Agglomerate is defined as a man-made stone or tile product that usually consists of stone pieces and/or aggregates held together in a synthetic binder such as a polyester or epoxy resin. Most agglomerate tile has the same characteristics as the type of stone used in the matrix, and is frequently classified as granite, quartz or marble. In some cases, the type of binder may have a profound effect on the behavior and performance of the agglomerate product.
Engineered marble is created by mixing natural marble with thermoset polyester resin in a high pressure process. It delivers the aesthetics of natural stone, is more durable and requires less maintenance than natural marble. It is a popular material for flooring and walls in large commercial environments such as shopping centers, hotels, and business lobbies.
Engineered quartz is a composite of natural quartz minerals and rocks bound with resin, pigments and other fillers, and is manufactured using the most advanced technology. It is a high-quality solid, non-porous surface resistant to scratches, staining, water and heat. Minimal maintenance is required. It is used in a variety of commercial interior applications including flooring, vertical applications, stairs, food service counters and cash wraps.
Terrazzo tile is a combination of resin, recycled glass and recycled aggregates, often including a percentage of pre-consumer waste recycled materials. Certain terrazzo products can contribute to the points needed for LEED certification. Manufactured flexible terrazzo tile is perfect for high-traffic areas where longevity and low-maintenance requirements are demanded. Terrazzo tile consists of natural materials and therefore, shade variations are both normal and desirable.