Engineered stone

Engineered stone was first introduced in the late 1980s, and is often referred to as manufactured or man-made stone. It is made from a composite material of crushed stone with an adhesive that binds it together. The adhesive used is typically a polymer resin, although some newer versions are using cement mix. In producing these engineered stone products the stones they usually crush are quartz and marble.

Most engineered stones are made to closely resemble the look of the most popular colours and textures of natural stones, with granite being the most popular look replicated.

The leading brands of engineered stones in Australia are Caesarstone, Essastone, Silestone, Han Stone, Trend Stone and Smartstone.