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Don't think of engineered stone as a rock wannabe. For one thing, it consists mainly of real rock -- particles called stone aggregate, more accurately, which make up more than 90 percent of its mass. And it has some special properties that set it apart from nature's product.
Engineered stone is made by combining the aggregate with resin and pigments, in a vibro-compaction process that binds the medium permanently. Because the mix is uniform, engineered stone has no fissures, veins, or other imperfections that could compromise the strength of natural stone, or make it hard to match seams. It also means that your counter will match the sample exactly -- no need to travel to the stone yard and sort through slabs.
Engineered stone comes in dozens of colors -- some of them mimic the real thing; others are pastel hues straight off a designer's palette.
Know what you're buying: The toughest engineered stones, including Silestone, Cambria, and Dupont's Zodiaq line, are made from quartz. They won't scratch or stain. Others, derived from marble and other stones, are softer, and may need sealing.
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A more resilient version of stone, engineered stone may look less natural, but it is stain, scratch, and heat resistant.