Natural or Engineered Stone: What Should You Choose?

In your kitchen, you want to make sure that your choice of stone aligns with your design vision and purpose. To create a beautiful finish, it’s best to do research about different types of material for stone kitchen benchtops, in terms of durability, practicality and aesthetics. In this article, we’ll be delving deeper into the world of stone materials to consider the differences between natural and engineered stone.

Natural stone

Exactly as it sounds, natural stone has existed for thousands of years, all around the world and is a natural resource. Because of this, no two natural stone slabs are the same. Unique, with its own distinct story to tell, naturally forming stone can create a beautiful finish in the kitchen.

It has a wide spectrum of colours, styles, structures and levels of porosity. However, when it comes to natural stone, price does not necessarily determine quality. More expensive stone may be softer and easier to scratch, making it impractical in high traffic areas such as the kitchen.

Engineered stone

Introduced in the late 1980s, engineered stone was created to replicate the look and feel of naturally forming stone. It was created in response to the rising demand for consistency and greater density across stone products. With the tough mineral quartz as the main component of engineered stone, it’s resistant to scratches, chips and stains.

It can be great for stone kitchen benchtops due to its durability and hygiene factors. However, because engineered stone is made primarily from quartz, which is naturally forming, there may be tonal differences between the sample slab and what actually appears in your kitchen.

There really isn’t a type of stone that can be considered better; rather, it’s about choosing the best for your stone kitchen benchtops. Stone Design Group offer a huge range of marble, granite, caesarstone and high-end stone kitchen benchtops. For more information, get in touch by calling 03 9498 3444 today.