Hi-Macs

Staron 

Silestone

Caesarstone

Neolith

Dekton

Lapitec

Laminam

WHAT IS IT?

70% natural stone (grounded into powder) and

30% resins and pigments

90% natural stone

(grounded into powder) and

10% resins and pigments

100% natural (sintered into slabs by using very high temperature and extremely high pressure) 
APPEARANCE

Matte

Polished

Solid

Patterned

Relief

Matte

Polished

One-coloured

Patterned

Matte

Polished

One-coloured

Patterned

Rough

Wavy

Relief 

HEAT RESISTANCE Resistant to heat up to +80 °C, use trivets under hot pots and pans  Very resistant to heat up to +80 °C, use trivets under hot pots and pans  Resistant to extreme heat, no need to use trivets under hot pots and pans
SCRATCH RESISTACE Can scratch, scratches can be professionally refinished Highly scratch resistant Highly scratch resistant
CLEANLINESS

Non-porous

Antibacterial

Can be used commercially in food preparing and medical premises

(has NSF 51 rating)

Non-porous

Antibacterial

Can be used commercially in food preparing and medical premises

(has NSF 51 rating)

Non-porous

Antibacterial

Can be used commercially in food preparing and medical premises

(has NSF 51 rating)

FABRICATION Seams will typically be invisible, many edge options available Seams very tight, but visible, many edge options available Seams very tight, but visible
MAINTENANCE No sealing necessary, top can be resanded to restore original finish No sealing necessary No sealing necessary

Engineered quartz and sintered stone are both very hard surfaces that are non porous, scratch resistant and do not easily stain. The main difference between them is their composition. Quartz is a combination of the natural mineral quartz (some 90%) and the balance of the material made up of pigments and resin binders. On the other hand, sintered stone is composed entirely of natural minerals. The minerals are transformed into a new material using the process known as "sintering". This process uses intense heat and other forces like pressure and electricity to transform the minerals into a solid hard mass of a new material.

 

Quartz and sintered stone share the characteristic of hardness. Both materials are harder than granite. This hardness is what makes them scratch resistant and durable. Sintered stone is even harder than quartz. Both of these materials are non-porous. This means that their surface is not easily stained since liquids cannot penetrate the material to discolor it. Cleaning sintered and quartz surfaces is easy since the stain-causing agents will remain on top without getting into it.

 

Because of different composition sintered stone and quartz have different care requirements. One caution that you will probably find with quartz that you may not find with sintered stone is that quartz can be susceptible to burning from high temperatures. This can happen in the fabrication shop or at home. If quartz is exposed to extreme heat, it can discolor because of the limits imposed by the resins in the material. Conversely, sintered stone is formed in the presence of extremely high temperatures and is therefore resistant to very high temperatures found in normal everyday household environments.


ARTIFICIAL STONE PROPERTIES

  HEAT RESISTANT WILL ETCH WILL SCRATCH WILL STAIN CAN BACKLIGHT
 SOLID SURFACE     x   x
ENGINEERED QUARTZ          
SINTERED STONE x        

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