Acrylic stone is an environmentally friendly material. But we should remember that the thermoplastic acrylic stone at 180 C, so the surface will remain traces of the hot pans, but this can be avoided by using metallic inserts. However, when a large number colors of the stone production technology allows you to create a color of granite type (ie, point). Write a divorce, spots, streaks, stripes to mimic the natural marble or onyx with the use of technology acrylic stone impossible. Molded stone is produced by casting in a specially prepared form. .
This technology allows artificial stone, imitating marble, onyx, malachite. At the heart of marble molding – A mixture of different natural fillers (such as marble or granite chips, fiberglass, various kinds of stone retention, polimermineralnye fillers, etc.), pigment and binder (polymer resin). Environmentally friendly material depends on the components selected by the manufacturer. “Liquid Stone” – coating technology foundation (often ADI), a mixture of polymer resins and special fillers (“flakes”). Has the worst properties in comparison with acrylic stone. Unlike acrylic and molded artificial stone manufacturer “liquid stone” does not require technological production, so the workers can be made without special knowledge, certification and quality control. Theoretically, the product with the surface of “liquid stone” should occupy a niche economy class, but due to low awareness of people, these products are selling much more expensive than their real value. Environmentally friendly This material is questionable.
Agglomerates – manufactured on special equipment using the technology block-making and vacuuming, so get nonporous, resistant to impact, scratches, cracks, cleavages surface. It consists of 95% natural stone and 3-5% of the polymer matrix, so its properties agglomerates are most similar to natural stone. Traditional agglomerates (manufacturers ROVER, QUARELLA, SANTA MARGHERITA (Italy), COSENTINO (Trademark of Silestone), MARMOL COMPAC (Spain), TECHNISTONE (Czech Republic)) consists of a crumb of marble, granite or quartzite, polyester resin, colored organic dyes. Recently become increasingly popular Quartz agglomerate consisting of 95% of powder or chips of quartz. Since quartz harder material than granite and marble, so the artificial stones are made on the basis of marble or granite more prone to scratches, shocks, corrosive liquids than Quartz composites. Environmentally friendly material depends on the manufacturer of the polymer matrix. Leading manufacturers are using organic mineral pigments and resins.