Engineered Stone Countertops
For many homeowners, kitchen and bathroom countertops are cornerstones of their interior design. Natural stone has long been the material of choice, as it can effortlessly elevate any living space. However, engineered stone countertops have also become increasingly popular due to their durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal. Allow us to describe a few types and benefits of engineered stone in detail.
What Is Engineered Stone?
Engineered stone is a manufactured product composed of pigments and minerals (often quartz) held together by resin binders. It’s both stain and scratch resistant, and it can even be more durable than granite in some cases. Contractors and homeowners alike also appreciate the design flexibility that engineered stone can bring to any project.
The result is an incredibly durable surface that can satisfy any design need while withstanding constant use. Engineered stone is available in large-format slabs suitable for countertops or backsplashes, as well as complex 3D integral sinks and shower trays for creative installations. It may also be formed into large or small tiles for shower surrounds and kitchen or bathroom floors.
Engineered stone comes in varieties ranging from soft, neutral tones to vibrant shades with endless possibilities for personalized creations. In addition, it’s also nonporous and extremely easy to clean, making it suitable for kitchen areas as well as washrooms. Thanks to its superior strength, durability, and minimal maintenance, many homeowners consider engineered quartz to be the best choice for their countertop needs.
Keep in mind that while engineered quartz products make amazing bathroom and kitchen countertops, they simply aren’t suited for outdoor use. Direct sunlight can cause some of these products to weaken and discolor, and many of them are susceptible to damage from sudden high heat. That’s why we instead recommend granite, porcelain, and certain ultra-compacts for outdoor spaces and fireplace surrounds.
Types of Engineered Stone
Engineered stone has been around for decades. It was first developed in 1963 by Breton S.p.A. located in northeast Italy. Today, dozens of companies around the world still create engineered quartz products using the original Breton process. It involves crushing minerals like quartz, blending them with polymers, then heating and pressing the material into slabs mimicking the hardness of natural stone.
There are several types of engineered stone available to today’s homeowners. Quartz is one of the most popular because it looks and feels like natural stone but can be more flexible and durable. Major manufacturers of engineered quartz products include Caesarstone, Cambria, Cosentino, and Vicostone.
Cosentino provides popular brands such as Dekton and Silestone, and Cambria is the leading producer of engineered quartz surfaces in America. Caesarstone is enjoyed across the world, maintaining manufacturing plants in Israel, India, and the U.S.
Benefits of Engineered Stone Countertops
One of the biggest benefits of using engineered quartz countertops over natural stone is the maintenance. In fact, they require little effort to maintain their condition and appearance for years. All you need to do is wipe them down with mild, non-acidic cleanser (like Simple Green) and water on a regular basis to keep them looking like new.
Quartz is also stain resistant, making it ideal for high-traffic areas or food preparation stations. Plus, many varieties come pre-cut in assorted sizes and shapes, which makes installation quick and easy compared to some natural stone slabs. Quartz countertops generally feature little to no seams and can last at least 20 years with proper care and maintenance.
Quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns that can fit any style or interior design. From classic marble looks to modern concrete styles, they allow homeowners to create their perfect aesthetic without breaking the bank. Plus, stone fabricators can often repolish or refinish engineered quartz countertops, making them much more flexible and customizable over time.
Ask Us about Engineered Stone Countertops
Engineered stone has quickly become one of the most popular options for homeowners looking for a practical and beautiful material for their kitchen and bathrooms. With their durability, aesthetic appeal, and minimal maintenance needs, engineered stones like quartz can truly offer something for everyone.
If you’re planning a renovation or simply want to spruce up your home’s décor, then consider the benefits of using engineered stone in your next project. We’d love the opportunity to show you our selection of quartz in our showroom in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please feel free to give us a call, send us an email, or reach out online to get started today.