What is this material?
When it comes to countertops, the first thought is usually quartz or granite. However, there's a new material, Sintered stone. Popular in Europe, already taking over 70% of the market. Sintered stone is like porcelain, but is subjected to much higher pressure and heat during manufacturing, resulting in a metamorphic process to bind natural materials with out resins or binders.
By taking natural minerals and processing them with this method, the end result has outstanding physical properties such as resistance, durability and compactness. While great for countertops, Sintered stone can be used for virtually any surface, from patios to fireplaces, this material is the modern solution.
Sintered Stone applications
Benefits of Sintered stone
Resistant to marks and scratches due to the hardness of the material. The most scratch resistant surface on the market.
Resin-free. Does not release any harmful substance into the environment.
Resistant to ice and freezing
Freezing temperatures do not effect the strength or durability.
Resistant to UV Rays
Being that the color is 100% natural, their is no deteriorate due to sun or temperature exposure.
Easy to clean
Resistant to bending
Capable of handling high pressure and weight loads.
High Resistance to fire and heat
Resistant to chemical cleaning agents due to the nonporous properties.
Sintered Stone Brands
Frequently Asked Questions
Sintered stone is manufactured using recent technological advancements that mimic the processes which form natural stone. While natural stones like marble, and granite, are formed over thousands of years, Lapitec stone slabs take just a few hours. Minerals and stone particles like the ones found in porcelain or granite are carefully selected for quality, color, and texture. These particles are then subject to extreme heat and pressure – just like they would be deep in the earth’s crust where granite is formed. When the process is finished, the particles are bonded together permanently, without the need for resins or bonding agents.
To the untrained eye, sintered stone is almost impossible to distinguish from natural stone – unless it’s been made in some unlikely color or pattern! Sintered stone is tough as rock and is also:
- Unaffected by heat or cold
- Very hard to scratch or damage
- Easy to clean
- Food safe and hygienic
- Non-porous – doesn’t need sealing
Different manufacturers target their products at different markets, but sintered stone can be used for almost anything natural stone can be. Lapitec, for example, is used for:
- Kitchen worktops
- Bathroom vanities
- Wall cladding
- Patios and outdoor flooring
- Exterior wall cladding
- Fireplace surrounds
- Swimming pool tiling
- Spas and wet rooms
The main limiting factor is the size of the slabs produced, if you want a particularly huge item, you may need to join multiple slabs together. Fortunately, the consistency between slabs of sintered stones is much higher than between slabs of natural stone so matching is easy. The slabs, as manufactured, are large enough for very nearly all domestic uses and most commercial uses. As an example, Lapitec slabs are around 3×1.5m (10x5ft). Slabs are also manufactured in different thicknesses for different uses.
As sintered stone is a tough stone, it is not recommended that you try to install this product yourself. Sintered stone needs to be cut very precisely using special tools and cannot be adjusted on site (you can’t plane a millimetre or two off if it doesn’t fit). Installation should also be undertaken by professionals as the finished stone pieces are heavy so its essential that the stone is properly supported. Any support materials (such as kitchen cabinets) should be checked by experienced stone worktop installers and floors should be professionally levelled to avoid the risk of cracking tiles or slabs when furniture is placed on top.
New material = New possibilities
Thanks to Sintered Stone size ( up to 320 x 144 cm ) the possibilities for new designs in kitchens, bathrooms, facades, walls or high-traffic flooring is exponential.
Sintered Stone comes in three different thicknesses depending on application requirements, with the desired design and effect being 6 to 30 mm on average.
In some rare cases, a 3mm thickness is the ideal size. Applications of this ultra-compact style are primarily airplanes, boats, cabinets, and any other situation where the total weight of the object is critical.
Perfect for Minimalistic Kitchens
Slim is great for minimalist kitchen designs. Ideal for busy family homes or properties intended for tenancy. Dekton offers a high resistance to scratches, heat, fire, and stains, making it a practical choice.
Due to its thin thickness and ultra-lightweight properties (10kg/m2), Slim is easier to cut, transport and install. Adjustments on-site using ceramic tile tools are also possible. In addition, Dekton Slim is available at a lower price point. This makes it possible to save money on installation whilst still having a high-end, luxury look.
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From bid signing, Minimum of one to two weeks till installation.
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