Kitchen Benchtop Considerations From July 2024

One of the key considerations when renovating your kitchen is what type of benchtop you will get.  There are a range of materials available and often people will consider the durability, aesthetics and of course price.  However, another thing to be aware of is that from July 1st 2024, Australia will ban the use of engineered stone that contains silica. This is a material commonly used for kitchen benchtops.

The silica has been found to cause Silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust, which occurs when the material is cut to the required shape for each project.

When the product is installed there are no health risks associated with the product.

After July 1st engineered stone will
still be available but it will have 0% silica.

We had a chat with our kitchen designer & cabinetmaker about the alternative products that will be available and Larry has reassured us that engineered stone with 0% silica will deliver the same quality, durability and will maintain its diverse range of colours and styles. However, due to the absence of silica, the stone may exhibit a slightly lighter or brighter shade.

Larry McFarlene is renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and unmatched craftsmanship. Larry’s approach, which involves hand-drawn designs in collaboration with clients, adds a personalised touch to every project.

Central to Larry McFarlene’s process is the use of engineered stone of the highest quality, reflecting ProBuilder’s unwavering commitment to excellence. Each slab is certified by Greenguard, Greenguard Gold, and the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), attesting to its durability and safety in both residential and commercial settings.

As Australia prepares for a future where safety and quality take precedence, ProBuilder is ready to lead the way. Every project undertaken is not only visually stunning but also built on a foundation of integrity and reliability. Together, let us embark on this journey towards a brighter, safer tomorrow.

To chat with our team about your kitchen renovation get in touch with us here.


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