Silestone® is the registered brand name of the highest quality quartz, suitable for kitchen and bathroom worktops, sinks, shower trays, flooring and wall cladding. It is manufactured by the Spanish company Cosentino, with a 10 year warranty and fabricated into worktops with a minimum number of almost imperceptible joints, by worktops.net.
What is a Silestone worktop made from?
Silestone is an engineered stone worktop, manufactured from a compound of 94% top quality natural quartz crystals, silica and other natural stone, blended with resins to produce worktop surfaces that are extraordinarily strong, resilient and stain resistant.
A unique feature of Silestone is its antibacterial quality. It literally has a “bacteria and virus killer” based on silver ions, baked into the resin, making it the most hygienic worktop available.
How does a Silestone worktop differ from a Natural Stone worktop?
Natural stone has microscopic pores and cracks which can absorb liquids and in which stains can settle and bacteria can grow. Silestone worktops are solid, non-porous surfaces resembling marble and granite, that are highly stain resistant and completely antiseptic, without requiring any sealing. Silestone has a brighter shine than natural stone, because the quartz crystals give it more sparkle.
In addition, Silestone worktops are available in a huge variety of colours, tones, styles, finishes and textures, together with other unique properties not found in natural stone. Styles include a plain, grained or veined appearance and the textures include a polished, suede or “volcano” finish.
Silestone can be joined virtually seamlessly, in ways not possible with the natural stone worktops, further adding even further to its hygienic properties.
Because of its uniform internal structure, Silestone worktops are much harder (7 on the Mohs scale, compared to marble’s hardness of 3) yet more resilient and flexible than natural stone, making it more scratch resistant, possible to be fitted in longer lengths and because of the manufacturing process, different slabs can be better colour matched.
The available colour tones range from light grey to white, cream to beige, dark grey and black, yellow and orange, pink and red, green, blue, and brown, which can be plain, grained or veined and are not dependent on what is produced by the earth when granite and marble stone is quarried.
Silestone is generally more expensive than natural stone, but offers greater variety and many other benefits.
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