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Benefits Of Engineered Stone Benchtops

by Bessie Beck

When it comes to remodelling your kitchen, the choice of benchtop materials can be challenging. Which is best? One option is engineered stone, which provides a range of benefits.

Design Options

Typically constructed using quartz, engineered stone counters bring a beautiful, natural element into your kitchen. They consist of crushed rock and binding resins. Manufacturers produce benchtops in a wide range of tones and textures by mixing and matching the stones to achieve desired looks. They can mimic marble, granite or other particular species of stone. Because the range is so vast and controlled, it's easy to match an engineered benchtop to other kitchen elements, such as cabinetry and splashbacks.

Hygienic and stain resistant

Natural stone such as marble and granite is somewhat porous, so when working in the kitchen, you need to take care to wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining. This removes your attention from the task at hand. Engineered stone, on the other hand, is pre-sealed and non-porous, so it won't soak up liquids and discolour. When cooking, you can focus on what you're doing without having to worry too much about your benchtop.

Consistent Colours And Textures

With natural stone counters, the pigments and patterns differ depending on the origin of the rock. This variation makes it challenging to match several benchtops for a cohesive look throughout your kitchen. Because engineered stone results from processing, these benches have more consistency. The combination of crushed rock is able to be adjusted until it displays exactly the right tones and patterns.

Durable And Low-Maintenance

The materials that go into the engineered stone combine to produce extremely durable countertops. Natural stone, having already developed across the ages, is enduring, and the additional hardening resins provide further strength. If the bench does chip, you can repair it. Typically, engineered stone is pre-sealed, and so doesn't need regular sealing like natural stone does.

Smaller Environmental Footprint

Because engineered stone uses crushed rock rather than solid slabs, it has a smaller environmental footprint. Rocks of any size can undergo crushing, so everything contributes and nothing goes to waste. However, solid benches can only originate from large mined pieces, which requires more mining overall to create the same number of counters.

An engineered kitchen benchtop makes use of the natural colours that have developed organically in quartz across eons, and so they add a stunning element into the kitchen. Processing then brings the benefits of consistency of pattern, plus resilience and durability.

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