Features of artificial stone washes
manufacturers offer the consumer artificial stone products in a wide range. It is generally considered that washers made of artificial stone have high reliability due to the uniform structure of the material. Being resistant to the effects of household liquids, such a washing can serve for quite a long time without changing its appearance.
However, by the appearance of the product it is very difficult to determine its quality. Not all manufacturers operating on the market provide high quality washes made of artificial stone.
To make the right choice, you should have an idea about the peculiarities of the manufacturing process of such products and know what shortcomings they have.
Companies producing artificial stone washers often actively advertise their products, emphasizing the advantages and advantages of their product. In most cases, manufacturers give correct information, but still prefer to keep quiet about the features of washes that do not allow them to compete fully with other materials.
The main disadvantage of stone washes is a relatively high price. Budgetary such option of washing with all desire cannot be called. Artificial stone significantly loses in relation to the price of alternative materials, among which stainless steel and porcelain are more popular.
Washes made of acrylic stone
Very often washers are made of acrylic stone. This polymer material consists of fine mineral particles, acrylic resin, and colouring pigment. The main drawback of acrylic stone washing is that it is easily scratched. Particularly sensitive to such mechanical influences are uniform in color glossy materials.
When choosing a wash made of acrylic stone, it is best to leave aside chocolate, dark grey, black and other dark tones. The scratches that appeared on such a sink would be hard to catch the eye.
The significance of the shortcoming can be reduced by picking up acrylic wash of beige and grey shades. It is best if the stone will have a speck, a rich texture and a grainy pattern similar in texture to natural marble.
The second “minus” acrylic washes is that they do not withstand the effects of high temperatures. In other words, if you place a hot pan in such a wash for a while, it may show a distinctly visible spot. Manufacturers of acrylic washes assure that in case of such trouble the washing can be directly on the spot undergo simple restoration without dismantling the product. In this case, spots, scuffs or scratches disappear, and the wash looks like a new one. And yet even such cosmetic cleaning requires time, effort and additional financial costs.
Washers from agglomerate Agglomerate
are called stone, which contains in its composition a significant part of natural minerals, such as marble, quartz or granite. To improve consumer properties, sand and glass particles, fine quartz sand and paint pigments are also added to such artificial stone. The binding base of such stone is polyester resin.
Sinks from the agglomerate have a higher strength when compared with acrylic products.
Agglomerated stone is unfortunately less plastic than acrylic materials. Therefore, if you buy a product of too complex shape you risk getting deformations in the form of microscopic cracks over time. Of course, it is almost impossible to distinguish them on the eye, but in fact there are stitches on the wash. Each such seam can cause more serious deformation in the form of a “full” crack or chipped material. In particular, increase the probability of this temperature difference when exposed to water washing.
In addition, agglomerates are a very heavy dense material. It is very difficult to process and install. And abrasive substances washing from agglomerated stone is afraid more than acrylic. If the surface is glossy, then after long operation it may well appear microscopic scratches. Even if the functionality of the washing is not reflected, the appearance of the product will no longer be new and sparkling.
If you decide to undergo the agglomerate restoration, you should know that polishing this artificial stone requires special equipment and is very time-consuming. To return such a wash the original shine, you will need to attract professionals.
Knowing about these features of artificial stone washes, you will be able to carefully approach the choice of the product, weigh all the “pros” and “cons” of each type of wash before buying a particular product. Before making a final purchase decision, be sure to ask the seller what guarantees you will receive in addition to washing made of artificial stone. Usually, warranty obligations and rules of use of the product are reflected in the contract of sale.