Sintered Products – New to the market, many porcelain or ultra compact products have recently been introduced to the wall, floor and bench top industry. Brands including Dekton, Laminam, Maximum and Neolith are worked with regularly and offer a fantastic alternative to stone. Some of the stand out benefits include being lightweight, heat resistant, UV resistant, scratch resistant, stain resistant and resistant to ice and thawing. They are non porous, and non combustible making them suitable for a wide range of commercial and residential uses.
Reconstituted Stone – Reconstituted Stone is an alternative to natural stone. It provides exceptional results in strength, durability and stain resistance and captures the elegance of natural stone with a low level of maintenance. Similar to Granite, Reconstituted Stone is highly resistant to cracks, chips and stains making it an easy choice for any kitchen. There are a number of suppliers including Caesarstone, Silestone, Smartstone and Quantum Quartz with a vast variety of designer colour choices and varying finishes.
Granite – Granite is a natural product that offers great colour and grain variation. It is renown for being less porous than marble, resistant to staining and scratching and of course aesthetically appealing. Granite retains a relatively maintenance free surface indefinitely so it is especially suitable to kitchen bench tops and high traffic areas. Across the world, granite’s use in both domestic and commercial development is extremely popular due to the extensive colour range and different textures available.
Marble – Marble carries with it an heir of luxury and history, a natural product unparalleled in beauty and elegance. It’s unique and exclusive nature has caused it to become the stone of choice for many households, however one must be mindful of its deficiencies. Marble is a porous stone and much more likely to scratch because of its structure. Recommended for bathrooms and formal areas that are less-trafficked.