If you were asked to identify which of two substances was a piece of stone, and which was a piece of plastic, you’d put money on guessing correctly, wouldn’t you? What about the new alternative to traditional granite, Stone Effects? We’re willing to bet you can’t tell the difference. (Take the quiz below to find out.)
Stone Effects is a line of vanity tops created made by St. Paul Home Products. It uses a new photo-fusion technology to create stone patterns and textures on the materials that have the classy feel of quartz or granite. But it’s 25 to 45 percent cheaper than granite or quartz.
Stone Effects vanity tops have some other real advantages, too. Traditional granite is porous and absorbs liquids and other materials easily. This means it may need to be sealed every six months to avoid staining. The Stone Effects line includes Diamond Shield, a countertop material that isn’t porous. It stands up to spills, and also resists the mold and mildew that can be a problem in a bathroom. Considering all of the mouthwash, nail polish remover and cleaners that come into the equation in a bathroom, the new approach makes a whole lot of sense.
The porous nature of most granite vanity tops also means that they require a special cleaner. Stone Effects can be used with a regular multi-purpose cleaner and will come out smooth and shiny.
Take the quiz below to see if you can spot the stone versus Stone Effects. Stone Effects tops are available in a variety of colors and textures. Explore the look at home by ordering a 4-inch chip sample of Stone Effects for just $8 on homedepot.com. (These are not available in stores.)