StellaStone is not a well-known stone, especially when compared to the typical stones that first jump to mind such as granite, marble, travertine, limestone, etc. This is because Stellastone is not natural, but an engineered stone with few of the drawbacks of natural stone products.
Below, we’re going to discuss some of the benefits of StellaStone including what it is, what its characteristics are, and what colours and looks are available.
An Introduction to StellaStone and the Different Style Options Available
StellaStone is a fantastic substitute to marble products, looking just as romanesque but without any of the drawbacks of marble, such as costly maintenance and lesser durability. It is manufactured by combining silica and quartz.
The mechanism through which it is manufactured is through combining the quartz and sand in a high-tech vacuum compression system along with poly resins (for adhesion) and pigments (for colouration).
Basically, the components are heated and compressed using advanced technology. The technical name for the process is vibro compression vacuuming. And the end result is one of the most improved stones on the market with a large variety of applications.
StellaStone has typical characteristics of high-quality stone including:
Heat resistant to a moderate degree.
Non-porous (no cracks for water to seep through).
Ability to withstand higher temperatures for a short duration.
Moderately resistant to wear, tear, and pressure.
Available in a variety of colours.
At this point, you might be wondering what’s so great about this particular stone in comparison to granite, marble, limestone, etc. The answer: lots.
There are multiple benefits of Stellstone in comparison to marble, granite, travertine, limestone, and all of the other natural stones. One major advantage is price. Natural stones will cost you more and you’ll have to find an expert to install them. Natural stones are much more difficult to maintain. They are porous, meaning they are easily stained. This also means you have to regularly apply finishes to such natural stones to ensure they are stain-resistant.
If you need to replace a particular piece or just a tile of natural stone, it is impossible to find an exact match. This is especially true with certain natural stones, particular marble and granite. But with StellaStone, replacement is not a problem and neither is maintenance. In sum, the advantages of StellaStone in comparison to its natural counterparts are:
Much more affordable.
Easy to clean.
Little to no maintenance.
Equally long-lasting and durable.
Easy to replace.
Wide range of colours.
Another benefit is that engineered stones are made from recycled materials which means they are more environmentally friendly. Overall, engineered stones are as good as the real thing, except cheaper and easier to maintain. However, they are not easy to shape if your space has a lot of bends and curves.
The Cost of Engineered Stone
You can expect to pay around $400 – $550 per square metre for engineered stone. Engineered stone is also quoted in slabs and the price will vary greatly depending on the type of stone. You can expect to pay around:
$1,600 for Nimbus (standard 20mm polished slab).
$2,000 for Buttermilk (deluxe 20mm polished slab).
$2,700 for Taj Royale ( supernatural 20mm polished slab).
$4,400 for Calacatta (marble looking quartz polished slab).
Other popular types of engineered stones include Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, and Essa Stone. For more exact costs of engineered and natural stone, contact a local supplier for more information.
The Best Stellastone Styles
StellaStone is distributed by Granite Warehouse and they offer the product in a variety of colours and textures. They offer over 16 beautiful Stellastone style options for you to take advantage of – no other distributor has this unique range of styles. Choices include:
White Marble Quartz.
Stella Calacatta Oro.
Be mindful that each stone will have unique maintenance requirements. For instance, Madrapearla is made with the infusion of seashells in the slab which is predominantly calcium. These shells are softer and susceptible to staining, scratching and acid attack from vinegar, lemon & orange juice and other mild acids.
Obviously, it is not recommended for you to make any kind of purchase based on reading or looking at these stones online. You need to see them in person and to weigh up the benefits of each particular kind of StellaStone. It can be customised to a variety of colours and sizes to suit your personal preferences.
Call Granite Warehouse now on 08 9209 2620 for further information on StellaStone or email at email@example.com.
Does StellaStone come with a warranty?
Granite Warehouse offers a 7-year warranty on StellaStone. This means that you can expect the product to last in excellent condition until 7 years are up, as long as you are not negligent. The warranty does not cover damage caused as a result of UV radiation, chemical attacks, exposure to high temperatures, and cracks/chips. If you do wish to make a claim on the warranty, the affected area will be replaced. The main thing to watch out for is hot items that can cause discolouration, especially if you are placing StellaStone in the kitchen.
How do I clean and maintain StellaStone?
StellaStone is made from quartz, meaning it is strong but definitely not impervious. It can be maintained with a typical stone cleaner but you have to be careful to avoid strong chemicals, especially those containing trichloroethane or methylene chloride. Do not scour the surface with very hot water as this could result in an abrasion of the product. Overall, it is relatively easy to maintain StellaStone.
How are engineered stones manufactured?
Engineered stones are a mix of ground natural stones along with artificial components – polymer resins and pigments. The polymer resin acts as an adhesive. Engineered stones are manufactured using specialised equipment in a process known as ‘vibro compression vacuuming.’ When the mix has dried, the finished stone is more uniform than natural stone, making it easier to match colours. While some people have a belief that engineered stones are ‘non-natural’ or ‘artificial’, they often fail to understand that such stones are made of crushed natural stone.
Where is StellaStone used?
StellaStone is the perfect alternative to granite or quartz countertops and floors, and this is where it is most often used. There is no need to seal the stone and it is non-porous, meaning it is resistant to stains, though not so much to extreme heat for prolonged periods. It is slightly stronger than natural stone.
Why should I trust Granite Warehouse for my StellaStone?
Granite Warehouse is the #1 distributor of StellaStone. But you don’t have to work with us on that reason alone! We have 25 years of industry experience and a fantastic reputation for supplying the best quality materials. Due to our superior business processes, you can take advantage of competitive prices. With over 200 types of stone in stock, you can further benefit from fast shipping, as well as premium customer service.
If you’re in the market for StellaStone (or any kind of engineered or natural stone), call the experts now on 08 9209 2620.
We are happy to assist and have a showroom in Perth with a range of stones for your viewing. In fact, we have the largest showroom in Western Australia, so your visit won’t be a waste.