Top 10 Reasons to Use Silestone ®
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Through superior strength, incredible beauty and an unparalleled distribution network, Silestone is rapidly becoming the surfacing choice for discerning consumers. Here are the top 10 reasons why …
1. Natural Beauty and Versatility: Silestone delivers sophisticated elegance and timeless beauty unique to stone. The natural quartz in Silestone delivers a distinctive depth, brilliant clarity, glimmering radiance and cool, solid feel unique to natural stones. Silestone can be used in virtually any indoor surfacing application, including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tub and shower surrounds, backsplashes, floors, walls, wet bars, tabletops, desktops, fireplace surrounds, and more.
2. Available with Microban antimicrobial product protection: Silestone is the only countertop with built-in Microban antimicrobial product protection. Microban safely fights the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on the product surface 24/7 for the life of the product. The result is Silestone surfaces are easier to clean and stay cleaner between cleanings.
3. Widespread Availability: Cosentino has built a reliable network of dedicated distributors who deliver Silestone and service customers throughout North America, including all metropolitan areas in the United States, several regions in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
In North America, Silestone is available through approximately 3,500 retailers including all EXPO Design Center® stores, Home Depot® locations, online at e-counters.com as well as a variety of kitchen and bath retailers, cabinet shops, tile/flooring outlets, designers’ showrooms, architectural firms, builders, and more.
4. Scratch-Resistance: Only three other natural minerals — diamond, sapphire and topaz – are harder than quartz, making Silestone naturally scratch-resistant. Quartz is a seven in strength on Mohs Hardness Scale (diamond is a 10). So, while a careless slip of the knife will scratch most other countertops such as laminates and some granites, it won’t leave a mark on Silestone. Silestone is not scratch-proof, however, and can therefore be damaged with excessive force or pressure. The use of cutting boards is recommended to protect the sharpness of knives.
5. Stain-Resistance: Silestone’s polished surface is non-porous and thus highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup, and many other common household products. Unlike granite, Silestone does not need to be sealed to keep its lustrous shine.
6. Heat- And Scorch-Resistance: Unlike solid surfaces, Silestone® is heat- and scorch-resistant. It 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 crockpot and electric skillet manufacturers, do not place these items directly on any countertop. Always use trivets when placing hot items on a Silestone surface to avoid thermal shock.
7. Strength: Silestone has four times the flexural strength of granite, making it less susceptible to chipping and cracking than granite during transportation, fabrication and installation.
8. Maintenance-Free: Because it is non-porous, Silestone’s polished surface doesn’t need to be sealed. Granite, marble and limestone, on the other hand, must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly to prevent staining.
Cleaning Silestone is easy with soapy water or a mild household cleaner such as Formula 409®, Fantastik® or Windex®.
No surface is indestructible, though. As with any other stone or surface, strong chemicals and solvents such as Drano®, Liquid Plummer®, oven cleaners and floor strippers will damage the surface and must not be used on Silestone.
9. Color: Silestone is available in the widest array of quartz colors from conservative to daring. Cosentino continues to grow its Silestone color palette every year. Because Silestone natural quartz delivers more color consistency than any other natural stone, homeowners may be more confident when using samples to choose their Silestone countertop color.
10. Experience: Silestone has a mature network of dedicated distributors and fabricators backed up by Cosentino and its more than 70 years in the natural stone industry. Furthermore, Silestone is fabricated and installed by certified craftsmen who are trained by Cosentino through a unique curriculum that includes expert hands-on training.
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