People are often uncertain as to what “engineered stone” actually is. Part of the confusion is probably due to the fact that this material is also known as quartz stone, composite stone, reconstituted stone …. the list goes on.
In essence, engineered stone is natural quartz which has been crushed, and then reconsituted into slabs of different thickness using an adhesive, such as an epoxy or acrylic resin. Other materials may also be added such as pigments, shells etc. Slabs are typically 6-7 mm, 12 mm or 20 mm thick. Thinner slabs are applied over a substrate, providing an attractive, solid-stone look.
Quartz slabs generally contain over 90% stone, so still offer many of the same advantages as solid, natural stone. Whilst quartz stone benchtops can look, feel and behave like solid stone benchtops, they offer certain benefits not generally available with natural stone.
Engineered stone is less porous that natural stone so is more resistant to staining. It is also harder and more flexible, which makes it less prone to cracking and chipping. It is also is more heat resistant than natural stone.
Natural stone is unique, with no two pieces alike. Engineered stone however offers a more consistent quality and colour, which is partly the reason it was developed in the first place.
The thinner engineered stone slabs are perfect for renovation jobs as they can simply be applied as a stone overly on top of existing countertops.
Add to all this the fact that engineered stone comes in a very wide range of colours and you have a very attractive product.
So, if you’re looking for stone counters which suit your decor, and which are highly durable and easy to care for, consider engineered stone. It could be the perfect option!