Ready to consider new countertops for your home? Or picking countertops for your custom home? Quartz is taking over the Pittsburgh, PA market — and for good reason. As it’s a non-porous surface, it’s highly resistant to staining from everyday liquids, such as red wine, coffee, oils, makeup and lemon juice. It’s also highly impact resistant, exceeding granite and solid surface in performance.
While there are many great companies who manufacture Quartz, such as Zodiaq and Viatera, this blog focuses on Silestone. Silestone is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials. It comes in a wide variety of interesting textures and more than 90 colors.
Read on to learn more about the Silestone benefits and options.
When you’re designing your new kitchen or remodeling your existing space, you want to make sure you pick a surface that works with your lifestyle. With Silestone, you get a suface that is beautiful, unique and durable.
Remember, Silestone is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals found in the earth. It’s non-porous, meaning it does not allow bacteria to grow and is stain-resistant. Quartz countertops never need to be sealed, meaning that they are very low maintenance.
For this reason, Silestone outperforms or matches Granite in almost all categories, including resistance to abrasion, chemical resistance, resistant to impact, low maintenance, pow porosity and workability.
Silestone comes in over 90 colors, divided into nine different tonal families:
- Light Greys and Whites
- Creams and Beiges
- Dark Greys and Blacks
- Yellows and Oranges
- Pinks and Reds
While your color can be flat, Silestone does offer four different styles.
Silestone styles are a major selling point — you can enjoy the durability and low maintenance benefits while having a unique look that you love.
Plain: plain Silestone is a solid flat color, which can be visually striking and bold.
Veined: veined styles have a unique veining pattern that can mimic marble or other natural stones, adding visual interest and depth to the surface.
Fine Grain: fine grain has a very subtle pattern, that in some colors is only detectable up close. This adds subtle character to the overall appearance.
Course Grain: course grain is another great way to mimic other natural stone textures. It can add drama to the surface or allow you to work several tones into your space.
These beautiful styles can be further customized with your selection of texture.
Silestone is offered in three textures, allowing you to further customize the aesthetic of your countertops.
Polished: this is the classic Silestone finish that intensifies the colors and clarity of the finish.
Suede: a unique and intriguing matte texture that has high color consistency and color quality.
Volcano: the most textured option, the Volcano texture offers a rustic look, but a smooth feel.
While some Silestone colors work best with a particular texture, most of the colors look great with any texture, allowing you to customize your look. The final step of selecting and customizing your Silestone countertop is to select an edge.
All six edge styles are available in all colors. Your edge selection can really set off your overall look, helping the surface look modern or more traditional.
Straight Beveled: this edge is similar to the basic eased edge, maintaining the thickness of the surface. It has a square appearance with a slanted top edge.
Basic Eased: the basic eased edge also looks square, with a minimally eased top edge. It maintains the thickness and looks very modern, while eliminating the danger of a sharp edge.
Bullnose: the bullnose is rounded from top to bottom. It maintains the surface’s thickness and is a safe option for familes with active young children.
Ogee: a very traditional style, the ogee edge has a concave arch that flows into a convex arch. It’s a classic edge option that lends well to a more traditional kitchen.
Mitred: the mitred edge joins two angled pieces, giving the visual effect of a thicker surface. It’s a more unique edge option.
Demi-Bullnose: the demi-bullnose is rounded from the top and flattens at the bottom for a straight edge. It’s sometimes called a half-bullnose, maintaining consistent thickness.
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With so many options, it can be difficult to decide. We recommend visiting Preferred Surfaces to look at Silestone samples in person, instead of trying to pick from photos online. Some of the colors look different in person and the best way to decide on a texture is to touch the surface.
Silestone is offered in three slab thicknesses: 1.2 cm, 2 cm and 3cm. While you can choose, it’s best to let a professional help you select the thickness that will work best for your particular application. For example, you’ll want a durable 3 cm slab for your kitchen, but may get away with something thinner for an infrequently used guest bathroom.
If you’re ready to check out Silestone samples and talk to a professional, visit Preferred Surfaces. Our experienced staff will talk you through your options and answer your questions about the surface, installation and cost.
We also offer a free Countertop Shopping Guide, where you can compare surfaces and learn more about the unique properties of each.