Sintered Stone: The 411

Natural stone looks great, but can come at a high cost. An alternative is sintered stone, but what are its benefits?

February 07, 2020
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sintered stone is a growing trend in remodeling

Sintered stone is a market-leading material in the surfacing industry and is gaining popularity in the remodeling community. But because it’s a newcomer to an industry that’s been around for as long as humans have had homes, a lot of pros are still unclear about what the material is, and why they should consider using it on their jobs in place of the tried-and-true materials.

1] It speeds up the manufacturing and installation processes.

Sintered stone is produced in a fairly short amount of time, as opposed to natural stone, which needs to be quarried and cut—an arduous process that makes the material expensive to import and purchase.

It’s also relatively lightweight, and as a result is simpler to install and replace than heavy, fragile slabs of natural stone.  

2] It helps protect the environment.

Because it’s made from organic raw materials, sintered stone is 100% natural and recyclable. The materials are subjected to very high temperatures and pressure, replicating in just a few hours the process of natural stone creation, which happens over thousands of years. 

On top of that, sintered stone is leading the building products manufacturing industry in reducing CO2 emissions, helping preserve the environment in the process.

Eco-friendly surfacing decoration technology, which uses water-based inks rather than the solvent reliant variations, actively helps to reduce contaminating emissions while maintaining the material’s high-quality color and texture in the process. It’s a good solution for those environmentally conscious clients who want a luxury look, without the guilt.

3] It resists heat and damage. 

Natural stone can’t handle exposure to high temperatures or damage from sharp objects, and stains easily due to its porous composition. In stark contrast, sintered stone is impervious to heat and damage from sharp objects and liquids.

Replacing worn-out materials with stronger, more sustainable ones creates energy efficient, long-lasting buildings, which cost less to operate, increase in value over time, and support a better quality of life.  

About the Author


About the Author


Mar Esteve Cortes is the director of Neolith, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone headquartered in Castellón, Spain, and with offices around the world.

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Comments

What the author fails to note is that with sintered stone and porcelain, repairing chips, which occur a lot easier than you are led to believe, is very difficult when you want to make a presentable repair. Also, the pattern of the material does not go all the way through the material, so sink edges, shower wall edges, etc. are blank and usually colorless with no pattern.

All materials have their pros and cons, but heavily biased articles like this do nothing but confuse consumers and hurt the industry as a whole. Be better than this Mr. Cortes.

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