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Is There a Difference Between Natural Stone and Engineered Stone?

Is There a Difference Between Natural Stone and Engineered Stone?

Stone countertops are durable and attractive, which is why they have grown increasingly popular over the past few years. However, natural stone can be extremely expensive which is why some homeowners are choosing engineered stone products instead. Before choosing a countertop surface, it is important to understand the differences.

Engineered Stone

One of the most popular types of engineered countertops is quartz, although they can be made from marble, granite and even semi-precious stone.

Engineered countertops are made from crushed natural stone mixed with a resin binder. The stone and resin are then molded together under intense heat then polished to a gloss or honed to a matte finish. This creates a non-porous material that is extremely durable yet as attractive as natural versions.

Benefits of Engineered Countertops

Although most natural countertops are non-porous, they must be sealed to retain the anti-bacterial feature that most people want in stone. There is no need for sealant to keep engineered stone non-porous. It is also more resistant to staining than natural granite or marble. It is very easy to maintain and is more resistant to scratching or chipping than other surfaces. There are also more colors and designs to choose from than with more uniform color and pattern options.

Precautions For Engineered Countertops

Although most types of engineered countertops cost less than natural countertops, some types can be expensive. It is important to understand that it is not real stone, although it does have the look and feel of natural stone. This means that it will not have the wide variations that marble or granite provide.

Engineered countertops, like their natural counterparts, are heat resistant. However, you should still use trivets and hot pads for pans that are taken directly from the stove or oven. Although the stone will not scorch, grit on the bottom of the pan could lead to scratches, even though this is less likely for engineered products than it is for natural versions.

There are many factors that must go into deciding on a type of countertop for your kitchen or bath. Engineered stone is an excellent option if you want the look of stone without the maintenance.

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