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When choosing a surfacing material for your residential or commercial need, it can often feel overwhelming due to the many options available to you in the marketplace. In an effort to help alleviate some of this stress, we thought we’d take on some of that burden by doing the research for you. We’ve been carrying out this task by choosing a different surfacing material each week and explaining in depth what the specific material is, how it’s made, its associated benefits, where it’s best used, and overall why we think it’d be a good option for you. This week our material of choice is Silestone - a surfacing material that is made by combining some of the hardest and more resilient materials in the world. Much like the previous weeks, we’ll again explain more clearly exactly what Silestone is, how it’s made, the advantages that come along with using it, where we see it to be best used, and overall why we think it’d be smart for you to utilize Silestone for whatever your surfacing need. Read below to find out more about Silestone!
Much like Dekton and Radianz, Silestone is a surfacing material that is comprised of a combination of quartz, one of the toughest and most durable minerals in the world, and other raw materials. The blending of multiple heavy-duty materials to produce another results in an end product that is more resilient and tough than any of the materials would be when standing alone.
As stated above, silestone is made by combining quartz and other raw materials to produce a product with resilience like no other!
When you combine some of the toughest minerals found on Earth to make another, that final product will inevitably be of a high quality. With this high quality, comes a plethora of advantages including stain resistance, acid resistance, impact resistance, scratch resistance, and because Cosentino is so confident in its product an added warranty to ensure lasting happiness with the product! Below we’ll go more indepth with these advantages and explain why the help in making silestone an excellent choice for your surfacing needs!
Because silestone is considered to be an extremely non-porous material, it does not stain as easily as some of its counterparts, so when liquids like coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, or vinegar spill onto its surface, they sit on top of it rather than seep inside. The same holds true for any makeup and many other everyday products. Its resistance to stains helps to make silestone a great choice for home surfacing needs.
Silestone is comprised of some of the most durable materials in the world, so when “external aggressors” such as acids are introduced to its surface, they do not phase it. Acid resistance along with stain resistance alone make silestone an exceptional surfacing material, but because it is such a quality product, there are still a number of benefits to be explored that help to explain what makes silestone a superior choice.
The resistance to impact demonstrated by silestone exceeds that of other similar products such as granite and other solid surfaces. This resistance is attributed to the hardness of quartz, the polyester resin elasticity and the vibro-compression system used during silestone's production. This helps in ensuring safety when handling hard objects around its surface.
On the Mohs hardness scale, Quartz rates a 7. To put that in some perspective, a diamond is a 10 on the same scale. Because of this hardness attributed with the product, it is extremely resistant to scratches on its surface and yet another reason why its quality cannot be matched.
Because the manufacturers of silestone are so confident in its abilities, they offer a 25 year limited transferable warranty on it, so that if anything goes wrong, it isn’t on you to take on the burden of replacing. The fact that a warranty is offered goes to even further prove the lasting quality of silestone.
Because of its durability and its resistance to stains, acid, impact, and scratches, silestone is often used for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring and wall siding as it creates the ideal surface in these circumstances.
If the above details about the product didn’t sway you, there’s a good chance the number of color options available to you will. Silestone is produced in over 90 colors and three textures including polished, suede, and volcano, so if you’re looking for another reason why silestone is a great choice for your surfacing needs!
Didn’t get all your questions answered? No worries! Here are some frequently asked questions associated with Silestone including how much it costs and where to buy, the difference between granite and silestone, the difference between marble and silestone, how to clean silestone, what to do if there’s ever a problem with your silestone surface, and what daily upkeep is required to ensure long-lasting quality.
G.M.S. Werks has talented consultants on staff to help you bring about real-life transformations in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living areas, or anywhere else you’d like to have natural stone featured. For more information, contact us today.