Comparison with other materials

Engineered stone is one of the most durable, technologically and design-wise most sophisticated and world sought-after materials for kitchen worktops.

TechniStone® vs.laminated boards

  TechniStone® Laminated boards
BENEFITS Low water absorption
High tensile
resistance to staining and mechanical damage          Compact and uniform structure
pattern throughout the depth of the slab
Easy maintenance
Large selection of colors and designs
without the need for impregnation
Low price
Allows for the possibility of working directly with carpenters
DIS
ADVANTAGES
Higher weight
higher cost
necessity of  processing in a stonemason workshop
Low resistance to scratches
Low resistance to chemical damage
Absorbency (swelling)
Low resistance to mechanical damage
Visible joints
No possibility of reprocessing


 

Comparison of TechniStone® vs.natural granite
 

  TechniStone® Natural granite / granite
BENEFITS low water absorption
High strength
Resistance to staining
Lower weight uniformity of structure
Higher design possibilities
Low Flammability
No thermal expansion 
Possibility of thicknesses over3 cm
DIS
ADVANTAGES
higher thermal expansion
higher flammability
higher absorption capacity
Lower rigidity
lower stain resistance
Higher weight
Unstable structural uniformity


 

TechniStone® vs. natural marble
 

  TechniStone® Natural marble
BENEFITS High resistance to chemicals (acids)
Higher rigidity
Low absorbency
High strength
Higher resistance to stains
Lower weight
Better structural uniformity
Better design options
Lower flammability
No thermal expansion
Possibility of greater thicknesses over 3 cm
DIS
ADVANTAGES
Higher flammability
Higher thermal expansion
Lower resistance against chemicals (acids)
Higher absorbency
Lower strength
Low stain resistance
Higher weight


 

Comparison TechniStone® vs. Ceramics
 

  TechniStone® Ceramics
BENEFITS High impact resistance
High strength and mechanical resistance, low moisture absorption
Consistent pattern throughout the thickness of the plate possibility of trimming of the edge processing
Possibility of processing beyond 3cm thickness.
Possibility of production of sinks / basins flat parts
Drip grooves
High abrasion and scratch resistance
higher fire reaction class
Option of small thicknesses up to 1 cm
Low flammability
No thermal expansion
Higher chemical resistance
DIS
ADVANTAGES
Higher thermal expansion
Higher flammability coefficient
Low impact resistance
Lower abrasive and mechanical resistance
Higher absorbency
Pattern design possible often only on the surface of the board / decor printing only on the surface
Problematic  processing of edges

 

Comparison TechniStone® vs. solid surface

  TechniStone® Solid surface
BENEFITS High impact resistance
High abrasive and mechanical resistance
Higher reaction to fire class
Possibility of thicknesses up to 3 cm
Possibility of production of sinks / washbasins from flat parts
Formability
Lower weight
Possibility of small thickness up to 1 cm
Possibility of production of sinks / washbasins in slabs
DIS
ADVANTAGES
Higher weight Low impact resistance
Low resistance to abrasion and scratches
Lower rigidity and mechanical resistance
Thickness up to 19 mm

A precise comparative analysis of the average values of basic physical and mechanical properties of the most frequently used materials for the production of kitchen worktops.

Natural stone - Granite
  • granite is a traditional material with good resistance, very commonly used as a building material

General comparison table: Engineered quartz-based stone (ES) / Natural stone - Granite (NG)

Property Results of hardened quartz-based stone (ES)
chemical resistance the same(SiO2 is the foundation of both materials)
resistance to abrasion and scratch same (SiO2 is the foundation of both materials)
Hardness same (SiO2 is the foundation of both materials)
Water absorption Better(ES <0.05%, NG 0.1 - 1.6%)
Tensile strength in bending Higher (ES> 40 MPa, NG <25 MPa)
Flexibility Better flexibility for the same thickness
Thermal expansion Worse (higher coefficient)
Stain resistance Better (lower ES absorption)
Polishing, cutting, machining Same (SiO2 is the basis of both materials)
Weight Better (ES is lighter)
Uniformity of structure Mostly better
Small thickness Better (1 cm and 1.2 cm standard for ES)
Large thickness Worse (ES board is limited by 3 cm thickness)
Design options Same or better (ES - individual design)

 

Natural stone - Marble
  • marble is a luxury material with a characteristic (soft, waxy) appearance

General comparison table: Engineered quartz-based stone (ES) / Natural stone - Marble (NM)

Property Results of hardened quartz-based stone (ES)
Chemical resistance Much better (marble - CaCO3 = low resistance)
Abrasion and scratch resistance Better (CaCOmarble3 = lower hardness)
Hardness Higher (CaCOmarble3 = lower hardness)
Absorbency Better (ES <0.05%, NM 0, 1 - 0.6%)
Flexural tensile strength Higher (ES> 40 MPa, NM <20 MPa)
Flexibility Better flexibility for the same thickness
Thermal expansion Worse (higher coefficient)
Stain resistance Better
Polishing, cutting, machining Slightly different (SiO2 is harder than CaCO3)
Weight Better (ES is lighter)
Uniformity of structure Mostly better
Small thickness Better (1 cm and 1.2 cm standard for ES)
Large thickness Worse (ES board is limited to 3 cm thickness)
Design options Same or better (ES - individual design)

 

Ceramics
  • large-format ceramic tiles are a substitute suitable for application on kitchen countertops and facades

General comparison table: Hardened quartz-based stone (ES) / Ceramics (C)

Property Results of hardened quartz-based stone (ES)
Chemical resistance Same or slightly worse (ES does not resist strong acids and alkalis)
Abrasion and scratch resistance Same or slightly worse
Hardness Same or slightly worse
Absorbency Better (C <0.1%, ES <0.05%)
Flexural tensile strength Higher (ES up to 90 MPa , C to 60 MPa)
Flexibility Better flexibility for the same thickness
Impact resistance Higher (ES <9 J, C <5% - for board thickness 20 mm)
Stain resistance Same
Polishing, cutting, machining Much better (ES processing is easier)
Weight generally the same
Reaction to fire worse (EC grade 2, C class A1)
Small thickness Worse (ES min 10 mm C min 5 mm)
Large thickness Equal or better (C 3 cm plate is not very common)
Design options generally the same C has wider options in printing

 

Marble-based technical stone
  • material produced by Breton using a mixture of crushed marble, polyester resin and color pigments, pressed into blo

General comparison table: Engineered quartz-based stone (ES) / Hardened marble-based stone (MB)

Property Results of hardened quartz-based stone (ES)
Chemical resistance Much better (marble - CaCO3 = low resistance)
Abrasion and scratch resistance Better (CaCOmarble3 = lower hardness)
Hardness Higher (CaCOmarble3 = lower hardness)
Absorbency Better (ES <0.05%, MB <0.2%)
Bending tensile strength Higher (ES> 40 MPa, MB 10–35 MPa)
Flexibility Better flexibility for the same thickness
Thermal expansion Same or slightly worse
Stain resistance Better
Polishing, cutting, machining Slightly different (SiO2 is harder than CaCO3)
Weight Slightly lower
Reaction to fire Same
Small thickness Same
Large thickness Same or worse (ES board is limited to 3 cm thickness)
Design options A littlebetter MB –( marble pieces limit appearance)

 

Solid surface
  • materials "solid surface" consist of an acrylate polymer and alumina hydrate and are versatile and workable at temperatures up to 149 ° C

General comparative table: Quartz stone based on quartz (EC) / solid surface (SC)

Property Results of hardened quartz-based stone (ES)
Chemical resistance Same or better
Abrasion and scratch resistance Significantly better (SC has lower hardness)
Hardness Higher (SC has higher acrylic resin content)
Absorbency Generally the same
flexural tensile strength Generally the same (ES 40–90 MPa, SC 50–75 MPa)
Flexibility Slightly lower (SC has a higher acrylic resin content)
Workability Worse (ES is as strong as natural stone)
Stain resistance Generally the same
Polishing, cutting, machining Slightly different (SiO2 is much harder )
Weight Higher (ES is heavier)
Cigarette fire resistance Significantly higher (ES has lower resin content)
Reaction to fire Better (ES class A2, SC class C)
Large thickness Better (SC boards are l imitated with a thickness of 19 mm)
Design options Same

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