What is the difference between a sintered stone slab and quartz or natural marble?
Contemporary interior space design stone applications are becoming increasingly widespread, and the diversity of material varieties is so that designers and homeowners have more choices, from the floor, wall, staircase, countertops, columns, and so on, can be used to decorate the stone. Tile, granite, and travertine are common decoration materials aside, marble, Sintered Stone Slabs, quartz stone, three major product series, have been the most common in interior space design, and the market demand is also significant. So, what are the unique differences between these three series?
Sintered Stone Slab
Sintered Stone Slab, the English description is SINTERED STONE, meaning “sintered stone,” is made of natural raw materials through a unique process with the help of more than 10,000 tons of presses (more than 15,000 tons), combined with advanced production technology, through the high temperature of more than 1,200 ℃ sintered, can withstand the cutting, drilling, grinding and other processing processes. It can withstand the cutting, drilling, polishing, and further processing the oversized new porcelain material.
Ceramic Sintered Stone Slab slabs are mainly used in home and kitchen panels. As a new species in the area of home furnishing, compared with other home furnishing products, Sintered Stone Slab slab home furnishing has the characteristics of large specifications, strong moldability, diverse colors, high-temperature resistance, wear-resistant scratch, anti-penetration, acid and alkali resistance, zero formaldehyde, environmental health and so on.
Advantages of Sintered Stone Slab:
① The surface of the plate is non-porous, stains are not easy to invade, and it is easy to clean.
② manufactured at extremely high temperatures, heat-resistant
③ rugged and durable, not easy to cut, wear-resistant
④Many colors and new styles are suitable for various types.
⑤ Natural materials, environmental protection, and non-toxic
As the most popular indoor space designer in recent years, the application of Sintered Stone Slabs is gradually expanding. It is not only used in indoor spaces but also used in outdoor wall decoration.
- Quartz stone
Artificial quartz stone, referred to as quartz stone, is a kind of artificial stone with unsaturated polyester resin as a binder, quartz sand, glass particles as the primary aggregate, and quartz powder as the main filler made of a kind of artificial stone. Quartz stone inherited natural granite hard texture, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and natural marble color exquisite, high-grade advantages, widely used in the kitchen, bathroom, windowsill, dining room, and other countertops, mainly in interior decoration.
In the United States, Canada, Australia, and other sparsely populated countries, the house is large, has strong consumer power, the installation of island tables in the kitchen is more common, the average household consumption of quartzite amount is more significant, and the high-end color is more popular. In Europe, South Korea, and other developed countries, quartz stone consumption is also more critical. In the past decade, with China’s rising per capita income, the domestic consumption of quartz stone in the rapid growth of high-end color applications continues to increase.
① Fair color, less texture, the apparent color difference.
② Hard texture, scratch-resistant, corrosion-resistant, green and radiation-free
③ High antifouling properties, water or ordinary cleaner, can be cleaned up
④ Poor heat resistance, avoid direct contact with high-temperature objects
Artificial quartz stone products, mainly used in kitchen and bathroom countertops, have a wide range of demand worldwide.
- Marble, or dolomite, is a recrystallized limestone; the main component is CaCO₃. Limestone softens at high temperatures and pressures and recrystallizes to form marble when the contained minerals change. The main features are calcium and dolomite, and they come in many colors, often with distinctive patterns and many mineral grains. The Mohs hardness ranges from 2.5 to 5. MMarble generally contains impurities and calcium carbonate in the atmosphere by carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Still, it is easy to weather and dissolve, and the surface quickly loses luster.
Marble is generally softer physically, which is relative to granite. In interior decoration, TV countertops, window sills, indoor flooring, and others are suitable for using marble. Marble is a trade name, not a petrological definition. Marble is a major category of natural building and decorative stone, which generally refers to metamorphosed or metamorphosed carbonate Sintered Stone Slabs with decorative functions that can be processed into building stones or handicrafts. It is named after the stone with brilliant color and pattern produced by Dancang Mountain in Dali City, Yunnan Province, China. Marble generally refers to marble, limestone, dolomite, silica, and marble formed by different alterations of carbonate Sintered Stone Slabs.
① Natural unique pattern, with a natural color difference texture
② Hard texture, lack of toughness, easy to fracture
③ Natural voids, easy to penetrate staining and pollution, need maintenance
④ stains need to be cleaned up in time to avoid deep inside
⑤ Diligent repair and care to maintain smoothness to prevent damage to the cracks
Natural marble is unique, so this natural stone has been quite popular in the interior space project. It is also the most common building stone for decoration. Using marble in the interior is favored, whether in hotels, office buildings, shopping malls, or private residential projects.