Silestone countertops as an alternative to granite or laminate
One of the most important decisions for your kitchen design or re-modeling is the selection of your countertop material and style. For kitchen countertops quartz based surfaces are hard to beat. Durability, consistancy, and a selection of colors make these materials worth considering.
Using a quartz based material like Silestone countertops does provides a number of benefits. Silestone countertops are composed of a natural quartz material combined with resins and pigments. Silestone is 93% natural quartz and 7% resins. There are a number of colors to choose from so it is no problem to find one that goes well with your selected cabinets. One added benefit of this is that the color and style are much easier to control. Granite may have a certain charm and it may be fun to select your own piece, but you are still at the whim of nature - if there are inconsistancies you need to either live with them or continue your search for the perfect piece.
Stain-resistance - Since the surface is non-porous it is highly resistant to stains from your daily household products (coffee, wine, cooking oil, make-up...) and unlike granite, no sealing is necessary to preserve the shine on its surface.
Scratch-resistance - Since only three other minerals are harder than quartz (diamone, sapphire, and topaz) the surface is very scratch resistant. Excessive force or pressure could still cause a scratch but the slip of a knife is unlikely to leave a mark as it would on other surfaces.
Strength - Silestone countertops have about 4 times the flexural strength of natural granite. This added strength makes it less likely for damage to occur in transportation, installation, or in everyday use.
As an alternative to a natural granite countertop Silestone is worth considering.