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SILESTONE COUNTERTOPS

Silestone®is a brand of engineered countertops containing 94% quartz, with a combination of resin and pigments making up the remaining 6%. Silestone® claims to be the “original quartz surface for kitchens and bathrooms countertops and sinks.” Whether this is true or not doesn’t really matter, as Silestone® countertops are definitely one of the best in engineered quartz surfaces.

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MANY CHOICES AND COLORS

One of the biggest problem with natural stone is that you have to work with what is available. You cannot get grante or marble made-to-order. Silestone® is available in a wider variety of designs and colors than you will ever see from the available stock of natural stones. You are certain to find the perfect match for your remodel from our catalogue of Silestone® slabs, including Absolute Green, African Red, and Ebony Pearl. These are all distinctive, beautiful slabs that are sure to catch the eye and draw the center of attention.

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Usage of Silestone

Silestone®is particularly suited for use with bathroom vanities and kitchen countertops. Because it is durable, non-porous, and non-toxic, it is safe for use in food preparation. These features also make it a recommended material for an environment that is always in the presence of moisture and humidity. Its heat resistance also makes it the ideal stone for fireplace surrounds. Silestone® is hardy enough for both interior and exterior conditions. However, there is a tendency for the color of dark Silestone®to fade under direct sunlight, so if you use it for an outdoor kitchen, you should choose light colored stones.

Benefits of Silestone Countertops

One of the best things with Silestone® countertops is they are easily customizable and available, given that it is manufactured stone. You can give it all the features necessary to make it the ideal material for these functions, and the makers of Silestone®countertops have done just that.
Additionally, Silestone® is non-porous, so there is no need to seal it to prevent staining or growth of bacteria, mold, or mildew on its surface. It is non-reactive, meaning it is not affected by contact with acid or other common stain-causing liquids such as coffee, vinegar, oil, makeup, lemon juice, or toothpaste.
Silestone® countertops and other products are given a manufacturer’s certified warranty of 25 years. What’s more, the warranty is transferable, always a good thing when selling a home.

Affordable Silestone Counter Tops

Silestone® countertops are not the most affordable of the lot. The typical cost for a slab 2 cm thick is $75 per square foot, but including the cost of installation and other materials, the cost can go up to $350. This does not include the costs of additional seams or backsplashes.. However, because it is durable and virtually maintenance free, it can last for a very long time. There will be no need to replace it, which offsets the initial costs. You can mitigate this by choosing when to install Silestone® countertops. The winter and fall os off-peak season, which is when you can probably get better deals and packages.

How durable

Silestone® is harder than any other stone surface, even granite. The hardness is because of the quartz in its make up, and yet it retains some elasticity with the polyester resin. Its manufacture using the vibrocompression system helps in making it even more durable, enabling a rating of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.
The main benefit of this toughness/resilience is that you can safely install larger slabs of stone without risk of breaking, which means fewer seams, or even no seams. This means a continuous working space with lower risks of weakness and seepage in the joints. Its durability also means it is less likely to scratch, chip or break with heavy use. As such, it makes it the ideal choice for workspaces in the home.

How healthy Marble

Silestone® is the only engineered stone with patented Bacteriostatic Protection. This is the latest generation silver ion technology designed as an antibacterial agent formulated by Cosentino. It inhibits bacteria; growth as a result of food preparation on kitchen and other work surfaces. This feature is not found on any other similar product in the market. This makes Silestone® a healthy option for your new kitchen or bathroom counters.

Some people think natural stone is better for their home simply because they believe natural is always better. While natural stones such as granite and marble are is certainly excellent ways to make a home unique and beautiful, engineered stone also has a place in the scheme of things. Just because it is not formed naturally does not mean it is not a good product. It has a lot to offer in terms of function and versatility, which is why we offer a wide range of engineered quartz surfaces for our clients. One of the most popular brand of this is Silestone®.

HOW TO CLEAN SILESTONE

You don’t have to do a lot to keep Silestone® clean. In fact, it is mostly maintenance free. The fact it has Bacteriostatic Protection and is non-porous, you don’t need to give it any special attention or buy special cleaning products for it.
Silestone® doesn’t need sealing, either. You only need to wipe it down with a clean cloth, or if you have a polished finish, you can use a glass cleaner or mild detergent and warm water to clean up any spills and food matter. While it does not stain easily, it is still good policy to wipe up any liquid spills and food remnants from the surface as soon as it happens.
Silestone® is resistant to heat, but you should still protect it from thermal shock by using heat pads or trivets for hot pans and pots.

VALUE ADDED TO YOUR HOME

Stone countertops in general adds value to any home because it is very popular. It is no wonder really, as it is a great combination of beauty and function. With Silestone®, the functionality is brought to the fore. The added value of putting in Silestone® kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity countertops and fireplace surrounds in the home is variable, although some studies place it at a minimum of the cost of purchase and installation.  With the Silestone® transferable warranty, it is an additional selling point.

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