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    What is Sintered Stone?

    Sintered Stone is a popular choice among both designers and homeowners due to the versatility, beauty, practicality and affordability of the product. Brands such as Lapitec manufacture Sintered Stone that are used for everything from kitchen worktops to pool tiling, but what, exactly, is Sintered Stone?

    How is Sintered Stone made?

    Sintered Stone is manufactured using recent technological advancements which mimic the processes that form natural stones. 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, colour and texture. These particles are then subject to extreme heat and pressure – just like they would be deep in the earth’s crust for thousands of years, but achieved much quicker. When the process is finished, the particles are bonded together permanently, without the need for resins or bonding agents, to created Sintered Stone.

    What are the benefits of Sintered Stone?

    To the untrained eye, Sintered Stone is almost impossible to distinguish from natural stone – unless it’s been made in some unlikely colour or pattern! Benefits of Sintered Stone include:

    • Durable material
    • Weatherproof
    • Unaffected by heat or cold
    • Waterproof
    • Stainproof
    • Very hard to chip, scratch or damage
    • Easy to clean
    • Food safe and hygienic
    • Non-porous which means the stone doesn’t need sealing

    What is Sintered Stone used for?

    Different manufacturers target their products at different markets, which speaks to the versatility of the stone. Sintered Stone can be used for almost anything natural stone can be. At Surrey Marble & Granite we supply both Dekton and Lapitec Sintered Stone collections. Lapitec’s range can be used for the following:

    • Kitchen worktops
    • Bathroom vanities
    • Wall cladding
    • Flooring
    • Stairs
    • 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 as if you want a particularly huge item, you may need to join multiple slabs together. Fortunately, the consistency between slabs of sintered stone, such as Lapitec, 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), which is the size of a typical single bedroom. Slabs are manufactured in different thicknesses for different uses.

    Sintered Stone vs Quartz

    Sintered stone has a better resistance to stains, impacts, heat and chemicals compared with Quartz, heat resistance is a particularly popular characteristic as Quartz can have burn marks or change colour when subjected to heat.

    Sintered Stone is an excellent option for outdoor projects as it is weatherproof and waterproof, whereas it is not recommended to use quartz outside.

    Both Quartz and Sintered Stone are harder than Granite an available in a variety of colours.

    To discuss more benefits of Sintered Stone and if it would be the best option for your project, get in touch with an expert at SMG.

    Can I install Sintered Stone worktops myself?

    As Sintered Stone is a tough stone, it is not recommended that you try to install this product yourself as Sintered Stone needs to be cut 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.

    Sintered Stone Countertop Installation

    If you’re looking for expert advice or help installing a Sintered Stone Countertop, our experienced professionals at SMG are on hand to help choose the right options for your project and offer a complete service, from design to installation. Our local experts are available to install your Sintered Stone project to your home or business, speak to our team to find out more.

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