The following tests have been performed by Breton S.p.A, Italy showing the superior benefits of VICOSTONE compared to other surfacing materials

Quartz Granite Laminate Solid Surface
Scratch Resistant Excellent Excellent Good Fair
Stain Resistant Excellent Good Good Excellent
Chip and Crack Resistant Excellent Good Good Excellent
Heat and Burn Resistant Good Good Good Good
Resistant to Household Chemicals, Acids and Solvents Excellent Good Good Excellent
Low Maintenance Excellent Good Good Fair
Non-absorbent and Non-porous Excellent Good Good Excellent
Mold and Mildew Resistant Excellent Good Good Good
Flexural Strength Excellent Fair Good
Color Consistency Excellent Fair Excellent
Immunity to Freeze and Thaw Excellent Excellent Fair Fair


Specification Test Method Result
Water Absorption (% by weight) ASTM C97/C97M-09:2009 <=0.05 %
EN 14617-1:2013  <=0.06 %
Apparent Density ASTM C97/C97M-09:2009 2.2 - 2.4 gr/cm3
EN 14617-1:2013
Flexural Strength ASTM C880/C880M-09:2009 > 40 MPa
EN 14617-2:2008
Dimension Stability EN 14617-12:2012 Class A
Electrical Stability
EN 14617-13:2013
Volume resistance (Rv) = 0.9 x 1014 
Volume resistivity (pv) = 4.88 x 1014
Impact Resistance ASTM D1709:2015 >=3.0J
EN 14617-9:2005
Compressive Strength ASTM C170/C170M-09:2009 >=155 MPa
EN 14617-15:2005
Mohs Scale of Hardness
EN101 6.0 - 7.0
 Resistance to Deep Abrasion   ASTM C1243:2009  Volume of chord: V <= 195 mm3
EN 14617-4:2012
Freeze - Thaw Resistance ASTM C1026:2013 No defects after 15 freeze-thaw cycles
EN 14617-5:2012  No defects after 25 freeze-thaw cycles
Slip Resistance at Honed 400
DIN 51130:2004
Microbial Resistance ASTM D 6329:2005 Ranking 3: Resistant to Mold Growth
Chemical Resistance to Acids EN 14617-10:2012 Class C4
Thermal shock resistance EN 14617-6:2012 No visual defects after 20 cycles
Determination of resistance to immersion in boiling water AS 2924.2-7: 1998
(Equi. to ISO 4586.2-7: 1997)
Effect on surface (rating): 5 (no visible change)
Determination of resistance to dry heat AS 2924.2-8: 1998
(Equiv. to ISO 4586.2-8: 1997)
Effect on surface (rating): 5 (no visible change)
Determination of resistance to staining (Procedure A) AS 2924.2-15: 1998
(Equiv. to ISO 4586.2-15: 1997)
Effect on surface (rating): 5 (no visible change)