A Silica-Free Solution

As of 1 July 2024, all Australian states and territories are banning the use, supply and manufacture of engineered stone under work health and safety laws. The ban will apply to engineered stone benchtops, slabs and panels.

With the ban on engineered stone benchtops imminent, many homeowners are turning to silica-free alternatives, but they aren’t always aware of their options.


In today’s market, many companies are releasing new porcelain offerings. Laminate has undergone a renaissance with improved looks and features. Natural stone never goes out of style, and solid surface solutions abound. If you want to stay away from engineered stone products tied to silicosis concerns, try these options.

Porcelain has really come into its own in the last couple of years. A popular choice for those seeking a silica-free alternative, porcelain is made from natural clay and minerals. A non-porous surface, porcelain is durable and resistant to scratching and staining, offering longevity to interior builds. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, porcelain slabs are a versatile and stylish solution for kitchens and bathrooms.

A Silica-Free Solution

Looking for something a little more technical? Composed of synthetic materials, solid surface products offer seamless bespoke design options and easy maintenance. Solid surface materials are non-porous and durable, as well as repairable, sustainable and antibacterial, making them a sturdy addition to any busy kitchen or bathroom.

A Silica-Free Solution

A staple in the construction industry for cabinetry and benchtops, laminate has been covering our kitchens, laundries and bathrooms for decades. Renowned for its affordability, laminate is also easy to install and easy to clean. It is moisture and scratch resistant, versatile and affords a range of design options. Available in a rainbow-spectrum of colours and wood grains, laminate makes for a resilient option for counters and joinery.

A Silica-Free Solution

A combination of minerals, clays and feldspar, or quartz, porcelain and glass, products such as Neolith and Dekton are a class of materials most commonly referred to as sintered stone. Food safe and hygienic, these stone panels are durable, unaffected by heat and cold, waterproof, stainproof and easy to clean. Offered in a range of patterns and colours, sintered stone is a solid choice for everything from wall panels to countertops, and is even suitable for outdoor use.


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