Silestone® offers a sophisticated elegance and timeless beauty. The natural quartz in Silestone® delivers distinctive depth, brilliant clarity, glimmering radiance and a cool, solid feel unique to natural stone.
The quartz in Silestone® makes it naturally scratch-resistant. Only three other natural minerals – diamond, sapphire and topaz – are harder than quartz. Quartz is a seven 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 solid surfaces, it won’t leave a mark on Silestone®. Although Silestone® is durable, it is not scratch-proof; it could be damaged with excessive force or pressure.
Silestone® is non-porous and therefore it is 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.
Unlike solid surfaces and laminates, Silestone® is scorch-resistant. It will withstand limited exposure to heat without burning or scorching.
Silestone® has four times the flexural strength of granite, making it less susceptible to chipping and cracking during transportation and installation.
Because it is non-porous, Silestone® does not need to be sealed. Granite, marble and limestone, on the other hand, must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly to prevent staining. Silestone® is a maintenance-free star compared to solid surfaces that may require rigorous maintenance to clean up tough stains, scratches and scorch marks.
Silestone® natural quartz surfaces result from a tightly controlled process to ensure reliable performance, color consistency and ultimate durability every time. Cosentino backs its Silestone® slabs with a limited 15-year manufacturer’s warranty.