So what is the difference between solid surfaces and engineered stone?
None, in truth these products have appeared in the market about 30/40years ago, and basically they're are called by many names, here goes a list:
- Solid surfaces
- Engineered stone
- Man made stone
- Agglomerate Stone - used as the official definition in CE Markings
- Conglomerate Stone
- Cultured Stone
- Compact Stone
- Silestone - it's a brand but due to the strong marketing many people actually call the product silestone
- Fake stone
These products are normally constituted by 3 relevant parts: the natural or un-natural grain, the binding agent and artificial colouring pigments. Most common products in this category are quartz based agglomerates, which are composed of quartz grain, bonded together with polyester resin.