Engineered stone will soon be banned in Australia. Here are 5 TileCloud-approved alternative options.

Australia became the first country in the world to announce a ban on engineered stone.

It's an affordable and durable material that many Australians use in their homes whether that be for kitchen bench tops or on bathroom vanities. It's a staple for most renovators. 

In this article, we'll delve into what engineered stone is, and explore alternative options that have the TileCloud check of approval so you don't need to compromise on the style and design of your space.

What is engineered stone?

Engineered stone, also known as quartz or composite stone, is a popular material used for kitchen bench tops. It is a man-made product composed of a blend of natural quartz crystals and resins, resulting in a durable and aesthetically pleasing surface. Homeowners and designers have favoured engineered stone for its durability, versatility, and wide range of design options. 

Why is Australia banning engineered stone?

Despite its popularity, engineered stone has come under scrutiny over the last few years due to health concerns related to the high silica content present in the material. Silica dust, produced during the cutting and fabrication of engineered stone, has been linked to respiratory issues such as silicosis. The ban aims to protect the health of stone workers.

What alternatives are there to engineered stone?

Not to worry, there are alternative options to engineered stone and we're going to share our top 5 TileCloud-approved alternatives that will suit your next project.

  1. Tiles
    At TileCloud, we offer an extensive range of tiles that can be creatively applied to kitchen surfaces such as bench tops. From porcelain to ceramic tiles, there's a diverse selection to suit every taste and style preference.

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  2. Natural Stone
    Natural stone such as marble or granite can be a great alternative to engineered stone depending on your budget. However, it's important to note that some natural stone can also contain some silica. 
  3. Concrete
    Concrete has gained popularity for its industrial aesthetic and customisable design. It offers a robust and unique surface that can be tailored to fit various styles.
  4. Laminate
    Laminate bench tops are a cost-effective and affordable option, available in a wide range of colours and even stone-look patterns. They are easy to clean and maintain, making them a practical choice for busy kitchens.
  5. Timber
    Timber bench tops bring warmth and a natural aesthetic to the kitchen. With proper maintenance, they can develop a beautiful patina over time, adding character to the space.


As Australia adapts to the ban on engineered stone, the design and construction industries are witnessing a shift toward safer and equally stylish alternatives. Homeowners, builders, and architects alike are exploring new possibilities, with tiles from TileCloud emerging as a versatile and aesthetically pleasing option for contemporary kitchens. The ban has sparked a positive change, emphasising the importance of both style and safety in our living spaces.

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