The window sills of artificial stone occupy an important place in the design of the room, as they give a special atmosphere to the room. In addition, this design can be used as a work surface, a place to rest or as a basis for mounting shelves and racks. Stone window sills – an excellent and reliable means to make the interior respectable, without spending significant resources. The use of stone guarantees the product for many years of service.
Artificial stone window sills: design advantages
Thanks to the artificial stone, it became possible to create original, beautiful, and most importantly – reliable and high-quality window sills that will perfectly fit into any style of the interior. High-quality raw materials have a non-standard design and excellent performance characteristics.
Products from an artificial stone will perfectly add any design. This is especially true for the classic style, which is characterized by natural colors and texture. Stone windowsill with imitation of marble or granite – exactly what you need. It will also look good artificial stone in rooms decorated in modern styles: minimalism, modern or art deco.
The peculiarity of stone window sills is that the material looks neutral and noble, it does not get bored or bored. In addition, quality and reliability never go out of fashion. Stone constructions have the following advantages:
- there are no traces, stains and drips of water on the surface of the products, and any dust and dirt can be easily cleaned with a damp sponge using ordinary detergents;
- the durability of structures made of artificial material is almost the same as that of window sills made of natural stone;
- microcracks are characteristic of natural stone, due to which products from this raw material require special care. Artificial material does not have them, which means that the dirt does not linger on the window sills;
- acrylic surface is hygienic, therefore, it can be treated with special disinfectants without fear of damage to the product;
- plastic window sills are not subject to rotting, and are not afraid of mold, fungus, sudden temperature changes;
- the surface of the artificial stone is smooth and very warm;
- constant exposure to ultraviolet rays does not lead to loss of color and texture of the sill;
- high humidity and temperature differences are not terrible for products made of artificial stone;
- acrylic material is very durable, so these window sills are not afraid of mechanical damage.
In addition, products from an artificial stone have such operational differences:
- their service life is about 50 years;
- non-toxic raw materials;
- fire resistance class B.
Often, a window sill is made from a tile consisting of one piece. The price of stone window sills depends on a number of factors, but it is significantly lower than the cost of products made of natural stone. The final price is affected by the following criteria:
- production method;
- color and texture features;
- design features;
Artificial stone is very easy to process, making it easy to get various variations of shapes and styles.
It is interesting! Artificial stone window sills are capable of maintaining attractiveness over a long period of time, creating an original and unique design. For any style of interior you can choose the optimal design, texture and structure.
The main drawback of artificial stone window sills is a rather high cost. Although, when compared with natural material, the price is not so high, but similar products made of wood and plastic cost much less.
The second disadvantage that manufacturers are trying to cope with is the danger of damage caused by sudden temperature changes. If during the winter period the upper side is strongly cooled and the lower side is heated by the battery, cracks may appear on the structure. Almost all modern models calmly withstand such loads.
Sometimes scratches and damages appear on the monochromatic surface of dark shades. There are two ways to deal with these disadvantages:
- Buy light color sill – scratches will be barely noticeable.
- Restore existing model. To eliminate scratches, you can order polishing at any specialized company, and the cost of such a service is small.
The best option is to purchase a model with a grainy, textured surface. On such a product, slight damage to the surface will be the least noticeable.
Helpful advice! It is not recommended to put on the surface of artificial stone very hot dishes. It may appear white trail that can not be eliminated.
For the production of window sills made of artificial stone most often used these types of materials: acrylic stone, marble or quartz agglomerate.
Acrylic stone is characterized by excellent flexibility, which allows you to create seamless designs of the most diverse configurations. However, this material is identical to plastic, which means that it is soft, and it is also very easy to scratch it.
Marble agglomerate consists of marble pieces and crumb (97% of the composition), of polyester resins (3%), which connect all the components. The peculiarity of this material is that its hardness is slightly higher than that of marble, and it has low water absorption. Due to this, sill sills are more practical, because on such a surface less stains are formed and they are easier to remove.
Quartz agglomerate is a material that consists of 96% of quartz chips and 4% of dyes and polyester resin. This is the optimal raw material for the manufacture of the window sill, as quartz gives the artificial stone a special hardness and resistance to mechanical damage.
Sills of artificial material are used in private homes, and in large shopping or entertainment centers, cafes, restaurants and other institutions. A wide choice of colors and textures of artificial stone makes it possible to emphasize any design, and the functional characteristics of the material make it possible to create designs of any shape without joints and seams. This is especially important in the case of a non-standard shape or an unusual window size.
The most popular are rectangular window sills. However, if the windows are located at an angle, it is recommended to purchase a bay window sill made of artificial stone.
Artificial stone is an ideal material for making window sills. It is lightweight, durable, able to withstand a constant load, does not absorb dirt, resistant to fungi and mold. In addition, the artificial stone is absolutely safe, as it is hypoallergenic and has no radiation background. Also, the material is not afraid of moisture and evaporation, sudden changes in temperature, resistant to chemical attack.
It is a pleasure to take care of artificial stone sills, because they are unpretentious in maintenance and do not require the use of special tools to cleanse and maintain a decorative look.
Helpful advice! Ceramic window sills look very nice. The tile is usually used not as the main material, but as a decor. It can be used to revet an old (lost shine) or a new plastic window sill. A harmoniously selected tile or mosaic for an apron work area will not only emphasize the individuality of the kitchen, but also provide the owner with a reliable product.
There is a wide range of sizes of window sills, which allows you to order exactly the option that is suitable for a particular case. Creating a product begins with the removal of measurements. It must be done as accurately as possible. Measurements taken with errors can seriously harm the final result. To avoid such problems, it is best to invite an experienced master.
The next stage is the execution of the drawing of the future construction, where all wishes should be taken into account.
Making a windowsill is a lot like making a tabletop. Based on the features of the drawing, a sheet of artificial material is cut into blanks. For this you need to use a special saw. Before cutting, you need to perform the markup, which is to be cut. After completion of the work, the structure is polished, giving the sill a luxurious and aesthetic look.
Helpful advice! Acrylic stone must be cut in a quarter. Due to this, the shade of the front and front parts will be identical.
During the installation of the windowsill, a professional approach is needed, otherwise a number of problems cannot be avoided. If skills are not enough, it is better to turn to specialists. They will do this job quickly and efficiently. Installation should not be a particular problem (in comparison with the installation of structures made of natural stone), because the weight of such products is relatively small.
There are two methods for installing window sills: on a concrete screed or using special stiffeners. The first method is considered the most reliable. This option ensures a stable mount. In addition, it is much simpler than the stiffener method. Fastener sill is performed on the screed of concrete. It must be prepared in advance. For extra rigidity, brackets are inserted into it at a third of the width and poured over them.
Another method involves mounting on transverse stiffeners. They are located at a distance of about 15 cm (and no more). Before installing the structure, it is imperative to reinforce the wall, as well as to treat microcracks and to provide protection against mold. These types of work must be performed when installing all types of window sills, and not just products made of artificial material.
The right choice of design and well-executed installation will look beneficial in the interior of the room. But an unsuccessful installation can spoil the most sophisticated and sophisticated design.
Sills play an important role in the design of an apartment or a private house. The artificial stone, from which these products are often made, not only creates a special atmosphere in the room, but very often performs its special functions. For example, very often the window sill is designed as a place to rest or as a work surface in the kitchen. The main task of this element is to protect the room from the cold and keep it warm.
Thanks to special modern technologies, artificial stone is not inferior in its technical characteristics to natural material, and surpasses it in some parameters. A good window sill is durable, durable, beautiful and easy to clean. The design from an artificial stone meets all these requirements and becomes especially demanded and popular among buyers.