Granite Versus Silestone WorktopsThu, Jun, 2015
The constant changes in kitchen design trends have led to an increasing growth in the market for kitchen worktops. Two of the most popular materials used for kitchen worktops are natural granite stone and engineered quartz stone in its various commercial forms such as Silestone, Compac, Caesarstone, etc. There are significant differences between these materials and the article below tends to highlight those to enable a homeowner to make an informed choice of the material that suits their kitchen best.
One of the most popular classic choices for kitchen worktops is Granite, as it is a 100% natural stone that is quarried and processed to make regular size slabs and then smoothed. Each granite slab has unique patterns and markings, and is a one of a kind masterpiece for your kitchen.
Granite is one of the toughest worktop materials and is incredibly durable and highly resistant to damage. Although it affords a natural protection against moisture absorption, this quality can be further enhanced by sealing.
In terms of price, it does work out to slightly more expensive than other available options, but it offers a long term “look” to the kitchen that needs very little maintenance and cleaning and is highly resistant to bacteria and germs.
Silestone worktops are variants of quartz worktops and are composed of 93% granite with colorants and polymer resins to bind the material together. Due to the addition of colorants, any desired color and texture of the worktop can be achieved.
It is also stronger than granite, and does not require any sealing as it is an engineered, uniform surface that resists moisture and dampness much better than granite. Its slightly higher price is compensated by the extra strength, hygiene and durability that it affords.
Silestone versus Granite- the debate is never ending. What’s important though is that these both are a brilliant choice for kitchen worktops and other surfaces, and here at MKW Surfaces we are one of the leading suppliers of quartz and granite worktops in London. Check out our complete range at www.mkwsurfaces.co.uk and take advantage of our teams experience to aid in choosing the best for your home.