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Silestone VS Granite Countertops

Silestone Maintenance

Many consumers question the difference between Silestone and granite countertops when they are planning a remodeling project. Silestone is created from quartz, similar to DuPont Zodiaq and LG Viatera, which means the differences in the two types is actually the difference between quartz and granite.

Manufacturing Process

Granite and quartz are both natural stone. Granite is removed from the ground in one solid piece before being cut into blocks before being processed into slabs, tiles or other decorative products. Each product is unique and the countertop contains no other substance but granite. Silestone is 93 percent granite and quartz that is ground and mixed with resin. There is also pigment added for color. Because it is basically crushed stone, these countertops are more uniform and do not provide a unique look between slabs like granite does.

Silestone is 93 percent granite and quartz that is ground and mixed with resin. There is also pigment added for color. Because it is basically crushed stone, these countertops are more uniform and do not provide a unique look between slabs like granite does.

Maintenance and Durability

Silestone does not require sealing while granite requires a sealant application every three to five years. It is an easy process, consisting of a liquid that is wiped on the counter and then wiped off after ten minutes, however. Silestone offers better stain resistance than granite, but it is easier to scratch due to the plastic in the resin. Granite can withstand Silestone offers better stain resistance than granite, but it is easier to scratch due to the plastic in the resin. Granite can withstand heat of up to 450 degrees while quartz is recommended only to 300 degrees. The heat resistance and better scratch protection make granite slightly more durable.

Design and Look

Granite is completely natural, so it contains all the blemishes and color variations as it was found in nature. It is possible to create unique edge designs and add almost any style of sink you prefer. Granite may be antiqued, flamed or honed and there are even brands that simulate leather.

Silestone offers a more uniform pattern and limited color variations. Unique trims are available and sink styles are not limited. There are fewer finishes available in Silestone than in granite however.

Granite and Silestone are very similar in most areas. If you are considering adding granite or Silestone for your home project, contact us today to learn which may best suit your needs.

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