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What is the composition of Diamastone® Quartz and Stone Italiana Quartz?

Diamastone® and Stone Italiana are stone surfaces made from pure, natural quartz. Diamastone® and Stone Italiana offer the natural beauty of quartz with up to six times the strength and durability of granite. Approximately 95%  is mined quartz crystals, one of nature’s hardest materials. Quartz is combined with high-quality engineered polyester resins and pigments to produce a natural stone without the high maintenance.

What are the fields of application for Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella Quartz?

Fields are:

  • Flooring
  • Kitchen countertops
  • Bar tops
  • Bathroom vanities and shower walls
  • Interior wall cladding
  • Staircases – treads and risers
  • Windowsill skirting
  • Tables, desks, furniture tops, etc
  • Fountains, planters, columns
  • Wall bases and transition thresholds
  • Fireplace panels
  • Commercial transaction tops
Can Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella be used for special designs such as symbols and logos?

Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella are ideal for water jet cutting, with quite spectacular results. Intricate patterns can be cut to form pieces of art that can be installed as feature areas in applications such as corporate logos on walls and floors. Using an AutoCAD system, you can create a pattern which can be reproduced. The high-pressure water provides the cleanest and sharpest edge to allow for a very thin grout joint or brass strip inserts.

How durable is Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella Quartz?

Diamastone® and Stone Italiana and Quarella Quartz are resistant to cracking and chipping, staining and scratching.

Can a knife scratch Diamastone®, Stone Italiana or Quarella?

It is always recommended to use a cutting board as the quartz surface will dull the knife blade.

Are Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella heat resistant?

Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella are more heat resistant than most stone surfaces. However, not unlike stone material, sudden and rapid temperature changes can affect the surface. Therefore, we suggest that hot pots and pans not be placed directly on the surface. We recommend the use of hot pads or trivets when using electrical cooking appliance and hot pans. Although our products are deemed heat resistant, damage can occur from extremely hot pots or repeated exposure to high heat.

Are Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella combustible materials?

Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella are non-combustible surfaces and rate as Class A-1 according to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards.

Will acids and alkalis affect Diamastone®, Stone Italiana or Quarella Quartz?

Only the acids between pH 1-3 and alkalis between pH 11-14 cause damage on the Diamastone®, Stone Italiana or Quarella Quartz surface. Please note that the acids and alkali of these values are, dangerous and harmful and are not readily available outside of laboratory conditions. When exposed to acids and alkali of other values for less than 24 hours, no trace of any damage has been observed.

What kind of cleaning agents are used to clean Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella?

Neutral detergents should be used in daily care.

Can Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella Quartz be used in food preparation areas?

Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella Quartz are non-porous and are perfectly suited for kitchen and food preparation areas. Quartz surfacing is free of mold and bacteria; and therefore is ideal for such applications in hotels, restaurants and homes.

Can I specify that there be no grout joints between tiles?

Butt joining the tiles is not recommended.

What should be the minimum size of the joints (mm) for flooring?

Recommended grout joints to be 2-5mm for the products 300x300mm size, whereas 5mm for 600x600mm products.

Can Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella be used outdoors?

Some have installed Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella products outdoors, but we do not recommend the application as our materials have not been approved for prolonged exposure to atmospheric agents and UV rays.

Is SMDS an environmentally concerned company?

We at SMDS are committed to protecting the environment and to the responsible use of natural resources. We are acting on this commitment by working with manufacturers and suppliers that adopt eco-friendly processes and policies. For more information please follow the Eco Facts link.

Can I combine Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella with other materials?

Diamastone®, Stone Italiana and Quarella can be used in combination to achieve spectacular results.

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