by Shari Held

Stain- and scratch-resistant quartz and porcelain, long valued for their low maintenance properties, are two of the most popular engineered materials. Today, their extensive designs and color palettes rival those of stone created by Mother Nature herself.

If you haven’t considered an engineered material for your latest project, now is a great time to learn more about these top materials.


“The quartz market is continuing to grow year after year,” says Kaelyn Van Camp, Marketing Manager for Stone Mart. “Quartz is known for being low maintenance, but that, combined with the ability to create depth that mimics natural stone, is definitely a game changer.”

Stone Mart carries a variety of quartz brands. Delivering a consistently high-quality product is at the core of Optra Quartz. Quantra Quartz is noted for a beautiful array of muted off-whites, grays, and browns found in the environment. International artist and industrial designer, Arik Levi, used nature for the inspiration of Compac’s Genesis Collection, while Compac’s Unique Collection is known for its depth of color and realistic veining.


Porcelain is a durable, yet lightweight material that’s perfect for many applications. Stone Mart offers a wide variety of colors with different textures to choose from, ranging from subtle to dramatic.

Have your heart set on marble but want something with less maintenance? Images are printed directly on a porcelain slab, producing a similar look while maintaining its durability.

“Printing gives the porcelain exceptional depth of color, one of the more difficult things to reproduce in manufactured materials,” Van Camp says.

Learn more about both quartz and porcelain at or visit the experts at Stone Mart to see these stunning options in person!