Engineered Silestone is Low-Maintenance, Durable, and Guaranteed for 15 Years
All quartz countertops are in fact an engineered product that contains at least 90% quartz in addition to binders and pigments. Silestone, however, has some unique properties that make it stand out among the competition. Find out why Silestone is special as well as how much it costs in this free countertop buying guide.
Quartz Countertops At a Glance
Quartz countertops are one of the main competitors of granite countertops, which should provide some indication of their build quality. Solid granite slab is, of course, one of the most highly-sought building materials on the market. But granite isn’t perfect: natural striations can lead to cracks and splits over time, and regular sealing is required to combat granite’s porosity.
In Silestone and other quartz countertops, these flaws are “engineered” out through the use of polymer resins. The resins augment the quartz – the fourth hardest mineral on Earth – for a final product that is extremely hard, resilient, and unlike granite slab, nonporous. The addition of pigments, furthermore, allows for a multitude of colors that are perfectly-suited to modern kitchens and bathrooms. Other benefits of quartz countertops include:
- Scratch, stain, heat, and scorch resistance
- Low-maintenance (no sealing is required, and cleanup can be done with soap and water)
- Little to no radon (a radioactive gas that can be found in granite and other quarried materials)
Although they share the same basic blueprint, not all quartz countertops are created equally. Here are some reasons why Silestone should be chosen over other engineered quartz products:
- Built-In Antimicrobial Protection: Part of what’s “engineered” into Silestone is 24/7 protection against bacteria, mold, and mildew. You won’t find that in any other quartz countertop. Silestone is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), a distinction that marks it as a safe material for food preparation.
- 15-Year Warranty: Rest easy knowing that your Silestone countertop is protected against manufacturer defects for 15 years from the time of installation.
- Personalized Color and Finish: Choose from 65 Silestone colors and three textures across 17 distinct product series.
- Versatile: Silestone can be used on a variety of surfaces, including not only counter, island, and vanity tops, but also back-splashes, tub, shower, and fireplace surrounds, walls, and even flooring.
Silestone Countertop Costs
- Expect to pay $55 to $95 per square foot installed for Silestone. For 30 feet of new counter space, that’s an estimated cost of $1,650 to $2,850.
- A number of factors affect the actual cost of new Silestone counters, including the number of square feet, countertop shape (L-shaped and U-shaped counters, for example, will increase installation costs), the product series, the number of sink cutouts, custom edging, and whether you purchase a Silestone backsplash and/or sink.
- Due to the heavy weight of Silestone, DIY installation is not recommended.