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There are beautiful alternatives to engineered stone benchtops

By March 14, 2024No Comments

From July 1, engineered stone benchtops will be banned in Australia. If you are planning a new kitchen and love the look of stone, what do you do now? Read on

Few Aussie kitchens can manage the care and maintenance issues associated with natural stone – even if they do look fabulous. That’s one of the reasons engineered stone benchtops have been so popular. But this has come with significant health dangers for stone workers and from July 1, engineered stone will be banned in Australia.

So, if you are planning a new kitchen and love the look of stone, what do you do now?

We have some gorgeous “stone-look” options for your kitchen benchtop and splashback that are hardwearing, practical and look divine. One of our favourite options is called Neolith.

Neolith is a sintered stone product which means it uses a combination of raw materials and recycled materials like quartz, porcelain and glass. They are ground to a fine powder and fired at extremely high temperatures. As a result, sintered stone doesn’t require binders such as silica which cause significant, long-term health problems for stone workers.

In addition, Neolith is a high quality product, manufactured in Europe with significant environmental credentials.

Why do we like Neolith?

There are 3 reasons we use and recommend Neolith to our clients. They are:

  1. The Neolith range of stone finishes is gorgeous and has an option for everyone such as:
    • Classic stone looks with subtle or bold patterning
    • Industrial stone finishes including a concrete look option
    • Earthy monotones
    • Timber-look stone to give you farm-house style without the maintenance requirements of real wood
  2. Neolith is highly durable. Hot pans can be placed on a Neolith benchtop without scorching or melting the surface. It is scratch resistant and non-porous so it won’t stain when spills occur. However, it can crack or chip if the edges are struck by a hard object but stones like granite can also fail because nothing is invincible.
  3. Neolith is highly versatile and can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, outdoor kitchens and as fireplace surrounds. It can be used for benchtops, splashbacks and wall panelling. In fact, it’s hard to think of an application where Neolith can’t be used. This versatility is fantastic for open plan homes and for people wanting a modern, minimalistic aesthetic.

Danish excellence on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

There are many differences between Collaroy Kitchen Centre and other kitchen companies. One of the main differences is our emphasis on using quality materials, like Neolith. Quality is an investment and in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, investing in your home is wise. It adds additional value to your home as well as increasing your enjoyment when surrounded by beautiful finishes.

We can give you many reasons to choose Collaroy Kitchen Centre but instead, we invite you to come to our showroom to talk to one of our designers. Visit our website for showroom opening times or get in touch here.

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