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What Is Artificial Quartz Stone?

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Choosing the right stone material is an important decision when we are considering a renovation or construction project. In this field, artificial quartz stone has become one of the increasingly popular choices. Its unique appearance and performance make it popular for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and other surface applications.

This article will explore the advantages, characteristics, and comparisons of artificial quartz stone with other materials to provide you with a deeper understanding and help you make informed decisions in your design and decoration.

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Table of Contents

I. What is artificial stone and its advantages and disadvantages?

1. What is artificial stone?

Artificial stone is a composite material made from crushed stone held together by an adhesive, most commonly a polymer resin, with some newer versions using a cementitious mixture. This category includes artificial quartz, polymer concrete and artificial marble.

The process of making artificial stone usually involves mixing natural quartz particles, resins, pigments and other additives together, then solidifying and shaping them through a process of high temperature and pressure. This production process gives artificial stone a certain degree of hardness, sturdiness and wear resistance, while also enabling customization of various colors and textures.

Artificial stone is a stone substitute made from man-made synthetic materials and is commonly used in construction, decoration and furniture manufacturing. This type of material is designed to mimic the appearance and performance of natural stone while having more consistent properties to meet specific design needs. Artificial stone can be used to make various surfaces such as countertops, floors, walls, and bathroom vanities.

2. Advantages and disadvantages of artificial stone

● Advantages

(1) Not easy to fade

The surface of artificial stone is not easy to fade, and it also has the texture of natural stone, which is very decorative. In addition, its appearance is seamless, it is not easy for water to enter, its water absorption rate is low, its anti-fouling and anti-fouling effect is very good, and it is easier to clean!

(2) Wear resistance

Artificial stone is also a stone material, has certain wear resistance and has a relatively long service life. Moreover, the stone has a certain temperature resistance and is very durable if used as a countertop!

(3) Very malleable

Artificial stone itself is artificially manufactured and has strong plasticity. Stones of various colors can be produced according to market demand. The decoration effect is also very good.

(4) Environmental protection

Natural elements like resin and stone powder are used as the raw ingredients for artificial stone, despite the fact that it is artificially produced. When building, there is no need to combine any dangerous materials. Artificial stone is therefore comparatively eco-friendly and green!

(5) Consistency

Artificial stone looks and performs more consistently than natural stone because the production process allows for greater control over the material’s composition and texture.

(6) Wear resistance

Artificial stone generally has a high hardness and wear resistance, making it suitable for surfaces that receive frequent use, such as kitchen countertops.

(7) Customization of color and texture

When making artificial stone, various colors and texture effects can be achieved by adding pigments and adjusting the distribution of particles.

(8) Antibacterial properties

Because the surface of artificial stone is usually very dense, it may be less permeable to bacteria and mold and have some antibacterial properties.

(9) Easy to clean

Artificial stone usually has a smooth surface that is impermeable to liquids, making it easier to clean.

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● Disadvantages

(1) Poor shrinkage performance

After all, artificial stone is made of stone powder and has poor shrinkage performance. If there are frequent temperature differences between hot and cold, it will be prone to cracking and damage.

(2) Not heat resistant

High temperatures can easily cause artificial stone to lose its luster. Compared with some natural stones, artificial stone may be less resistant to high temperatures. If artificial stone is used as a cabinet countertop, it is best not to place overheated appliances on the stone surface. Otherwise, long-term high temperature will cause the stone to lose its luster and affect its appearance!

(3) Difficulty in repair

Artificial stone is not easily chipped or scratched, but if it does happen, it can be very difficult to repair.

(4) The seams are obvious

Artificial stone’s seams may be more noticeable than natural stone, so if you are installing Artificial stone, ask where they will be placed and why before continuing with the installation process.

(5) Sensitive to scratches

In some cases, artificial stone may be more sensitive to scratches, so care needs to be taken with sharp objects.

(6) May not be as beautiful as natural stone

Although artificial stone can mimic the look of natural stone, some may still believe that natural stone has a more unique aesthetic.

(7) Limited restorability

If the surface of artificial stone is damaged, repair options may be limited, especially when compared to natural stone.

(8) The price is relatively high

While artificial stone is generally less expensive, the price may still be higher compared to some natural stones.

II. Artificial quartz stone

Unlike granite, quartz in nature does not form into large pieces, but only small crystals one by one. Although natural quartz stone comes in various colors such as purple, pink, agate, amber, etc., it is very difficult to use in buildings and interiors. Therefore, quartz-based artificial stone is considered to be the answer for people who love beauty.

1. Ingredients

Artificial quartz stone, also known as quartz-based artificial stone, is an artificial stone mixed with 93% natural quartz stone powder aggregate. It is mainly composed of natural quartz crystals, resin and pigments. Glass powder, 7% polymer component binder, additives and colorants can also be added.

2. Appearance

The appearance of quartz stone typically exhibits a uniform grain structure that mimics the appearance of natural stone while providing a more uniform and consistent color. It can show the texture effect of natural stones such as marble and granite.

3. Features

(1) Wear resistance and scratch resistance

Quartz crystal is an extremely hard mineral, and artificial quartz stone has superior wear resistance and scratch resistance, making it an ideal choice for kitchen countertops. This characteristic enables it to withstand the friction of hard objects such as knives and pots in daily use, and is not prone to obvious scratches.

(2) Antibacterial properties

Due to the denseness of the surface, quartz stone has a certain inhibitory effect on the growth of bacteria, so it has good antibacterial properties.

(3) Anti-fouling

Since the surface is usually specially treated, artificial quartz stone is not easily penetrated by stains and is easy to clean and maintain.

(4) Color and design options

Artificial quartz stone has great flexibility in color and design, giving it a wider range of design options. Manufacturers can create a variety of looks by adding different pigments and minerals to meet the different needs of consumers.

(5) Non-porous structure

Compared with some natural stones, artificial quartz stone is usually non-porous, which means that its surface does not easily absorb liquid, thereby reducing the growth of bacteria and mold.

(6) Uniformity

The production process of artificial quartz stone makes it have uniform color and texture, avoiding the unevenness that may exist in natural stone.

(7) Customizability

Manufacturers can adjust the color, texture and size of artificial quartz stone according to customer needs to adapt to different design requirements.

(8) Easy to maintain

The surface of quartz stone is smooth and non-porous, easy to clean, not easy to penetrate stains, and does not require special sealing treatment.

(9) Environmentally friendly

Some brands of artificial quartz stone use sustainable production methods and are sometimes considered relatively environmentally friendly due to the large amounts of natural quartz in their compositions.

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3. Production process

(1) Raw material preparation

The main raw materials include natural quartz crystals, resins, pigments and other additives. Quartz crystals are usually finely ground and cleaned to ensure the quality of the final product.

● Aggregate

Natural quartz stone is mined from open-pit mines or deep underground minerals. After processes such as soil removal, stone removal, impurity removal, cleaning, and screening, the quartz stone is crushed into different particle sizes such as fine powder, sand, and stone. And become the main material for the production of quartz-based artificial stone.

(2) Mixing and blending

The aggregates are mixed individually and then mixed with binders, additives and other colors to create a mixture of materials.

Quartz crystals are mixed with resins, pigments, and other additives in a specific recipe. The accuracy of the proportions and ingredients of this mixture has a significant impact on the quality and performance of the final product.

(3) Heating and vibration

The mixture is placed in a heating furnace, where it is treated with high temperatures and the resin begins to solidify. At the same time, vibration is used to ensure that the mixture is evenly distributed throughout the process to avoid air bubbles and uneven structures.

(4) Compression molding

The mixture is poured into a plate mold and pressed with a high-pressure vibrator. The mixture is further compressed under high temperature and high pressure to form a block with a certain density and strength.

(5) Cutting and trimming

The artificial quartz stone laminate is polished and cut to standard sizes to match the size and shape requirements of the final product. At this stage, different colors and textures can also be added as needed for the design.

(6) Polishing

Through the grinding and polishing process, the surface of artificial quartz stone is given a smooth and bright appearance.

(7) Quality inspection

Conduct quality control testing to ensure products comply with relevant standards and regulations.

(8) Packaging and shipping

After completing the quality inspection, the final product of artificial quartz stone is packed and then ready to be shipped to the sales market.

Comparison of Artificial Quartz Stone and Natural Quartz Stone

Attributes
Artificial Quartz Stone
Natural Quartz Stone

Main Ingredients

Composed of quartz crystals, resin and pigments.

Composed of naturally occurring quartz crystals.

Manufacturing Process

Quartz crystals are processed and mixed with resins and pigments in a process of high temperature and pressure.

Natural quartz stone is a natural rock formed deep in the earth, and its formation process may have experienced millions of years of geological changes.

Color and Texture

Typically has a uniform color and texture that simulates the appearance of natural quartz stone

Featuring the natural texture and color of naturally occurring quartz crystals.

Customizability

Colors and textures can be customized to meet different design needs.

Not customizable. Each stone is unique and has a personalized look.

Hardness

It has high hardness, strong scratch resistance and wear resistance.

Quartz crystal has high hardness, but its overall wear resistance depends on the other minerals in the stone.

Anti-fouling ability

Usually the surface is smooth, not easy to penetrate liquid, and has strong anti-fouling ability.

Regular sealing is required to prevent liquid penetration.

 

Application

It is often used in kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops, floors and other places where high wear resistance and aesthetics are required.

Suitable for interior decoration such as kitchen and bathroom countertops, floors, and walls.

IV. Conclusion

When choosing artificial quartz stone, consider not only its appearance and performance, but also the budget and sustainability of your project. Taking these factors into consideration, you will be able to choose the best materials for your space, creating a beautiful and durable surface that meets your needs and adds to the unique charm of your space. No matter what stone you choose, you want it to be a sophisticated accent to your home or commercial space.

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