Sintered stone is a material that can be either completely plastic (a zero-natural product) or a mix of natural products and resins with bonding agents). It is most commonly used in the manufacture of kitchen countertops, wall cladding, floor tiles and panels; and is available in a wide assortment of colours, textures and finishes. Sintered stone slabs are designed to mimic the features and aesthetics of natural stone, including granite, but only take a few hours to produce.
Why sintered stone?
Sintered stone offers designers and home owners alike a myriad of benefits. First and foremost, it is a waterproof material, hence the reason why it is such a popular choice for use in kitchens and bathrooms, where humidity levels are high and frequent exposure to liquids is likely.
Sintered stone is also stain-proof, making it effortless to clean and possible to keep it in a good condition for longer periods of time.
Its impressive durability and ability to withstand chipping or scratches is another reason why sintered stone is quickly becoming a go-to building material.
Finally, it is non-porous, which means that it does not usually require any sealing, it is food-safe and hygienic and comes in varying slab sizes, making it a versatile choice for a variety of room and building types.
Sintered stone is available in thicknesses of between 6mm and 30mm – this is unmatched by other types of stone, natural or engineered alike!
All in all, this material provides designers and contractors with a long list of pros, from strength to versatility, which have transformed it into a material that many experts know they can rely on. It is safe to say that it will be possible to see sintered stone in a number of newer architectural projects going forward both in South Africa and around the globe.