A kitchen worktop serves a multitude of functions and therefore needs to be durable and long-lasting. An array of materials, such as wood, stainless steel, granite, quartz, marble etc. can be used for the construction of the kitchen worktop but you have to choose a material that best suits your requirement. Silestone is an engineered stone that is made from 94% quartz and about 6% polyester resin to impart greater strength, durability, and resilience to natural quartz. This material for its improved aesthetics and hardiness is preferred over many materials including granite.
Reasons for Preferring Silestone over Granite for Your Kitchen Worktop
o Low Upkeep: When you are deciding on the choice of the material for constructing your kitchen worktop, one of the biggest factors is the maintenance. Silestone worktops emerge as a winner when it comes to maintenance. Being highly non-porous it can resist stains and spills easily. One the other hand, granite is highly porous and requires sealing once annually, for keeping it well-protected. Without the sealing protection, bacteria grow in the small crevices.
o Hardiness: Compared to granite again, Silestone is stronger and longer-lasting. Granite comprises a crystalline material that permits the development of the fissures and the small spaces. Though it is resilient but is not as strong as Silestone.
o Customization: Silestone being a man-made stone offers more opportunity for customization compared to granite which is a natural stone.
o Aesthetics: Granite is a natural stone whereas Silestone is an engineered one. Those who like a traditional, rustic look would perhaps opt for granite. Silestone imparts a more modern, chic look and is available in a wide array of pattern, designs, and colours.
Apart from these two types of materials, in Essex worktops made from other materials such as marble, wood, stainless steel etc. are also in great demand. Each material offers certain advantages and disadvantages. There is a craze for kitchen countertops made from marble in London. Marble has a universal appeal and no other material can match up to the classy and elegant look imparted by marble.
Choose the material for your kitchen countertop based on aesthetics, upkeep, durability and your budget of course. Call a granite worktop dealer to give your kitchen a brand new look.