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Using Stone on Your Countertops

The superman of stone, stone surfacing provides a nearly indestructible material, ideal for homeowners who want a beautiful countertop that they might occasionally spill wine on. Providing the look of natural stone with a mettle that laughs in the face of coffee, lemon juice, and high-maintenance care, its non-porous nature protects against more than just stains—it's also extremely hygienic, making it a food-safe choice.

Though stone surfacing is sometimes referred to as “engineered” stone, don't be fooled into thinking that you'll end up with a synthetic countertop. Expect pure natural stone (generally upwards of 90 percent) mixed with epoxy resin binders. The care-free surface doesn't require sealants. Boasting the look of natural stone, stone surfacing has a consistent color; its color should be very close to what you saw in the showroom.

Quick tip:

Stone surfacing is available in colors not 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.

Pros

Does not require sealants.
Scratch-resistant with diamond-like hardness, you can cut on stone (excessive force can damage it, however).
Consistent color.
Its non-porous nature makes it virtually stain-free.
Can be worked into a decorative edge.

Cons

Though it can briefly tolerate moderate temperatures for a brief time, you'll want to use a hot pad or trivet when placing a hot pan on it.
Integrated sinks are not available, as with solid surfacing.

Maintenance

Though it's important to always follow your manufacturer's specific instructions, stone surfacing producer Cambria recommends washing with warm water and a pH neutral, non-abrasive cleaner.


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