Quartz Countertops As An Alternative To Granite
One of the most important decisions for your
kitchen design or re-modeling is the selection of your
countertop material and style. For kitchen countertops quartz
based surfaces are hard to beat. Durability, consistancy, and a
selection of colors make these materials worth
Using a quartz based material like Silestone
countertops does provides a number of benefits. Silestone
countertops are composed of a natural quartz material combined
with resins and pigments. Silestone is 93% natural quartz and
7% resins. There are a number of colors to choose from so it is
no problem to find one that goes well with your selected
- Since the surface is
non-porous it is highly resistant to stains from your
daily household products (coffee, wine, cooking oil,
make-up...) and unlike granite, no sealing is necessary
to preserve the shine on its surface.
- Since only three other
minerals are harder than quartz (diamone, sapphire, and
topaz) the surface is very scratch resistant. Excessive
force or pressure could still cause a scratch but the
slip of a knife is unlikely to leave a mark as it would
on other surfaces.
Strength - Silestone countertops have about 4 times
the flexural strength of natural granite. This added strength
makes it less likely for damage to occur in transportation,
installation, or in everyday use.
As an alternative to a natural granite
countertop Silestone is worth considering
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