Stone benchtops – granite, marble, limestone and soapstone being the most popular – have become the go to choice for the modern kitchen. And for very good reasons. Stone benchtops look great, last for decades and can stand up to an awful lot of harsh treatment while still retaining their good looks and function. Engineered stone is a newer player in the game but some homeowners are not even too sure what engineered stone actually is.

Is Engineered Stone “Fake” Stone?

The first think that engineered stone is not is unnatural. It is composed of small rock formations which are held together by the kind of sticky resin produced by many tree species. Together they form a rock hard surface that can then be cut into large slabs that can be used to create benchtops and other home furnishings.

Most of the engineered stone used in Australian homes is quartz based, producing a high shine surface that comes in a myriad of different shades and colors. Engineered stone is very easy to care for and more durable than materials like wood, which does make a splendid benchtop choice visually but will often rot over time even if well taken care of. Engineered is less prone to cracking than natural stone alternatives like granite and far less porous than a softer alternative like limestone.

Price wise engineered stone will usually cost less than natural stone but it is by no means inexpensive. On the plus side though it is an investment that will last for decades and that face alone makes it worth every extra penny for most homeowners.

Engineered Stone Out of the Kitchen

Although it is indeed hugely popular for use in the kitchen engineered stone can work wonderfully all over the home. Because it is so easy to maintain it works well in the bathroom, as a flooring material and even on the walls in the form of engineered stone tiles. Check out our photo gallery below for some inspiration!