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Choosing Engineered Stones

 

Color and Appearance

To the untrained eye, quartz surfaces appear to be natural stone. What makes it different?

Natural rock is variable by nature ... colors and patterns may shift and change on a large slab. Surface pits are a mark of granite. Engineered stone on the other hand, displays a "consistent variability" or mottling in color and texture throughout a quartz countertop.

The actual appearance of the quartz surface varies depending on the size and mix of the granules. Smaller, finer crystals give a more uniform appearance, while larger ones provide a more mottled look.

Quartz surfacing is available in colors may not be found in nature, as the crushed stone is generally mixed with pigment. Take advantage, and choose a color that dazzles while still looking like stone.

In addition to granite, some manufacturers produce engineered stone that looks like marble, travertine, concrete, and other natural stone.

Because engineered stone is a natural stone product, seams are required for any application that is longer /or wider than the slab size (generally 55"x120").

These seams are visible, but are often less noticeable than a typical granite seam - where the seams may show changes in pattern and shade.

As with solid surfaces, integrated sinks are available in quartz countertops.