Porcelain, Engineered, Natural?

Benchtops materials galore! What's the difference?


Keep reading to find out what you should know about these materials if you are selecting a Benchtop!


Designing Interiors, Project Kingfisher, Photographer: Nira Creative


PORCELAIN


Porcelain stone is made through compression of raw clays and materials and fired at over 1100 degrees creating a highly durable surface.


Why we love it: Suitable for internal and external use, beautiful selection of designs available, non-porous, scratch and stain resistant.


Important to know: Design is not full bodied, so do not go through the entire thickness of the slab. This can be counter-acted by choosing a very thin 12mm benchtop style, or by creating a thick 30 - 40mm benchtop thickness by mitring the edge.



ENGINEERED STONE


The most commonly used, Engineered stone is manufactured through the pressing of pure quartz, polymer resins and colourants together to form a consistent, strong and aesthetically consistent surface.


Why we love it: Full bodied designs, large selection of colours and patterns, mimics natural stone, suitable for thick 30 - 40mm+ benchtops.


Important to know: Whilst engineered stone is thought to be non-porous, some textured, natural or matt finishes available can require more maintenance to prevent stains or damage.



Designing Interiors, Project Croome, Photographer: Darren Kerr


NATURAL STONE


As described, Natural stone is a beautiful, raw stone quarried from the earth. Some examples include marble, limestone, travertine, granite, quartzite and more!


Why we love it: Each piece is unique, no two are the same!


Important to know: We recommend selecting your slab in person, to ensure you know what you are getting. Natural Stone is a porous product and requires sealing and maintenance every 3-5years.


So tell us... what will you choose?

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