Lowe’s Lives By Volume, Not Quality
Lowe’s is not a certified expert on Silestone Countertops. When you buy Silestone countertops at Lowe’s you are simply working with a salesperson. If you ask detailed questions, they know very little. Deal directly with experts and talk to the people who are actually making them and/or installing them.
If you go direct to a fabricator and installer, you can view/pick the exact slab to be used.
Lowe’s Warranty (None)
Since they contract with the cheapest bidder for the material and installation, they don’t provide any warranty like you get from a certified Silestone fabricator and installation pro.
Get Better Quality
Independent fabricators and installers work hard to ensure customer satisfaction to get good reviews. You get full control from start to finish.
Probably More Expensive
If you go direct to a fabricator and installer, you’ll have fewer go-betweens that add their profit and increase your price.
See Your Actual Slab
Though Silestone is know for its consistency, wouldn’t you like to select your material rather than from a small sample. Never buy based on a sample. See the whole slab in real-life to know what your getting!
More Options Than You Get From Lowe’s
More Colors Options Than Lowe’s Stores
Silestone countertop colors options offer an incredible number of combinations and consistency. Find the Silestone colors you need, and then design Silestone countertops online to preview your Silestone colors for your home.
There are so many ways to combine Silestone colors to create a new world of artistic and functional possibilities.
Cost of Silestone Countertops
What makes one color more expensive than another? The production cost and the manufacturer’s ability to obtain the desired color from raw materials.
A good indicator is granulometry. The more discreet the grain (more uniform and smooth), the more resin content it contains and, therefore, the more expensive it is to produce.
Slabs for Silestone Countertops
There are 2 size options for Silestone Countertops:
Standard is 55 inches by 120 inches
Jumbo Slab is 63 inches by 128 inches
There are 3 thickness options for Silestone Quartz Slabs:
1.2 cm | 2.0 cm | 3.0 cm
The thicker the material you select, the more resistant it is to flexion and impacts.
Find Silestone Countertops Locally
Let’s save you some money on your Silestone Countertop. Silestone Central has a portfolio of regional and local distributors of Silestone Quartz countertops.
The Silestone Countertop Warranty
Lowe’s or NoT, Silestone Countertops Perform
Silestone Countertops are highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, olive oil, make-up and many other everyday products when properly maintained. The Silestone coefficient of porosity is practically null and much lower than that of granite or marble. It is also more stain resistant than acrylics and laminates. However, be careful not to leave on liquids, such as, tea, coffee or red wine on the surface for more than 24 hours. Reason being, if liquids like these are exposed to the surface for such a long time this may penetrate the material, and may require a billable service call request. Remember that Silestone is stain resistant, not stain proof.
Silestone is not affected by common kitchen acids like lemon juice, tomato juice or vinegar (food acid). Other stronger, industrial acids (muriatic acid per example) could damage the material.
Silestone does not need any water repellent or gloss enhancer. Avoid these products as they can lead to important care and maintenance problems that void your warranty.
Silestone holds up better than a majority of other countertop or interior surface products, such as, laminate, wood and solid surface. It is recommended that you use a trivet because Silestone Countertops are not warranted against thermal shock.
A Silestone Countertop’s resistance to impact is very high. It far exceeds that of other products with similar applications, such as, natural stone or solid surfaces. That being said, care not to hit the exposed ends, corners, cutouts and edge profile especially in the dishwasher and sink area.
Silestone is highly scratch resistant because quartz is one of the hardest minerals in existence. The Mohs scale classifies it as the hardest 7 earth mineral behind topaz, corundum and diamond. It will not “micro-scratch” like acrylic products and is broadly more resistant than any laminated or stratified product. Even so, you should still use a cutting board and avoiding jagged knives, ceramic knives, choppers, unfinished dishware, and clay pots directly on the worktop. Scouring pads or abrasive sponges should be avoided as they can deteriorate the polished surface.
Microbial / Bacteriostatic Protection
Due to its low porosity, Silestone Countertops are considered an antibacterial surface, which limits the proliferation of bacteria. Please note that Silestone is not an antimicrobial surface. By medical definition, only a substance that kills microorganisms like bacteria or mold, or stops them from growing and causing disease can be labeled as antimicrobial.
Lowe’s: Don’t Play Roulette With Installers
Find a Silestone Countertop Installation Pro
Again, we can save you money on your Silestone Countertop installation! Silestone Central has a portfolio of regional and local installers of Silestone countertops.