Engineered stone slabs are created by bonding up to 94% natural quartz, one of nature's hardest minerals, with aggregates, pigments and enhanced polymer resins to provide a beautiful stone surface with excellent heat, stain, scratch and chip resistance.
At Artisan Stone we prefer reputable international brands using the patented Breton "vibrocompression vacuum process”, including Caesarstone, Quantam Quartz, Silestone, Compaq and Santa Margherita. This is because we trust the quality, composition and food safety rating of the resulting engineered quartz slabs, all of which meet the international NSF/ANSI 51 sanitary standards, approved for installation in hospitals, restaurants, hotels and more.
Surface detailing such as milled drainer areas or drainer grooves may void the manufacturer’s warranty on the piece of stone, as the polish in these areas may change slightly over the life of the product. Please check with us if this is a concern.
Engineered stone products should not be used in exterior applications as direct exposure to sunlight can discolour the resin and cause lighter colours to yellow and darker colours to fade.
Benefits of quartz (manufactured using the full Breton process)
- Scratch, stain & heat resistant
- Consistent slab size
- Strong in lighter colour options not naturally occurring in granite
- Zero porosity
- Low maintenance, easy to clean
- Kitchen benchtops
- Vanity tops
- Reception/bar counters
- Splashbacks & upstands
Additional uses include