When it comes to selecting stone countertops, there are so many options available, it is not always easy to decide which is the best suited to your home or even budget. In this blog we will cover the differences of natural cut stones compared to that of engineered stones or more commonly known as Quartz.
The reason for this is that natural stones are as the name says, made of naturally formed stone and cut to size to be used as countertops and for many other worldly applications. Natural stone such as Granite and Marble are often the most common choice when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops. This is due to the durability of the stone, it’s beautiful colours and gradients. However these stones do come with some cons, natural stones are a bit higher maintenance and must be taken care of. Natural stone can crack over time and often get scratch marks.
Engineered stone countertops are man-made, by making use of natural minerals such as quartz and a special resin to keep it all together. These countertops last a great deal of time, and are much lower maintenance than their natural stone counterparts. The engineered stone offers durability and strength with little variation from that of natural stone, engineered stone can handle high heats like that of pots and pans straight off the stove tops and does not crack or scratch.. Selection of engineered stone is not any easier than the natural stone as there are many types such as: Silestone, Caeserstone, Cambria, Okite, Technistone and Icestone.
The only downside is that pricing for these different types of stones don’t vary too far apart. Making the decision of natural stone vs engineered stones a lot more difficult. In the end the choice is up to you. Check out our website for the best options and pricing for all natural and engineered stones and countertops.