Look: Engineered Stone Countertops!

Look: Engineered Stone Countertops!

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 9, 2008

Around for awhile but picking up steam in recent years, the newer and better look of engineered stone products are making waves in the countertop world. Many designers and homeowners are saying out with granite, and in with engineered stone...

It seems everywhere we look in Austin, engineered stone countertops are all the rage. In fact, there are at least a few buses here in the city with giant full-side Silestone advertisements. Made mostly of real stone, like quartz, engineered stone is a composite product more durable than its completely natural stone counterpart.

Resistant to heat, stains, scratches and wear it's also easy to maintain. While it might not look as stone-like as actual stone, it comes in a ton of colors to coordinate with traditional homes or more modern rooms. And, priced at $45-$125 per square foot installed, it can fit into most anyone's budget. Silestone, Ceasarstone, Dupont's Zodiac, Cambria and Okite are some of the bigger brands selling engineered stone, and prices as well as available colors differ from company to company.

What are your thoughts on engineered stone? Have you used this product in the past? Share your opinions!

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