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How To Distinguish Between Artificial Stone And Natural Stone (3/24/2017)

Artificial stone and natural stone are popular in the market. They can be used in the ground, walls, cabinets. The advantages of natural stone are that it has super hardness, beautiful colors, and can bear the high temperature. It is a economical and traditional countertop material. The advantages of artificial stone: any length of it can be seamless stitched, the overall shape, smooth lines, seams without traces, and can be repeatedly polished renovation. Following is some tips for you to distinguish artificial stone and natural stone.

Artificial stone

1. Look at the quality of the surfac. Countertops with high quality may have no pores, the color is uniform and the smoothness and brightness is very high, which is the countertop with poor quality can not matched.


2. Try to feel. Countertop with top quality may feel smooth,  there is a sense of silk, and have no obvious uneven feeling; Due to the different density of filler, poor quality countertop will appear slightly rough.

3. Smell it. Using a match or lighter to burn a small piece of the sample, poor quality stone may releases a very pungent smell, even worse there is the possibility of being lit.

4. Check the hardness. You can use some hard object, such as keys, knives to scratch on the surface of small sample, the countertop with bad quality can easy to see the traces of scribing.

5. Check whether the produce have passt the product testing, such as green environmental certification, quality certification, quality inspection reports and manufacturers of commitments and so on.

6. Test the heat. If the conditions permit, you can bring the countertop to the home, and put the heated pot on the tops, high quality countertop with good heat resistance will not change the color. 

Natural stone

Knock the natural stone and listen to the sound, In general, the quality of natural stone, its percussion sound crisp and sweet; the contrary, if the natural stone within the existence of micro-cracks or due to weathering lead to loose contact between the particles, the percussion rough dumb.


2. Test. Drop a small piece of ink on the back of the natural stone, if the ink quickly spread around the leaching that is, natural stone internal particles loose or the existence of gaps, and if the ink drops in place, it is show that, the quality of this stone is good.

3. Observation the surface structure of the natural stone. In general, the natural structure of the fine stone material has a delicate texture, and the bad one, coarse and unequal grain structure of the stone its appearance is poor, mechanical properties are not uniform, the quality is slightly worse.

In addition, the natural stone due to the impact of geological effects often produce some minor cracks, and it is easy to lead rupture, which should be pay attention.