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Engineered Stone Properties

Artificial Stone Types

 

 

 

ACRYLIC

 

 

QUARTZ

 

SINTERED

Manufacturers

Corian

Hi-Macs

Staron

 

Silestone

Caesarstone

Neolith

Laminam

Dekton

Lapitec

 

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 resistance

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