FAQ

What are ForzaStone Panels
So,.. is it REAL stone?
Is ForzaStone® an environmentally friendly product?
What are the consumer benefits of ForzaStone®?
What are the installer/contractor benefits of ForzaStone®?
What colors are available?
What are the standard sizes?
What is the largest size that can be ordered?
Will water ever get through the recessed soap compartments?
Are the seams waterproof?
Is it possible to get book-matched panels to ensure some color consistency?
What are the lead times for special order sizes and colors?
How much stronger and lighter are ForzaStone® Panels?
Are there minimum order quantities for special order colors or sizes?
What accessories are available with ForzaStone®?
How do I clean ForzaStone® Panels?
What applications are there for ForzaStone®?
What materials make up the support backer?
Can I install overtop of existing tile or surface?
Will ForzaStone® Panels ever come apart or separate?
Will ForzaStone® Panels ever rust?
Because the backer is metal do I need to worry about condensation?
Since the panel back is smooth does an installer need to rough the back surface?
Since Travertine is porous will the panels ever leak?
Are ForzaStone® Panels manufactured to be squared 90 degree angles?
Do I have to use a trim around the edges of ForzaStone® Panels?
Can ForzaStone® be installed on the ceiling?
Can ForzaStone® Panels be used as flooring?


 

What are ForzaStone® Panels?
ForzaStone® Natural Stone Panels are real slab stone. The panel utilizes an engineered technology to create a super strong support structure that allows the slab to be cut very thin. The end result is a ForzaStone® slab of stone that is stronger and lighter than traditional slabs.

 

So,.. is it REAL stone?
YES! ForzaStone® panels are real slabs of stone!

 

Is ForzaStone® an environmentally friendly product?
Yes. In Procurement, Process, Product and Application. We like to think about our business as “Supporting Mother Nature.”

  • ForzaStone® uses 83% less stone from the quarry than traditional slabs due to the ability to make it so thin.
  • The reduced weight allows 400% more to be shipped on every truckload which drastically reduces emissions.
  • ForzaStone® is manufactured in a facility that recycles the wastewater, dust and stone scrap for reuse in manufacturing.
  • It consists of all natural stone which is supported by an engineered backer which is made using recycled plastic and recycled metal alloy.
  • The adhesives are low-VOC and ForzaStone® can also be used in accordance with certain LEED specifications that can add points to a project seeking LEED certification.
  • ForzaStone® is a member of the United States Green Building Council.

What are the consumer benefits of ForzaStone®?
 

  • ForzaStone® is easy to clean and maintain.
  • It is real natural stone, so it is extremely durable, UV safe, and will last a lifetime.
  • It is customizable so it will go with any décor or style and can easily be accessorized with tile, decos, glass, shelves, etc.
  • ForzaStone® is luxurious and high-end, but also affordable.
  • ForzaStone® can be installed simply and easily in less than a day pending customization.

What are the installer/contractor benefits of ForzaStone®?
 

  • ForzaStone® comes in most commonly needed prefabricated sizes with true square edges to minimize wastage when buying material.
  • There is no shop time needed and no special tools needed. ForzaStone® can easily be cut on-site using a Festool® Plunge-cut Saw and Track system with a diamond stone blade.
  • It has easy to sell consumer benefits, as well as the being easy to customize for inclusion of accessories & décor.
  • ForzaStone’s lightweight nature makes it simple to transport and reduces damages.
  • Installation is fast and simple. This reduces labor costs and increases efficiency.

What colors are available?
ForzaStone® and our distribution partners stock some of the most popular travertine and marble colors. To see the current stock colors, click here. ForzaStone® can make panels in almost any stone and almost any color on special order basis to fulfill your client’s needs. Please visit www.forzastone.com for more information or email info@forzastone.com.

 

What are the standard sizes?
Standard sizes are those most commonly used for shower and tub surrounds. These sizes should accommodate any interior project.

  • 96” x 60”
  • 72” x 60”

 

What is the largest size that can be ordered?
Currently the largest custom order size is 96" x 60".

 

Will water ever get through the recessed soap compartments?
All soap compartments have a waterproof membrane applied during the manufacturing process to make them waterproof. They are tested prior to shipping.

 

Are the seams waterproof?
They can and should be. ForzaStone® recommends waterproofing behind seams first and then using a matching colored 100% silicone flexible sealant adhesive for seams. If applied correctly in accordance with installation guidelines, all seams should be waterproof and should be warrantable by the installer.

 

Is it possible to get book-matched panels to ensure some color consistency?
By special request only - Yes. ForzaStone® panels often have the book-match available in the same lot. While all stone has color variations, ForzaStone® panels are all labeled with lot numbers that specify which stone block it was cut from to ensure the best possible color consistency.

 

What are the lead times for special order sizes and colors?
The lead times will vary, but as an estimate, 8 to 10 weeks. Some special order lead times are longer, but that will need to be discussed with your distributor rep.

 

How much stronger and lighter are ForzaStone® Panels?
ForzaStone® is 800% stronger than 3cm slabs and yet is 85% lighter weighing only 3 lbs per square foot.

 

Are there minimum order quantities for special order colors or sizes?
Yes. Typically, if you were to request a unique color or stone that was not normally carried by the distributor or ForzaStone®, the MOQ would be determined by the minimum raw stone material ForzaStone® would have to procure. It is typically about five hundred square feet, but can vary. In some cases it can be less than a hundred square feet.

 

What accessories are available with ForzaStone®?
ForzaStone® has the following accessories that match the stones offered.

  • Soap Dish/Shelf – this piece has a drain hole drilled in the center and is routered on one side for soap. When installed the opposite way, it acts as a shelf.
  • Shampoo Compartment – this piece is a prefabricated and waterproofed rectangle recessed niche.
  • ¾" Pencil Trim and Ogee Trim – the trim pieces match the panels and can be used to trim out the edges of the ForzaStone® when it is applied overtop of existing surfaces, or if the customer desires a more decorative trim than the standard painted edge.
  • 2cm Prefab Shower Curb Caps that are 74” x 6” – these have 4cm laminated bullnose edges on both sides to make installation simple and easy and the finished product looking beautiful and groutless.
  • Deco Mosaics – ForzaStone® and its distributor partners have a variety of decorative inlays and tiles that will fit your décor needs.
  • 12” x 12” Matching Mosaic Floor Tile – Available in all ForzaStone® colors and in Chateau and Brick Patterns.
  • For more details, see the accessories section of forzastone.com.

How do I clean ForzaStone® Panels?
Firstly - After installation, acetone or denatured alcohol can be used to remove dirt, dust, marks and residue. Then for regular maintenance, ForzaStone® can be cleaned with hot water and a sponge. It is real stone, and so normal stone care and maintenance apply. For details on stone maintenance see the Care & Maintenance section on forzastone.com. Be sure that after installation, that the ForzaStone® was sealed with a stone sealer such as Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator.

 

What applications are there for ForzaStone®?
Besides shower and tub surrounds; ForzaStone® can also be used in many applications such as wall cladding, wainscoating, tub decks, steam rooms, spas, gyms, resorts, restaurants, yachts, elevators, RV’s, lobbies and more. It can also be cut with a water-jet to make detailed and intricate inlays and designs

 

What materials make up the support backer?
The backer is recycled plastic ply laminate that is sandwiched between two layers of aluminum alloy.

 

Can I install overtop of existing tile or surface?
Yes. However, ForzaStone® is adamant that this be done only at the installer & homeowner’s discretion.

 

Will ForzaStone® Panels ever come apart or separate?
ForzaStone® has been designed and tested using ASTM standards and it has been shown that it should not ever delaminate. The special adhesives used are patented and have been modified from the aerospace industry. Additionally, ForzaStone® has a LIFETIME warranty.

 

Will ForzaStone® Panels ever rust?
The metal component in the backer is an aluminum alloy, which is rust proof.

 

Because the backer is metal do I need to worry about condensation?
No. ForzaStone® has been tested using ASTM standards for temperature transfer and the multi-layered panel acts as an insulator and does not promote condensation.

 

Since the panel back is smooth does an installer need to rough the back surface?
For the most effective bond, we recommend the use of a wire brush to rough up the surface. Then make sure that the surface is clean and dry to ensure proper bonding of recommended adhesives.

 

Since Travertine is porous will the panels ever leak?
ForzaStone® Travertine panels have been ASTM tested and are water resistant and allow for no water penetration. The panel system is designed to be waterproof and once the stone sealed the panel will be impenetrable.

 

Are ForzaStone® Panels manufactured to be squared 90 degree angles?
Yes. The panels are manufactured using state-of-the-art cutting machines that create the 90 degree angles with a 0.001mm tolerance.

 

Do I have to use a trim around the edges of ForzaStone® Panels?
No, it is not required and some homeowners prefer a more minimal appearance. In that instance, a matching interior latex paint will work perfectly. However, if one would like a more decorative look, any glass or stone tile, stone chair rail, OG trim or pencil trim can be used in conjunction with ForzaStone®. ForzaStone® also manufactures matching color mini-Ogee and ¾” Pencil trim for each panel color.

 

Can ForzaStone® be installed on the ceiling?
Yes! The lightweight nature of ForzaStone® panels allows them to be used for ceiling installation.

 

Can ForzaStone® Panels be used as flooring?
In certain applications. ForzaStone® Natural Stone Panels can be used as flooring if laid with an approved setting material.