The Advantages of Silestone Kitchen Countertops

Jun 17th, 2016No Comments

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No one can argue that the kitchen is the heart of most American homes. An attractive, newly remodeled kitchen can transform a home, giving it a warmer and more inviting feel. It’s also an excellent investment to increase the resale value of a home. Families are far more willing to cook healthy family meals or entertain friends if they enjoy spending time and gathering in the kitchen.

For more than a decade, granite and marble have been the two trendiest materials that property owners want for the countertops in their kitchens and bathrooms. Despite their popularity and aesthetic appeal, these natural stone products have many disadvantages.

Silestone is becoming a popular and more practical alternative to granite, marble and other natural surfaces. It offers homeowners a range of color, texture and edging choices, and it’s every bit as beautiful as its porous competitors.

 

What is Silestone?

Silestone if a type of natural quartz that is as beautiful as granite, marble, or other natural stone surfaces that are used for different purposes in residential and commercial construction and remodeling projects. During the manufacturing process, a polyresin material is added to the quartz. The mixture of those substances goes through a unique vibro-compression system during the protection process. The result is the Silestone product that has the classic look of quartz, and a host of benefits that you won’t find in another comparable natural stone countertop product.

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Silestone is Acid and Stain Resistant

Silestone is non-porous. It also contains a significant amount of quartz, which is one of the world’s hardest minerals. Its strength and the fact that it isn’t porous, which would allow stain-causing liquids to soak into the material, give it the stain resistance that is lacking in minimally-processed natural stone products. It also resists stains from acidic liquids such as wine, coffee, vinegar, and citrus-containing products or citrus fruits.

Silestone is Resistant to Potential Impact-Related Damage

During the early phase of the manufacturing process, the quartz is combined with a polyresin substance to give it an elastic quality that strengthens the quartz as it goes into the vibro-compression system towards the end of the manufacturing process. That reinforces the Silestone so effectively that it won’t crack or break if someone accidentally drops something on it, or a hot pot or pan is placed on the surface without a trivet.

 

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Silestone is Scratch Resistant

To illustrate the extent to which Silestone resists scratches, the company compares the Mohs hardness rating of a diamond against the hardness rating of Silestone. A diamond receives a score of 10 while Silestone earns a score of 7. According to that rating system, Silestone quartz is less prone to scratching than other kitchen countertop surface materials.

Silestone doesn’t need to be coated with a sealer – or to have periodic reapplications of the sealer. Since the non-porous surface won’t absorb liquids or food contaminants, you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination between foods. It doesn’t require any special treatment, either for maintenance or general cleaning.

Read about our Amazing Silestone Quartz Countertops for Your Kitchen! To learn more about how you can transform your kitchen into a chef’s paradise or a warm and inviting family gathering place, contact Outer Banks Custom Kitchens.

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