Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini is an exclusive stone displaying sumptuous grey veining on a white marble backdrop inspired by White Carrara marble. Adding luxury to the existing Unistone Quartz Collection, it offers timeless appeal and versatility to any space.
Discovery of a New Stone
Unistone Worktops contain natural quartz and resin to create a material with a natural aesthetic. It means you can enjoy the beauty of stone without the need for maintenance.
Similarly, worktops from Unistone can fully integrate into the kitchen, and you can use them with various kitchen designs. Bianco Carrara Santorini from Unistone is a modern alternative to traditional granite, ceramic and natural marble. The brand designs worktops from Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini for kitchen use, but you can also use them in areas exposed to humidity, such as the bathroom and spa. Bianco Carrara Santorini from Unistone is available in a selection of thicknesses of 20 mm and 30 mm.
All about Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini
Carrara Quartz is timeless in kitchens and bathrooms, in the form of worktops and countertops. And Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini is a type of quartz that looks like the natural stone quarried in Carrara, Italy. Carrara marble was discovered by Italians when they were quarrying for a marble to make statues. Carrara Quartz is white with grey or brownish veins. It reinterprets the limestone deposits in Tuscany, Italy, used as an ornamental stone for centuries because of its beauty and purity.
Similarly, Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini is available in two sizes, from small worktops of 3050 x 1440 mm, ideal for basins and vanity units, to large kitchen surfaces and central island worktops with dimensions of 3300 x 1650 mm. In addition, you can select this product in a polished finish or ‘Velluto,’ a matt finish with a delicate texture.
Although you can find Carrara Quartz in different colours, such as light grey or off-white (its most common colour being white), you can find this type of quartz stone material in many other places worldwide. It includes countries such as Canada, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, and Mexico, to name a few.
Cost of Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini
Bianco Carrara Santorini costs £194 per m/2 in 20mm thickness and £253 per m/2 in 30 mm thickness.
It belongs to the price category ‘C’ from the brand, which is mid-range in terms of price, and it cost the same as its counterpart, Unistone Bianco Carrara.
Where is Unistone made?
Unistone is made at the Hoa Lac High-Tech Park, Thach That district, Hanoi, in Vietnam. Through a global distribution network, the manufacturer commercializes its products through Brachot Surfaces, under the Unistone brand name in the UK.
How to cut Unistone
The process of cutting Unistone takes place at your worktop suppliers’ premises. It follows these steps:
- The Worktop Supplier (fabricator) receives quartz slabs from Unistone.
- The quartz fabrication to required dimensions and specified requirements takes place (i.e., sizes, materials, fastener, attachments, fabrication, hardware, and location of joints)
- The final details and specifications and finished off by a team of stonemasons.
- The fabricated worktops are ready for immediate installation.
We recommend hiring a professional with a minimum of five years’ experience to cut your Unistone countertops.
Unistone quartz has the following storage and Handling Requirements:
- Store and handle quartz surfacing fabrications in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep quartz surfacing fabrications vertically in clean, dry area indoors, raised above floor.
- Protect quartz surfacing fabrications during storage, handling, and installation from dirt, stains, scratches, cracks, and other damage. Unistone Quartz Surfacing Fabrications 06 61 13 – 6
- Protect edges and corners from damage.
- Do not store or transport quartz surfacing fabrications flat.
- Do not drop or drag quartz surfacing fabrications.
Storing and Handling Unistone quartz
- Store Unistone quartz surfacing fabrications in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep quartz surfacing fabrications vertically in a clean, dry area indoors, raised above the floor.
- Protect the quartz fabrications during storage, handling, and installation from dirt, stains, scratches, cracks, and other damage. Unistone Quartz.
- Protect edges and corners from damage.
- Do not store or transport Unistone quartz fabrications flat.
- Do not drop or drag quartz surfaces by Unistone.
How to install Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini
To install Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini, we recommend following the guidelines fabrications with the manufacturer’s instructions and Architectural Woodwork Standards in a nine-step process:
- Install Bianco Santorini quartz at the locations indicated on the Drawings.
- We reccomend to acclimate quartz surfacing fabrications to room temperature for a minimum of 24 hours before installation.
- Install the worktop pieces in a plumb, level and square fashion.
- Align adjacent pieces in the same plane.
- Securely anchor the quartz worktops to its supports.
- Install the quartz worktops with proper support at perimeter, seams, joints, cut-outs, and overhangs.
- Create joints to be flush, inconspicuous, and flush.
- Do not install mechanical fasteners into your Unistone worktops.
- Use joint sealants at the areas indicated on the Drawings
Unistone vs Silestone
When people plan to renovate their kitchen or bathroom, they don’t overthink the countertop’s material. It is usually just quartz or Unistone. But they are not aware of all the other options available. So the first thing that people typically do is compare quartz and Unistone worktops to see which one they should buy.
Unistone surfaces have a more natural look and feel, but Silestone has a more elegant design for a more luxurious feel. Quartz has an even higher price range than Silestone, but it also offers a better scratch resistance from acidic foods and drinks and heat transfer from stovetops and ovens.
Unistone claims its surfaces contain 93% natural quartz, whereas Silestone has 94%.
Both are durable, but Silestone is has been in the market for 31 years and Unistone for 19 years. This fact gives Silestone a more extended period of consumers testing their surfaces. On the other hand, either quartz brand will require very little maintenance to keep it looking nice. Both Unistone and Silestone quartz surfaces come in a wide range of colours and patterns that you can use to create a unique design for your home.
The main difference between Unistone and Silestone is that the former is cheaper than the latter. Furthermore, both quartz surfaces are more scratch-resistant. In addition, they are less porous than natural stones, which means they do not stain as quickly as marble does. However, Silestone has a smoother surface in its polished finish, making it easier to clean its spills.
Unistone vs Dekton
One of the main differences between Unistone and Dekton is that Dekton is a porcelain-based product, whereas Unistone is a quartz-based one. Another critical difference between the two materials is installing Dekton in kitchens, bathrooms, and external spaces, whereas Unistone only works in interior spaces.
The main characteristics of each material are:
- Unistone: Durable, easy to maintain, it withstands up to 150C of heat, and scratch-resistance, quick installation.
- Dekton: Soft-touch feel, it withstands up to 650C of heat, scratch-proof, elegant look, easier to maintain than quartz, slow installation.
More differences between Dekton vs Unistone
Unistone is a Belgian company that has been in the worktop, quartz surfaces, and kitchen worktops business for over 40 years. They are one of the few companies in Belgium that can distribute quartz surfaces with the right quality, thickness, and unique designs.
Dekton is a Spanish company that specializes in porcelain surfaces. It is a brand name belonging to Cosentino, who are experts in porcelain manufacturing. Dekton’s main product is their famous countertop, which they can offer in various colours, sizes, and thicknesses.
Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini vs Unistone Carrara Misterio
If you already set your heart in Unistone, you may want to see the Carrara quartz options. For this purpose, you can get samples of Carrara Santorini and its current best-seller: Carrara Misterio. Once you receive your Unistone samples, you can compare both products against the colour of your kitchen cabinets, walls and furniture. This exercise ensures you will buy a worktop with the right tone of white background. But suppose you still wonder what their difference is.
In that case, we can tell you their main difference right now: whilst Unistone Carrara Misterio quartz offers a strong grey vein, Bianco Carrara Santorini has a lighter and more delicate vein.
Unistone Bianco Carrara Santorini is an affordable quartz material that takes inspiration from the famous Carrara marble from Italy. It surpasses the natural stone by offering a practical worktop surface that never requires sealants or additional protection. It sits alongside mid-price quartz products, and you can choose it in different sizes, giving you more design options than ever before.
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The Author: Maria Kairuz, co-owner of The Worktop Library in London, has vast experience and deep research on stone worktop materials. As a result, she attracted a following made of architects, interior designers, property developers, and design enthusiasts around London and the UK. However, she is not your average stone worktop specialist.