Let us begin by saying that both engineered surfaces have their pros and cons. And each home owner needs to evaluate the stones according to their own needs and expectations. In this article, we will look at the difference in material, size and pricing.
Quartz stone is made of quartz sand (90%) plus resin and other materials such as glass, gems, colorants and etc. Everything is put together under high heat and pressure.
On the other hand, acrylic solid surfaces are made of acrylic resin, cyano-alumina and toner. They are all mixed and layered continuously.
Another aspect is the sizing. Quartz is a thicker product comparing to acrylic surface. Usual thickness for quartz includes 12, 13, 15, 20 and 30 mm whereas common thickness for acrylic includes 3, 6, 8, 10 and 12 mm.
For acrylic stone surfaces, woodworking tools and cutting machine can be used. Since the process is not complicated, cost is not high.
Quartz has relatively high price compared to the acrylic surfaces. The equipment include natural stone cutters and more. Since the stone is larger and heavier, the process is more time consuming. To lift the products, cranes can be used in installation. Of course, this affects the cost.
There are many natural and engineered stone surfaces available in the market today. Terra Granite has a large selection of stones including granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, porcelain and more. To find out more about the stones, you can always contact the professionals at Terra Granite. You can visit www.terragranite.com or visit our local store in Houston, TX.
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