Engineered or man-made stone products are increasingly popular. Engineered stone is not a true natural stone, but creates a more durable, cheaper alternative. While it can provide a similar look to natural stone, it lacks the characteristic variations and grain of natural stone. In general, engineered stone is considered more durable, heat- and stain-resistant, less porous, and more continuous or “even” in appearance.
QUARTZ + RESIN COMPOSITES
Most engineered stone products consist of at least 90 percent natural quartz bound together by resins.
- DuPont™ Zodiaq®
- LG Viatera®
- Silestone® —The only countertop with built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection.
IceStone® surfaces are made from 100% recycled glass and cement to create a high performance, green concrete material. IceStone can be used for countertops, back splashes, bathroom vanities, shower and bathtub surrounds, table tops, bar tops, interior walls, and commercial flooring applications. IceStone durable surfaces do not contain any petrochemicals and therefore will not fade from direct sun exposure. They are chemically benign and 99.5% inorganic. Link to IceStone Web Site >>
ECO™ by Consentino
ECO™ by Cosentino is a durable surface made of 75% recycled content composed of post-industrial or post-consumer materials and is bound by an environmentally friendly resin which comes in part from corn oil. ECO by Cosentino is also an ideal substitute for natural or engineered stone. Link to ECO™ Consentino Web Site >>
NATURAL STONE PRODUCTS
Marlique is made of 93 percent marble and seven percent polyester resin and pigments. It is considered more durable and consistent than quarried marble. It less porous than marble, and is more resistant to scratches and stains. Marlique offers a lustrous glow and ultra-smooth surface. Link to Marlique Marble Web Site >>
Scalea includes beautiful marbles, rich travertines and soapstones, all in four unique finishes. Products also include creative mosaic back splashes, as well as flooring. Link to Scalea Web Site >>
Soterra is an integrated system of coordinating natural marble and granite products. These thin, reinforced slabs are suited for stone surfaces, shower and tub enclosures, and floors. They can be combined with matching pre-shaped molding and edge treatments, tiles and vanities for consistent color and veining across an entire project. Link to Soterra Web Site >>