Quartz/en­gi­neered stone

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

When you walk into Ottawa’s Des­lau­rier Custom Cab­i­nets, you get an edgy sense of de­sign when feast­ing your eyes on a spec­tac­u­lar Euro­peanin­spired kitchen of cus­tom­ized bam­boo cab­i­netry and a slick win­ter-white quartz counter.

En­gi­neered stone is com­posed of crushed quartz par­ti­cles that have been com­bined with poly­mer resins and pig­ment. It’s uni­form in colour and pat­tern, which is great for those looking for a clean fin­ish. It’s also avail­able in a wide range of colours.

The look is dif­fer­ent. It’s more of a solid, speck­led fin­ish, ver­sus some of the stones that have a grain, says coowner Jim Des­lau­rier, adding it’s easy to main­tain, without the an­nual seal­ing re­quired by nat­u­ral stone. Some brands on the mar­ket in­clude Cam­bria, Sile­stone and Cae­sars­tone.

It is stain-and scratch-re­sis­tant, easy to care for, and man­u­fac­tur­ers usu­ally in­clude a war­ranty.

Ex­pen­sive to fix if chipped or cracked.

$50 to $100 per square foot, in­stalled.

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