The countertop should be not only visually pleasing but also comfortable, functional, durable. It is designed to ensure the room is spotlessly clean. All these requirements meets artificial (composite) stone. Due to the fact that there are no pores, which can accumulate and breed germs, taking care of counter tops made of this material is very simple. It involves wiping the surface with a damp cloth, any contamination is easily removed without the use of any abrasive substances. But their use in no way will damage the countertop.
Artificial stone has many advantages. Among the positive aspects of operation of products made from this material, you should mark them seamless. Composite stone is made from a mixture of different components and is a canvas with a dense structure, with the sawing of which are not cracks, chips or sawdust. Therefore, this material is easy to adjust to any shape. Due to this property of stone countertops work seamless. But if the measurement was made incorrectly or a mistake was made when sawing, the crack can be closed with special metal nut.
Ease of installation is another advantage of products made of artificial stone. Installation of the countertop will not cause difficulties even for those who has no skills in the Assembly of kitchen furniture. With similar products from acrylic of trouble a lot more. Not to mention another positive aspect of tabletops from artificial stone: its cost is much lower than wooden or acrylic.
Due to the lack of porous structure, artificial stone does not absorb moisture, therefore, does not swell, does not rot, does not crack. This provides another advantage – durability. It is worth noting and ease of repair of the countertop surface. In the case of mechanical damage defects are easy to mask with epoxy resin. The variety of colors and patterns of artificial stone so great that the choice can become a challenge: beautiful and original table tops of any of this material.
Despite many advantages, the disadvantages of these products is still there. First, they do not withstand high temperatures, so cannot be put on the tabletop hot pots and pans. Second, the surface of artificial stone is quite easy to scratch. Such defects are especially noticeable on dark surfaces. In this artificial stone loses acrylic, mechanical damage, which is easily removed through sanding.