If you already know sintered stone and are looking for the sintered stone colour options we’re supplying, please visit the two brands we distribute in Malaysia.
- Dekton – Spain imported Sintered Stone
- Moca Compact – Malaysia brand sintered stone OEM China Sintered Stone
What is Sintered Stone?
Also known as porcelain slab, compact stone or ultra-compact stone. Sintered stone in Chinese is called “岩板 Yan Ban”.
It’s an engineered stone combined with multiple natural ingredients and compressed with a 15000 – 28000 tons high-pressure machine without using resin. This process is called the sintering process.
This is how sintered stone gets its name.
This process mimics how nature uses high pressure to create a natural stone under the mountain.
After compressing, the manufacturer will bake the slab with 1200℃ heat to form a solid hard stone slab material. Then print any pattern and veins on the slab.
This is why the sintered stone is a very hard material and not tolerant to flexibility (this might be a disadvantage in a specific situation).
We recommend you read the in-depth quartz stone article before reading further. It’ll help you understand sintered stone faster and easier.
The below article will explain some extra sintered stone advantages and disadvantages.
Sintered Stone Has Smaller Porous
It might be redundant because quartz stone porous is already small enough to resist water penetration.
The sintered stone’s water absorption is 0.02% compared to 0.05% of a quartz stone.
In reality, you can notice the difference. But it’s good to know that sintered stone has smaller porous.
Sintered Stone Resist Higher Heat
The sintered stone can resist up to 300℃ of heat, whereas the quartz stone resists up to 200℃.
You no longer need to worry about causing a burnt mark if you unintentionally put a hot pot on top.
It saves a lot of hassle.
Sintered Stone Has Lower Scratch Resistance
Sintered stone has a slightly lower Mohs Hardness Scale, 6.5, whereas quartz stone is 7. It’s enough to resist scratches on 95% of the kitchen utensils.
Accidentally slide the top with a cutter? No worry!
Moving kitchen utensils on top? No worry at all!
Sintered Stone Has 2 Finish Options
Quartz stone on the market 95% is a polished finish.
47.5% of sintered stone on the market is a high gloss finish
Another 47.5% is a smooth matt finish.
Balance 10% is either rough, 3D texture or others.
High gloss: It looks gorgeous like glass. It’s reflective. It also carries some glass characteristics.
It reflects light.
Sometimes, there is a hairline scratches which cannot be seen without reflection from light.
You can spot your fingerprint.
You can see dried water marks if you wipe with a regular cloth.
Recommend you use a microfibre cloth to keep your high gloss sintered stone beautiful.
Smooth Matt: It’s a matt finish but smooth to be touched. Significantly reduce light reflection.
Not a fingerprint magnet. No dried water marks.
It does not look at gorgeous as a high gloss finish.
Sintered Stone Colour Is Almost Unlimited
There is no limitation on colour options with the latest stone printing technology.
Marble, terrazzo, granite, solid, wood, flower, Murandi colour, bamboo, tree’s pattern, veins and shades. We can even print our family photo if there is no minimum order quantity.
But natural stone series still playing a big part in slab colour.
Sintered Stone Not Afraid of UV Ray
The resin in the quartz stone can’t resist UV Ray for long. We did mention it in the quartz stone article.
We can’t use quartz stone in a sunlight environment.
The UV Ray will dim the resin, causing colour fading and discolouration after a few years (depending on sunlight direction).
But sintered stone can use in outdoor environments such as a facade (building outdoor wall) or outdoor car park flooring.
Still, remember? Sintered stone is compressed. It is not bonded with resin.
Sintered Stone Is Perfect Stone?
Sorry to disappointment, the perfect stone is not invented yet.
The cons of using sintered stone is low impact resistant. Heavy item fall from a high place might crack it.
Unlike quartz stone with resin inside. The top will just dented.
People Usually Use Sintered Stone As?
- Wall Cladding
Sintered Stone Outdoor Applications
Without resin, sintered stone is a perfect stone for outdoor applications.
- Building Facades
- Car porch flooring
- Outdoor barbeque pits
- Gate pillar