Silestone is a stain and scratch resistant material that is manufactured from natural quartz crystals. It is used in making countertops, floors, sinks, shower trays, and wall cladding. It comes in various colors, styles, and finishes. Silestone worktops work well on open floor plan homes or contemporary kitchens. Silestone is durable and non-porous material. It not only resists scratches and stains but also resists bacteria and viruses. It is also easy to customize and maintain them. Below are facts about Silestone worktops:
Components of Silestone
Silestone contains natural quartz crystals and other raw ingredients including polyester resin, antimicrobial protection, and color agents, among others. A Silestone surface is formed when polyester resin binds quartz crystals together. Silestone resembles marble and granite, but it's brighter because of the quartz crystals.
Using Silestone on your kitchen worktops
A functional kitchen will accommodate the unique requirements of its owner. It requires to have preferences such as size, style, and color when being remodeled. Silestone is ideal for small and large kitchens alike. Silestone can be used in contemporary, modern and new kitchens, as well as vintage, Scandinavian, rustic and American kitchens.
Available color, style and finishing options of Silestone in the market
Silestone London manufactures worktops in various color options including pastel tones, dark tones, greys, and whites, among many others. Countertop colors can be customized to desired tones, styles, and finishes. The styles available include fine grain, veined, plain or coarse grain. The Silestone finishes that complement the countertop colors include polished texture, volcano texture, and suede texture. The polished texture is a classic finish with a lot of clarity, shine, and intense color. The suede texture has a matte finish that has a soft touch while retaining the color consistency on the surface. The volcano texture is rustic but smooth to the appearance and feel.
Silestone edge surfaces
Silestone worktops London can customize the surface edges of countertops in all colors and makes including:
- Straight beveled edges which are square with slanted top edges.
- Basic edges which are square with slightly eased top edges.
- Bullnose edges which are finished round.
- Ogee edges are conclave arches that transition into cortex arches.
- Mitered edges join two edges to create the visual effect of thick surfaces.
- Demi bullnose edges are rounded oblong at the top and come flat at the bottom for straight edges.
Below are the benefits of Silestone worktops for your kitchens:
They are scratch resistant
Silestone is scorch and scratch resistant. Silestone is a durable material which difficult to chip or scratch. It is not a very hard material compared to granite or marble, that’s why it gives your kitchen countertop a softening feel.
Silestone worktop surfaces are non-porous. They are resistant to viruses, bacteria, and stains. Antimicrobial protection is added to the crystals when manufacturing Silestone to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Silestone is easy to clean
The maintenance of Silestone countertops is easy. It does not need sealing or any other special maintenance. To protect its shiny surface, you can use a non-abrasive cleaning agent. Avoid dropping heavy objects on the Silestone to prevent cracks and scratches.
Stain and impact resistant
Silestone worktops are resistant to coffee, juice, lemon, vinegar, beverage and food stains, among others. It can handle any objects in the kitchen without causing damage to the surface.
Disadvantages of Silestone countertops
Some surfaces encounter cloudy botches because of chemical changes in the countertops which were caused by abrasive cleaning agents and heat. Content with high acidity damages the countertop surface.
Not resistant to heat
You cannot place hot pans or pots on the Silestone worktop directly because it will damage it. Pot-holders, trivets or coasters should be used in this case.
The cost of Silestone is high, both when remodeling or replacing damaged material. If Silestone cost is compared to the other high-quality worktops, the ease of maintenance durability and customization seems to be quite high.
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