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Quartz. The material making a buzz in magazines, blogs, and trade shows. It’s an engineered substance made from one of the hardest minerals found in nature. When mixed with a hard drying epoxy it creates a material resembling stone but wears better than any other countertop you can buy. It’s maintenance free, extremely resistant to scratching, etching, staining, and heat. It comes in hundreds of different colors and now it’s even being offered in different finishes.  

 

So in honor of my boss leaving in two weeks to tour the Silestone headquarters…this blog post is going to be all about Silestone Quartz. Did I mention their headquarters are in Spain? Yes I am jealous and yes I did try to convince her to let me go…to no avail however. Anyways back to the quartz. It just so happens that Silestone by Cosentino is the largest manufacturer of quartz products in the world. These people are really good at what they do. 

                

The company actually has five brands of solid surfacing products. They all have different properties, colors and textures. With multiples uses they can be specified as countertops, flooring, backsplashes, shelves, and tabletops. They also offer a line of sinks called Integrity, a sustainable line of countertops appropriately named Eco, and even a tile line called Muro.

 

Let’s dig into the real benefits of using quartz:

 Stain Resistance. Everyone loves the look of marble, but no one loves how badly it stains. Spilled Kool-Aid, red wine, and coffee can ruin that beautiful white slab of marble. With Silestone you can have the look of marble without the staining properties.

 Acid Resistance. Forget the cutting board, you can cut that lemon right on the counter top without worrying about ruining the finish.

 Scratch Resistance. Since quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world, there’s no need to fret over scratching your beautiful new counter top.

 Impact Resistance. Everyone has done it. Dropped the toaster on the counter, had a giant bowl fall out of the cabinet, tossed a frying pan across the room. (Ok, well maybe not the last one) But we’ve all dropped heavy items on our counter and we all cringe in fear that we’ve cracked it. No more cringing people, Silestone isn’t going to crack that easily.

 Bacteriostatic Protection.  Silestone is the only brand that contains its very own bacteriostatic formula created by Cosentino themselves. It adds an extra layer of protection against the formation of bacteria on the countertop.

Let’s talk colors. From the whitest of white to the boldest of lime green there’s really a color for everyone. With new colors debuting all the time, you’re sure to find the right fit for you. The Silestone line currently offers 92 colors to choose from and the Eco line currently offers 14 colors. There are colors to emulate marble, granite, and even concrete. I promise you won’t be disappointed in their color choices.

                                                                  

There really aren’t any drawbacks to quartz. And don’t worry about “trends” either…quartz is here to stay! So the next time you’re in Spain take a trip over to their manufacturing plant, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. If you’re like most of us and don’t have easy access to Spain, you could always head over to Kitchen Expressions showroom…we’d be happy to show you what we can do with Silestone!

 

                                                Here are some projects we've done using Silestone!

                       

 

*Silestone pictures from Silestone by Cosentino  Website

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