Engineered Stone, such as Quartz or Fritech™ by Lucciare®, has significant advantages compared to directly-mined stones, such as granite and marble, or other manufactured surfaces, such as concrete.
These advantages confer longevity, durability, and sustainability for your surfaces, making engineered surfaces, such as FriTech by Lucciare, the elegant and logical solution for installation.
Engineered Stone vs. Natural Stone: Durability
Marble and Granite are the most popular natural stones for surfaces, but are they the most durable choices for your countertops?
Marble, highly desirable for its beautiful colors and striking veins, has a hardness on the Mohs scale of a 3 out of 10. For comparison, a fingernail is a 2, and iron is a 5.
This means that an errant iron nail could permanently scratch your marble countertop.
Granite, another beautiful natural stone, has a Mohs rating of 6, meaning it will resist much more damage than marble, but could still be scratched by your tempered steel knife, which has a hardness of 7.
Soapstone, another popular natural stone, has a Mohs hardness of 1. A fingernail has a hardness of 2. With a little effort, you can put a dent in a soapstone countertop — no tools required!
Concrete, a classic engineered surface, has a hardness between 6 and 7, conferring a significant ability to resist scratches and damage.
Engineered stones like Quartz or FriTech by Lucciare have a hardness of 7, meaning that they will resist scratching from iron, glass, and tempered steel. Resisting scratches will ensure your countertops remain in pristine condition for years to come.
Engineered Stone vs. Natural Stone: Porosity
Marble and granite are notoriously porous stones, and they need to be sealed to prevent liquids from seeping below the surface and staining. Countertops made from these materials should be sealed every year to ensure that no liquids can invade the stone.
Soapstone, a softer stone, has the benefit of being non-porous, but it’s very scratchable nature means it is likely to be damaged.
Concrete, while durable, also needs to be sealed to prevent liquids from staining the surface.
Quartz and FriTech, on the other hand, are non-porous — meaning they do not require continual sealing to prevent staining. Their non-porosity, combined with their hardness of 7, means they will look installation-new after many years of use.
Engineered Stone vs. Natural Stone: Sustainability
Natural stones need to be quarried, requiring a large amount of digging, as well as leaving a scar on the environment.. Marble, soapstone, and granite must be extracted from the ground using invasive processes that produce great amounts of waste, scarring the landscape dramatically.
Concrete, too, requires quarrying for its raw materials (limestone). Concrete production releases great amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming.
Engineered stone, such as Quartz, is more environmentally friendly, but still requires quarrying large amounts of sand to extract quartz. As fewer high-quality quartz sand reserves remain, the extraction process has become more environmentally damaging.
Fritech, by Lucciare, is an eco-friendly solution to engineered stone. Fritech is comprised of post-industrial recycled materials, resulting in a durable, dramatic stone that does not require quarrying. Instead, the production of Fritech actually removes industrial waste from the environment, providing consumers with quality surfaces in a sustainable manner.
FriTech: Durable and Sustainable
FriTech by Lucciare is a durable engineered stone that can withstand the demands of heavy use — be it cooking, cleaning, or spilling! Environmentally friendly, FriTech doesn’t sacrifice design, durability, or sustainability in pursuit of the ideal engineered surface.
It’s the elegant and logical countertop solution!