News: What is engineered stone?
What is engineered stone? Is it same as quartz stone? Is it Artificial stone? Please see bleow, you will get answer.
Engineered stone aslo called quartz stone is a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, (most commonly polymer resin, with some newer versions using cement mix). The two common stones used in producing these products are marble and quartz. The application of these products depends on the original stone used. For engineered marbles the most common application is indoor flooring and walls, while the quartz based product is used primarily for kitchen countertops or bathroom vanity tops. Related materials include geopolymers and cast stone. Unlike terrazzo, the material is factory made in either blocks or slabs, cut and polished by fabricators, and assembled at the worksite. Dust from cutting or polishing engineered stone made with quartz poses a risk of silicosis. Engineered stone products are gaining in popularity; many shopping malls, resident, condo and department stores around the world use engineered marble for floors, wall, kitchen and bathroom. Research reported in Consumer Reports magazine in 2010 reveals virtually no difference in performance between quartz based products and sealed granite.
Engineered stone (US name) is also commonly referred to as agglomerate or agglomerated stone, the last term being that recognised by European Standards (EN 14618), although to add to the terminological confusion, this standard also includes materials manufactured with a cementitious binder. The quartz version (which end consumers are much more likely to directly deal with) is commonly known as 'quartz surface' or just 'quartz'.