Viatera® is made 93% natural quartz, an impervious crystalline mineral that is particularly resistant to absorption. When combined with polyester resins, the natural quartz creates a material that is non-porous and extremely stain resistant. Unlike other products, Viatera® does not require sealant to ensure its non-porous attribute.
The natural quartz that makes up most of Viatera® makeup, is classified as the fourth hardest mineral on earth, by Moh’s Mineral Hardness scale. (The only harder mineral are topaz, sapphires, and diamonds.) This hardness ofViatera® makes it nearly impossible to scratch or chip.
Although Viatera® is heat-resistant, we recommend that you use trivets and/or hot pads when working with hot pots, pans or any other kitchen items that produce a high amount of heat.
Advantages of Viatera® vs. Granite
Viatera® offers unparalleled quality to any design project. Due to the clarity of quartz, and the patented, advanced technology of polyester resins and colorfast pigments, Viatera® provides a durable surface that is non-porous, and more resistant to heat, scratches, and stains than other products.
|Flexural Strength||C-880||2300||1450||7420||Viatera® is stronger and more resistant to cracking|
|Impact Strength||2-lb ball from 8′||Fails||Fails||Passes||Viatera® withstands higher impacts without breaking|
|Abrasion Resistance||C-501||15-90||100-250||174-250||Viatera® wears less and does not require polishing|
|Stain Resistance||D-2299NEMA LD3||Stains||Stains||No Effect||Viatera® is extremely stain-resistant, making it very low maintenance|
|Liquid Absorption||C-97||2-15%||0.2-1.0%||0.022%||Viatera® is far more stain-resistant than comparative products, looks new longer and does not require regular sealing|
The Viatera® colors were inspired by the raw beauty different regions of the world. The palette ranges from soft and serene to passionate and intense. The clarity of the natural quartz particulates provide a beauty that can not be achieved by other manufacturing methods or techniques.
Consistency in Color
The manufacturing process of Viatera® melds nature and modern technology into an unparalleled surfacing material. Since Viatera® incorporates all-natural quartz mined from the earth, there may be slight color variations and particulate concentrations, just as in natural stone surfaces. It’s all part of the authentic look Viatera®.
Size of Viatera®
Viatera® comes in the following slab sizes:
2 CM (approx. 3/4″) 55″ x 120″
3 CM (approx. 1¼”) 55″ x 120″
Are seams visible when using Viatera®?
Since a standard slab of the Viatera® product is 55″ x 120”, any countertop or project larger than this require a seam. During installation, the visibility of the seams is minimized by using adhesives specially matched to the Viatera® colors.
Are lamination lines visible when using Viatera®?
Just like other stone surfaces, lamination lines may be visible depending on the requirements of the project. Viatera® is available in 3/4″ and 1 1/4″ thicknesses. As with all stone products, a lamination line is visible when two pieces of 3/4″ material are joined to create a 1 ½” front edge.
Viatera® is fabricated by a nationwide network of certified fabricators and installers.