I don’t think anyone would disagree that Engineered stone – otherwise known as man made – is a beautiful and modern option for your kitchen countertops, and of course the sophisticated essence of granite is incomparable, but how do you chose? Now a days it is so difficult for countertop buyers to make a decision on what type of material to put in their kitchen, and this is highly due to the overwhelming amount of options out there; silestone, granite, marble, soapstone, corian, recycled, just to name a few, so I decided to explain my take on countertop trends.
First of all, granite has been around for hundreds of years… no, wait… thousands of years… actually millions of years. Granite has been the number one choice for decorating, sculpturing, buildings and monuments for centuries, and it has been put to the test of beauty and durability over and over again by nature, lasting a lifetime. I wasn’t around during the egyptian times, but I hear they were one of the first civilizations to quarry granite and using it for their ever lasting monuments and buildings. Fortunately for you, this is not a history lesson on granite, but this is certainly something to keep in mind when trying to decide which product to use in your kitchen.
If you were to ask me what type of cell phone I like, I would probably answer with something like iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or any other type of recently released smart phone, and that’s because I want to be holding the latest and greatest technology in my hands. Technology has become much more affordable these days, and anyone would tell you that swapping phones is not the most expensive thing in the world. In contrast, remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is not something you want to deal with or go through every year or every two years; you want to get this done once, and done right the first time, and make it as memorable and lasting as possible!
Engineered stone, to me, is just another countertop trend that will come and go as often as the market allows it to. Do you remember Corian? it was really popular back in the days, like 25 years ago to be exact… or maybe not that long… but still, you get the point. Let me ask you something, have you ever gone to someones house and saw that their kitchen countertop was corian? what was the first thing that came to your mind? I know what mine was, “this is so 80′s”. Corian in my opinion was greatly challenged and taken down by engineered stone about a decade ago or so, and now man made stone is starting to dim down a bit and is becoming more… say ‘standard’… but granite remains a elegant but yet affordable selection.
Granite was always there, and will always be here.