A granite countertop has long been the go-to for Kent, WA residents looking to imbue their kitchens, bathrooms or other areas with a sense of luxury. Engineered stone countertops can lend you the same feel while providing a few additional benefits. Let’s explore what engineered stone countertops and what makes them an attractive option for home and business owners.
What are Engineered Stone Countertops?
Natural stone countertops are cut from materials like marble, pure granite, or sandstone. Engineered stone countertops are often called “quartz” countertops in the industry. That’s because they are composed of both quartz and a binding resin pressed together into a nearly-unbreakable surface.
Engineered stone countertops look and feel like natural granite or slate, though you might notice more uniformity in the color than you would find in true natural stone. The color comes primarily from the quartz’ natural color, though the material can be enhanced with colorants to perfectly match the interior of any room.
While most engineered stone countertops use quartz as their primary material, there are a few brands that use other stone as a base. That can include granite, cement, marble, or even precious stones. Feel free to ask questions about the make-up of any product under consideration.
What Makes Them So Appealing?
You will be happy to know that engineered stone countertops are nearly as durable as granite or other natural stone materials. Here are a few more aspects of quartz countertops that might appeal to you as a homeowner.
- The surface is heat-resistant.
- It is difficult to scratch or cut the material.
- Engineered stone countertops crack less easily than natural stone.
- The surface resists absorption of any liquids.
- The non-porous material makes it hard for bacteria to spread.
The above qualities would work well for a household that does a lot of cooking with raw meat and vegetables. Engineered stone countertops hold up well to the wear and tear of heavy daily use. That makes them an excellent option for restaurants or other businesses who want to add an upgraded feel to their workplace.
What Brands Should I Consider?
Some of the more popular products on the market used for engineered stone include IceStone, Caesarstone, Silestone, and Cambria. The brand you choose should be both acid-resistance and resistant to absorption. Ask about any warranties that could come in handy if the material does not live up to your expectations.
Are you interested in doing a more in-depth exploration of engineered stone countertops? Contact Granite Top Inc. at (253) 277-2399 to schedule an appointment to review samples and explore your options.