Engineered Stone Benchtops

 

Selecting the perfect benchtop for your new kitchen can be difficult and time-consuming. The large selection of benchtop materials can make it challenging to pick the right one for your lifestyle and space. Three key elements of your ideal benchtop are unique style, durability and require low maintenance. There are several wonderful benchtop materials which go into the category of Stone benchtops. However, they are quite different in terms of composition and manufacture process.

Engineered stone is a man-made product that dates back to the late 1980’s. The main component in engineered stone is quartz which is one of nature’s strongest minerals.

Quartz characteristics:

  • Non-porous
  • High resistance to scratching & chipping
  • High abrasion resistance
  • High resistance to acids & oils
  • Strong resistance to staining
  • High flexural strength
  • Heat resistant

Usually, engineered stone contains more than 93% natural quartz, the remaining content consists of a bonding agent, pigment and additives that creates the over 40 different varieties of stone on offer.

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The popular thickness of the benchtop is 20mm or 40mm. The latest trend - straight edges and corners. Bullnosed edges are still met  but are not as popular as 20-30 years ago. 

Some Colors from Silestone
Some Colours from VedaStone
Ceramic and Porcelain Slab $$$
Ceramic and Porcelain Slab $$$

European innovation has just started to be imported into the Australian market and sometimes people refer to it as "stone" . But actually, it is a similar to tilies material. It'is durable once installed but require special skills when manipulated and more expensive compared to most engineered stones. 

Extremely stain-resistant, heat-resistant and scratch-resistant  but much thinner (6 or 12mm) and lighter than stone. 

Can be installed over existing benchtops to reduce costs. 

Standard slab sizes are 3200 x 1600 

The porcelain can now be supplied from several stone suppliers like VedaStone or Silestone. Find you porcelain benchtop HERE.