What is Silestone?
Silestone is a man-made material which consists of up to 94% natural quartz as well as binding resins and other raw materials. It has become more popular in the last few years due to its durability, and it requires less maintenance than natural stone. C & G Granite supply a wide variety of Silestone Kitchen Countertops.
Advantages of Silestone Kitchen Countertops
- Silestone is not a naturally porous surface which means it is highly stain resistant. It doesn’t absorb dark liquids like red wine.
- Silestone being a man-made product, it is highly tough and durable. Its virtually impossible to break or crack, whereas natural un-maintained stone may weaken or crack with pressure over time.
- Due this durability, it is much more resistant to acidic liquids like vinegar and citrus juices.
- There are no colour variations or flaws in the stone as may occur with natural stone
- Silestone is extremely low maintenance and won’t need to be re-sealed regularly. We recommend sealing your granite countertops every 10 years.
- Unsealed or badly maintained natural stone surfaces have a chance of bacteria building up in porous areas invisible to naked eye like granite.
- C & G Granite’s Silestone products are available in 39 colours, which means it can be nicely blended with your existing or combined with your new kitchen décor
Are there any Disadvantages to Silestone?
- Silestone is man-made so it doesn’t contain the irregular patterns and whorls which make granite unique. Some buyers wont settle for anything less than the “Natural Look”.
- Even though its tougher and more durable, its not fool-proof. You should still take care to not put hot pots and pans on the surface, and don’t clean your surfaces regularly with certain products.
- Silestone is extremely tough so correspondingly its not easily repaired like granite. However its so tough that it should survive most natural disasters!