11 Reasons Why Sintered Stone is Better Than Quartz

Whether you are a homeowner renovating a kitchen or backyard, or a commercial architect designing a hospital, stadium or renovating a lobby or bathroom, you should be using sintered stone.

Haven’t heard of it? No worries, it is still relatively untapped in the US market, but it is starting to get it legs with the more progressive design community, as they get up to speed on its superior features and its most intriguing characteristic: it makes homes, people and the planet healthier.

Here I will assuage your guilt for being uninformed by giving you a quick breakdown of the top ten reasons you should be using sintered stone, and at the end, I will throw in an extra one for free.

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1. It is THE most Durable surface you can get

Sintered stone is a matrix of minerals heated (sintered) to form a solid impenetrable mass that results in a surface that cannot be etched, scratched, burned, or stained. Quartz can cower because sintered stone has them backed into a corner performance-wise. So while the market is flooded with copious quantities of quarried quartz, sintered stone stealthily swings in with a superior set of features.

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2. It has Textures and Patterns

Brands like Lapitec, (Latin for “stone” “technology”) have incorporated textures into their standard palette. Sintered stones are cast with an inherent texture, and unlike quartz and stone which have to be “blasted” or treated to create a texture, sintered stone has built-in depth, feel and anti-slip properties.  The textures are offered at varying levels to impart a warmer feel as a counter or cladding or as a grip for shower floors, pool decks, or flooring.

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3. Put that Pot Down

Calm down Cali and Colorado, we are talking cooking and kitchens here. The eye-rolling consumer question of “can I put a hot pot on it” just got a new answer. With quartz, you can yellow or mar the surface with extreme temperature exposure, but with sintered stones, they are formed at such high temperatures and with such a tight matrix, that you CAN put that hot pot down. So radiant flooring is no problem, and to the other degree (temp jokes!) – the material is also frost resistant, so can be used as cladding in extreme climates or for outdoor kitchens where winters can be fierce.

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4. Party on the Patio

Finally, a material that can actually be used outdoors, look amazing today and look amazing in ten years. The UV resistance of sintered stones means they hold up to the sun, and will not yellow over time like quartz. The inability to endure exposure to the sun is a known limitation of quartz and sintered stone was formulated to overcome that issue.

5. Take a Cue from the Europeans

Europe has rapidly been switching to sintered stone, for its more sleek look and outstanding performance. Trends tend to take a while to make their way to the US from Europe, but this is your chance to proactively get ahead by watching what they’re doing and become an early adopter of European design trends.

6. Marble-less Options

Everything from phone cases to laptop covers have that faux-marble pattern, and sintered stone is no exception, but these companies favor much more modern, unique designs, rather than simply copying marble patterns in a lame attempt to imitate something that used to be perceived as prestigious but no longer is, due to its overused pattern.

7. It is Healthy

Sintered stone is easily cleaned and does not have any resins, most notably petroleum, which is found in quartz. Its structure is bound together by heat and pressure, not resins and plastic, making it a much healthier option. It also has a very low silica content compared to stone and quartz, so it is much healthier to those that cut it and don’t have to breathe in that toxic silica (now being severely regulated by OSHA, finally).

Lapitec commercial exterior cladding

8. It is Really Healthy

We talked about how Lapitec uses Bio-Care, which is baked into the surface during production, but it does more than just complete the matrix, it imparts hydrophilic features and kills E. Coli and Staphylococcus on contact. That makes this surface SUPER healthy for homes, hospitals and anywhere you want to be – well, clean.

9. It is Even Healthier Than That!

Due to the superior, compact composition of sintered stone, there is no need to seal it. Meaning no chemicals or toxic components are needed to keep it from being damaged during its lifetime and no annual sealing schedule is required, unlike granite, quartz, marble and other stones.

10. It is Even Healthy for the Planet

Some sintered stones (like Lapitec and others that use topical treatments on their surface) can actually react with UV light to clean the air. Say what? Yes, they break down pollution through a chemical reaction. So 100m2 of sintered stone can break down the CO2 equivalent of 25 trees. In less time. This product was innovated with the future of surfacing AND THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET IN MIND.  Mind blown?

11. Freebie: Top 10 is so 2017.  This is the Top 11.

So what else could there be?  You can have a healthier home, healthier planet, sleek, European design, flooring, walls, and counters that incorporate texture and patterns with superior performance and no maintenance?

The last reason that you should be using sintered stone is because you are a SMART PERSON. You like to try new things and you believe that innovation is what leads to success and progress.  If you don’t, you should start researching quartz. Check out the CaraGreen blog to learn all of the latest updates when it comes to quartz and the building materials industry as a whole.

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