When a person asks, “What is Silestone?” they often receive long, drawn-out sales pitches. Whether or not you want to hear that additional information, the quickest answer is “Silestone is natural stone quartz (4th hardest mineral in nature) that has been ground up, engineered with additional colors and materials, and then pressed back together (tons of pressure) to create a counter or countertop surface that delivers a consistent look, feel, consistency, and quality.”
“Silestone is the hybrid surface of premium minerals, quartz and recycled materials more advanced and sustainable on the market, manufactured with the exclusive and innovative HybriQ technology.”Coentino
Silestone countertops and Silestone countertop surfaces have revolutionized stone surface counters with the highest quality manufacturing process that delivers products with the truest consistency. Silestone countertops adapt to changing needs & lifestyles. With an ever-expanding and constantly evolving color palette, Silestone countertops have been carefully designed and formulated to please the eye while keeping up with the most current trends in fashion and style. Fantastic color options combined with numerous textures & finishes offers an unsurpassed design flexibility that ranges from a single-mixing color process for a consistent look, to a 3-dimensional color process that adds depth, to an innovative 5-dimensional color process that creates high light refraction for an amazing rich color. Let’s go into more detail.
So What is Silestone?
♦ Made of Natural Quartz – 4th Hardest Mineral
♦ Built-in Antimicrobial Protection
♦ Scratch Resistant
♦ Stain Resistant
♦ Scorch Resistant
♦ Low Maintenance
♦ 15-year Manufacturer’s Warranty
♦ Spectrum of Color Options
More on why to chose a Silestone countertop or a Silestone counter…
What is Silestone’s Reliability?
Silestone Quartz has unparalleled durability and strength. It is made of Natural Quartz, which is the 4th hardest mineral found in nature. The only natural minerals harder than quartz are diamond, sapphire and topaz. Silestone countertops are made of a hard, dense and non-porous material that is consistent throughout its composition, making it more reliable than any other natural stone.
What is Silestone’s Antimicrobial Protection?
Silestone is National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved and GREENGUARD-certified to be safe for the kitchen indoor environment, which makes it a cleaner and safer than other surfaces. Silestone countertops are the only surfaces made with built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of microbes such as odor causing bacteria, mold, and mildew for the life of the product. This makes Silestone countertops and surfaces easier to clean, and they stay cleaner between cleanings.
What is Silestone’s Scratch Resistance?
Common household accidents such as a dropped knife, a fallen piece of glass or errant scissors will not scratch Silestone because only materials as hard as, or harder than Silestone will scratch it. Beware: no surface is indestructible.
What is Silestone’s Stain Resistance?
Because Silestone is non-porous, most spills stay on the surface and are easy to clean with soapy water or a mild household cleaners.
What is Silestone’s Heat & Scorch Resistance?
Silestone Countertops and surfaces will withstand limited exposure to heat without burning or scorching. The fire of a lit match will not mar the Silestone countertop. However, as advised by crock-pot and electric skillet manufacturers, do not place these items directly on any countertop. We recommend the use of trivets when placing hot items on a Silestone surface to avoid thermal shock.
What is Silestone’s Maintenance?
A huge advantage with Silestone is that it is easy to keep clean and maintain. It cleans with soap and water and in most cases it just needs to be wiped over with a dry cloth to remove the dirt. It never needs sealers.
What is Silestone’s Warranty?
Silestone offers a 15-Year non-transferable material warranty. You can read more about the Silestone 15-year Residential Warranty here or you can also view more information about the Silestone 10-year Commercial Warranty here.
What are Silestone’s Color and Depth?
Silestone colors vary from subtle neutral shades to brilliant and dynamic tones. A huge selection of colors, numerous textures, and two exceptional finishes provides designers with a near-limitless number of artistic and functional possibilities.