October 10, 2019 | Smart Facts
The hard facts: natural stone vs engineered stone benchtops

If you’re a renovator trying to establish the pros and cons of natural stone vs engineered stone such as Smartstone, this guide will help clear things up for you. While marble has been a prized material since ancient times, now modern technology delivers a smarter way to enjoy its prestige and veined beauty. Smartstone, engineered quartz surfaces perfectly replicate many styles of marble and actually improve on nature to offer marble style with quartz substance.

A busy modern home needs a hardwearing surface, particularly in the kitchen which is the hub of family life. It’s here that engineered stone kitchen benchtops will really have the edge on marble, which is prone to staining, scratches, chips and cracking. Smartstone surfaces, on the other hand, are manufactured with a minimum of 93% quartz, one of the hardest minerals on earth. The quartz is engineered using advanced technology to give it superior durability. Smartstone surfaces have been tested by the CSIRO for resistance to chipping, scratches, stains, heat, chemicals and mould. 

Smartstone is also a far more practical choice for bathrooms. Marble is porous and readily absorbs liquids. Smartstone has low moisture absorption making it perfect for wet areas such as stone vanity tops and bowls, bath surrounds and kitchen benchtops in both residential and commercial interiors.

Smartstone is more affordable than marble, which is extremely expensive. Smartstone is a very cost-effective surface option, with a price range to suit all budgets. The choice of larger slab size offered by Smartstone will help renovators save even more while increasing design options, making them closer to realising their dream kitchen or bathroom.

For the environmentally-aware renovator, Smartstone is a more sustainable surface choice. Quartz is the most abundant mineral on earth, so choosing it in engineered form as Smartstone is better for the planet. Marble is considered to be an unsustainable material as it is a non-renewable resource and has very energy intensive manufacturing processes.

From stone kitchen splashbacks to benchtops to your stone bathroom vanity, Smartstone surfaces are so easy to maintain – take a look at our simple cleaning guide to see just how easy. Unlike high-maintenance marble, Smartstone will never need sealing or waxing.

Within Smartstone’s marble-inspired quartz surface collections, there is a style of veining to suit everyone’s taste, from soft marble looks such as Athena, through to bold, dramatic veins such as Statuario Venato. 

Left photo from Resident Avenue / Top and right photo from HOMES by CMA


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