For home decoration, some stone materials are generally used as countertops. For example, the countertop of our kitchen countertop, and the countertop of the window sill, and so on. There are not many types of stone used in the family. The most common are quartz stone and artificial stone. However, there is a big difference between quartz stone and artificial stone. How do we distinguish these two different decorative materials when purchasing? The household miscellaneous world uses the following questions as an example to answer the questions about quartz stone and artificial stone.
How to distinguish between quartz stone and artificial stone?
How to distinguish between quartz stone and artificial stone? Before answering this question, I must first tell everyone. In fact, whether it is quartz stone or artificial stone, they are all later artificial materials, which means that quartz stone is actually a kind of artificial stone. Stone is not a natural stone. The same is true for man-made stones. It’s just that the characteristics of their raw materials and processing methods are different. So when we distinguish, we can distinguish according to the following four aspects.
(1): Differentiating between raw materials and appearance
It is distinguished from the raw materials used in the production of quartz stone and artificial stone and the appearance of the finished product. This is also the more obvious way to distinguish between quartz stone and artificial stone. The specific differences are as follows.
①: The raw material of quartz stone is our common quartz crystal, which is a natural material. Quartz stone is a plate made of quartz crystal and rubber powder mixed together by pressing or casting. Quartz crystals are transparent or translucent particles, which are very beautiful. Therefore, the slab made of quartz stone gives people the feeling that the brightness is higher.
②: Artificial stone. Artificial stone actually corresponds to the use of ordinary natural stone powder or some opaque acrylic material as the main component. It also needs to add glue to it, and finally, it is made by pressing. The brightness of its surface is not as beautiful as that of quartz stone, and it can be said to be close to dull.
(2): Distinguish from the feel
Another easiest way to distinguish between quartz stone and artificial stone is to touch it with your hands, and then distinguish these two different stones from the feel. This is also the most common method used by many of our friends. The specific resolution method is as follows.
①: The slab of quartz stone, when we touch it with our hands, it gives people a cold feeling. This feeling is like touching a natural stone. Therefore, quartz stone is closer to natural stone, and the touch of quartz stone is also similar to that of natural stone. So from this point of view, the quality of the quartz stone itself will be better, and the hardness will be higher.
②: Artificial stone. Since the artificial stone is made of plastic material, we don’t feel cold after touching it. The most obvious feeling is that it is warm and delicate. This feeling is basically the same as when we touch other plastic materials.
(3): Distinguish from the price
The so-called price distinction means that when we buy quartz stone and artificial stone, we can compare the prices of several manufacturers. Then according to different prices, it is basically possible to judge which kind of stone belongs to. The specific situation is as follows,
①: The price of quartz stone is slightly higher. It is more expensive than ordinary artificial stone. At this stage, the price of quartz stone is roughly between 400 yuan per square meter to 1,000 yuan per square meter. The price difference is due to the brand, specification, size, quality, and other requirements of the board.
②: The price of artificial stone. The price of artificial stone is indeed much cheaper than the price of quartz stone. For example, the price of artificial stone countertops on the market is about 260 yuan per square meter to 900 yuan per square meter. Therefore, the overall price of artificial stone is the first grade than quartz stone.
(4): Distinguish from the board to the thickness
For artificial stone and quartz stone slabs, their specifications are basically the same, but the thickness is actually quite different. Especially some quartz stones and artificial stones that are common in the market now have a very large difference in thickness. Details are as follows.
①: The thickness of quartz stone is relatively thick. For example, the thickness of our most common kitchen countertops is generally above 15 mm, and some reach 20 mm. Even the high-end has reached 30 mm. Therefore, the thickness of quartz stone is relatively thick.
②: The thickness of the artificial stone is generally thinner than that of quartz stone. For example, the thickness of the most common artificial stone currently on the market is generally about 11 to 12 mm. The overall artificial stone is a lower grade than this quartz stone. For example, if we buy artificial stone and quartz stone of the same specification, the difference is basically 2 to 3 mm, or even more.
Recommendations for selection: ① For artificial stone and quartz stone, are actually suitable for use on kitchen countertops, and they all have the characteristics of high hardness, high-temperature resistance, acid, and alkali resistance. Therefore, we must pay special attention when purchasing. ② When we buy quartz stone or artificial stone, our personal opinion is to compare more, see more, and touch more, and finally choose a moderate price.