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GRANITE OR ENGINEERED STONE?

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Quality Countertop Options in Richmond

Are you looking for countertops that not only are elegant to look at but are easy to clean and maintain? Our high-quality engineered stone countertops might be right for you. We customize our countertops based on your needs, which is why you can expect to enjoy the benefits of engineered stone while meeting your design expectations. What makes engineered stone a popular choice for countertops is their unrivalled durability. These countertops last you for a long time to come without showing any signs of wear and tear.

 

We believe that having the right know-how is key to making the right decision regarding your countertops. Please read through the information on this page to decide whether engineered stone countertops are right for you. If you have any queries, you can send them to us, and we will get back to you. Alternatively, you can call us at 778-960-5899.

 

Granite or Engineered Stone?

 

Both granite and engineered stone come with unique features that make them both attractive choices. Choosing between the two can be difficult, and while one material might work in a home, it might not work in another. It would help if you considered these products' individual qualities and placed them against your own needs. The following is a detailed overview of each materials' qualities.

 

What Is Engineered Stone?

 

Engineered stone is a popular term for what we in the industry call- quartz. Our engineered stone countertops are made from quartz crystals that are placed together with the help of resin and pigments. This makes them different from natural stone countertops made from stones such as marble and granite. Quartz countertops and other quartz products such as backsplashes provide the look of natural stone with increased benefits due to the stone being engineered.

 

The Benefits of Engineered Stone

 

Engineered stone has been around for a long time, and with good reason. It comes with countless advantages, which makes it a popular choice for construction, especially of countertops. Some of the many benefits of engineered stone countertops are:

Durability

Quartz is one of the hardest materials available to us. Its strength and durability make it next to impossible to chip and break. Your quartz countertops will last you a long time.

No maintenance

Engineered stone offers close to zero porosity. Engineered stone countertops don't absorb liquids, making them extremely easy to clean.

No staining

While natural stone is prone to staining, engineered stone is highly resistant to staining. This makes it a perfect addition to kitchens, where spills are common.

Versatility

Engineered stone is available in diverse colours and design options, making it a suitable fit for any style of home.

Reasonable cost

Generally, engineered stone tends to be cheaper than natural stone and comes with the increased benefits.

 

Granite Engineered Stone Acrylic and/or Polyester Plastics Tile Laminates
Brand Names n/a Silestone, Ceasarstone, Cambria, Avanza, Zodiaq Corian, Staron, Gibraltar, Avonite, Surell, Hi-Macs Ceramic, Porcelain Wilsonart, Formica, Nevamar, Pinoite, Arbortite
What is it? 100% Natural stone quarried from within the earth Man-made: 85%-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder Man-made: Acrylic or Polyester Plastics Man-made: Ceramic or Porcelain Man-made: Printed colors/patterns on a fiberglass backing
Heat Resistance Not affected by heat Can be affected by high heat (over 400F) Hot pots can warp, melt, crack, or discolor the surface Not affected by heat Hot pots can warp, melt, or discolor the surface
Cleanliness Independent studies have found granite to be one of the most bacteria-resistant surfaces available Non-porous - very resistant to bacteria Deep scratches can harbor dirt and or moisture Grout is very porous and can be difficult to keep clean Non-porous - easy to clean
Scratch Resistance Highly scratch resistant - small scratches can be professionally repaired Highly scratch resistant Scratches easily - can be sanded Finish can be scratched and is usually not repairable Can be scratched - not easily repaired
Fabrication May require seams - various edge profiles available May require seams - various edge profiles available Seamless - usually set on a wood sub-structure - various edge profiles available Should be set on an approved sub-structure - limited edge profiles Sheet material is applied to a wood sub-structure - limited edge profiles
Appearance Highly polished finish - every piece is naturally unique in color and patterning Polished finish - consistent and uniform color and patterning Matte finish - with consistent and uniform color and patterning Grout joints can vary greatly - tile color and shading can vary Highly visible seams - consistent and uniform color and patterning
Maintenance May require periodic sealing to prevent staining n/a Scratches can be sanded out Grout needs to be re-sealed often n/a
Price $46/sf and up MORE expensive than granite Price varies based on color - many of which are more expensive than granite More expensive than tile Inexpensive

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Are you having trouble choosing which material is right for you? We advise you to get in touch with us to get informed suggestions from our team. They will assess your unique demands, lifestyle, tastes and budget to recommend the right product for you.

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