When it comes to choosing the perfect countertops to compliment your kitchen or bathroom space at Rock Fin, most people are unaware of the multitude of options available on the marketplace, as well as the beauty behind engineered stone. Before covering your home in what's currently trending in engineered stone countertops, take a moment to learn more about the benefits and maintenance needs, as well as the color and texture options behind our engineered stone countertops.
The Importance of Quartz in Engineered Stone Countertops
Before delving into the specification of each type of engineered stone, it's important to know that each company uses quartz as a base material for their individual designs. Quartz is a factory-made material, but it is derived from mineral dust. Quartz is the most common mineral found on the surface of the Earth. In fact, it is found in almost every environment and is a component in almost every rock type. The mineral is used so frequently in the countertop industry because it is non-porous, hardy and comes in many different colors. At Rock Fin Countetops, we're pleased to offer our customers a wide-variety of options in engineered stone, including:
- Caesarstone Countertops: Whether you're searching for a classic to ultra-modern look, Caesarstone should be one of your first stops. This non-porous, stain-resistant surface has double the impact resistance compared to granite and can be installed in thinner slabs to save weight, a money-saving feature. You'll also be surprised by the sleek and polished modern look it can add to your kitchen or vanity. At the same time you can achieve a classic look if you were designing, say, a country-French-themed kitchen.
- Ice Stone Countertops: As a little variation to quartz, Ice Stone countertops are made of three ingredients including 100-percent recycled glass, pigments and Portland cement, which is comprised of concrete, mortar and stucco. In this sense IceStone boasts of their safety and sustainability, because each surface is manufactured without petrochemicals or resins. The material, however, is porous, so it requires sealant, waxing and prompt stain removal.
- Cambria Countertops: Now, Cambria countertops are actually pure quartz with only a small amount of pigment and resin thrown in the mix. The end product looks exactly like stone cut fresh from the quarry, however this surface is sealed, stain-resistant and maintenance free. There's also a slab for everyone. Cambria has more than 100 colorful or pleasantly neutral designs that can be used for countertops, vanities, wet bars, showers, etc.
- Silestone Countertops: Silestone is also primarily quartz, silicon dioxide, but this company adds sanded glass, larger quartz grains and mirror effects to create movement in your countertops. These elements can be used for a pleasing, smooth finish that resembles stone, yet without the maintenance or worry. The hues range from bold to neutral, and now they offer a texture option called 'Suede'. These countertops add an unusual rugged yet soft texture to your countertops, much like leather.
- Zodiaq Countertops: These quartz countertops are also durable, long-lasting and almost effortless. These surfaces by DuPont offer a pop of polished color as interior wall surfaces, corporate offices, home kitchens and even restaurants. Zodiaq also offers matte colors for a subtle yet sleek design option in your home bath or kitchen remodeling projects.
An Engineered Stone Countertop to Fit Your Need
As you can see, there are endless design possibilities with quartz-based, engineered stone countertops. From a subtle, polished, granite look to the appearance of fresh-cut stone, engineered materials are a great, durable and low-maintenance option for all of your remodeling or construction needs. If you have any further questions on any of the materials above or if you'd like a free quote, please contact Rock Fin Countertops today.