Terrazzo is mainly made up of cement, marble or granite chips and coloured pigment. Terrazzo can have small chips or large chips. Both are commonly used in flooring and come in a variety of colours. Unlike other engineered stones, terrazzo has a high absorption factor and therefore must be sealed to avoid staining. Once sealed and polished it is very hard wearing, however the high gloss does wear away with time and weather. It is commonly used in high traffic areas.
Quantum Quartz® contains 93% quartz mixed with resins and bonding agents. It does not require sealing and is an affordable option to natural stone. It comes in approximately 20 colours and a variety of finishes from high gloss to honed. It is used for kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, bathtub surrounds, floors, walls, furniture, fireplace surrounds, swimming pools and high traffic areas such as shopping centres and large public places.
Silestone® is a registered trade name of Cosentino. It contains around 90% of natural quartz, has a shimmering quality and contains an anti-bacterial product also registered to Cosentino called Microban®. It is mainly used for kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, showers, bathtub surrounds, walls, tabletops and fireplace surrounds. It comes in a wide variety of hues, styles, textures and colours and is advertised as being stain and impact resistant.
TechniStone® surfaces are made from a combination of 93% quartz and granite, mixed with a blend of resin and coloured pigments. The material is claimed to be durable, non porous, scratch and chemical resistant, and comes in a variety of colours, finishes and thicknesses. It is often used for kitchens benchtops, bathroom vanities and outdoor pavers. There are several different collections – Noble, Starlight, Essential, Rustic, Harmonia, Exterior.
Smartstone is made up of 93% granite and mixed with resins and pigments. It is reported to be resistant to heat, scratching, chips, oils, liquids. It comes with a 15 year warranty and is a popular choice for indoor applications such as kitchen benchtops, splash backs, bathroom vanities and wall panelling. Collections include Santorini whites, Toledo creams, Paris rich greens and browns, Milan blacks and greys, and Naturale semi-matte honed look.
HanStone® is made up of up to 93% quartz. It has a gloss finish, comes in 40 colours and is more consistent in colour and texture than natural granite. It is promoted as being non-porous, resistant to staining, scratching and heat.
It comes in a range of blacks, greys, whites and browns, closely resembling the look of natural granite. It comes with a factory seal however cares must be taken to clean up spills immediately, especially dark liquids.