Open UV quartz carpet
An indoor open UV resistant quartz carpet consists of millions of grains of sand. Their standard size is 1 to 2mm, 2 to 3mm or 3 to 4mm.
The small grains are selected by Sidec with the utmost care. The grains are washed and fire-dried. Due to the erosion in riverbeds the sand was processed for millions of years, resulting in it being beautifully rounded off and thus not broken.
The colouring is done at a high temperature and with specially developed coatings, producing very high quality which is more wear-resistant and more colourfast.
DIFFERENCE WITH STANDARD STONE CARPET
The difference with a standard stone carpet lies in the binding agent and the coating used for the colouring of the small stones themselves. In the case of a standard quartz carpet, epoxy is used for the colouring of the small stones and also as the binding agent used to smear. Epoxy is susceptible to yellowing under the influence of the sunrays.
In the case of a UV resistant stone carpet, a high-quality non-yellowing PU binding agent is chosen so as to retain the colour of the quartz carpet under the influence of the sunrays. The small stones themselves also are coloured with a non-yellowing PU coating.
Light floors are most susceptible to decolouring caused by sunlight. That is why it is recommended to use a light-resistant PU binding agent to ensure that the colour stays the same after many years. This, however, will limit the choice of colour as some pigments are also less stable in direct sunlight.
Once the small stones are mixed with the binding agent, a professional installer spreads the small coloured stones.
An option is a topcoat (shiny, without colour difference) which gives extra protection to the floor.
The result is a strong, seamless floor which can come in an infinite number of colours.