RSV Real Stone Veneer® vs Onyx


Onyx is a great material for sure. Its soothing warm glow emitted when backlit makes for a stimulating ambience in many applications.

RSV Real Stone Veneer® when backlit will create a similar appearance.

Both materials have their place in a number of high end applications, neither of them will be a fit for every situation.

Major benefit of our surface materials is light weight, which allows us to plan for easy future maintenance of lighting components. View all of our surface material options and you will see that we can create just about any color desired and color matches for large applications, which is impossible with crystalline materials.

 

Here are some comparisons:

yellow-onyx-vs-rsv yellow onyx
 

RSV®

Onyx

     
Warm yellowish glow when backlit Yes Yes
     
Choice of colors (with backlighting) Many One
     
Weight (incl. Acrylic) 1 to 2 lbs/ SF 10 to 12 lbs/ SF
     
Breakability (shattering) No Yes
     
Substrate complexity None to easy Involved to very involved
     
Necessary additional support None Depending on slab size
     
Workability Easy Hard
     
2-D flexible (small or large radius) Yes No
     
3-D flexible (small or large spherical) Yes No
     
Impact resistance High Low
     
Maintenance Easy Hard to impossible
     
Transport/ fragility None Considerable
     
Tooling requirements No machine tools Machine tools
     
Create stone inlay Yes No
     
Visible corner joints Minimal Visible
     
Cold appearance (non-backlit) Sandstone Onyx
     
Price for Substructure None Considerable
     
Price (project cost) around 30-40% of Onyx  

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