Natural Stone vs. Engineered Quartz

There are two primary materials to choose from when looking for kitchen countertops: natural stone and engineered quartz. So what is the difference between natural stone and engineered quartz?

Engineered Quartz:

Engineered quartz is also simply called quartz. But engineered quartz stone is not found naturally, but made from quartz crystals held together with a resin binder. This makes it possible to create a variety of different colors and patterns for you to choose from for your countertops.

Engineered Quartz Concerns:

Engineered quartz countertops have their own advantages and concerns. Some concerns people have about these countertops is that they are so hard, they are painful to run or bump into. This is the case with most stone countertops, but quartz is harder and less absorbent of any shock than most stone. Another thing that is a concern with quartz countertops is the resin in the counters. The binding material, or resin, used to manufacture these countertops can become discolored with age and with exposure to heat. So make sure to take care of these quartz countertops the same as you would with natural stone.

Engineered Quartz Advantages:

Engineered quartz has several advantages that natural stone can not offer. First of all it is harder and therefore more durable. This means this material is ideal for a high traffic kitchen. Your countertops will be able to handle your busy life. It is less easy to chip or scratch and it better resists stains and liquids. It is also not affected by common household cleaners in the same way. Engineered stone can withstand a higher pH balance and is not affected by acidic materials like natural stone is. All this makes it easier to use and care for quartz or engineered stone.

Natural Stone:

Natural stone is stone found in nature and formed by a natural processes. The most notable kinds of natural stone are granite and marble, although there are a variety of stone choices, such as quartzite, soapstone, and travertine.

Natural Stone Concerns:

Natural stone is a lot more brittle than engineered quartz. Natural stone is also naturally porpous which means it absorbs all liquids. Before bringing natural stone into your home, you have to know how to properly seal and take care of your natural stone countertops. Sealing should take place every 1-2 years, unless extreme wear and tear has taken place on the surface. It is also affected by acidic spills such as wine and juices. Any spills need to be cleaned up immediately so as not to permanently damage the stone.

Natural Stone Advantage:

An advantage of natural stone is first and foremost its beauty and its uniqueness. This is unparalleled by any man made stone. When it is properly sealed and taken care of, natural stone will last for many generations and does not need to be replaced often. Natural stone is a great investment for your home if you want to add beauty and value to your kitchen.

The Verdict: Natural Stone vs. Engineered Quartz:

In conclusion, both natural stone and engineered quartz have attached to them a similar price tag. They are both very beautiful and with the proper care will last for a very long time. Engineered quartz is more suitable for a high traffic kitchen, whereas natural stone is better suited for a unique and ageless kitchen space. Both these materials offer the customer many benefits, and choosing the one that is best for you is a job for your Star Home Remodeling Design Specialist. If you want to discuss your options, make a free no-obligation consultation appointment online or call us today.