Are granite counter tops a fad? Synthetic solid surface materials seem to have a
lot more appeal to me, but I don't know much about them.
My wife has indicated that she might want some sort of butcher block counter
tops. Are those in vogue any more?
After more than 10 years we still love the Silestone countertop we have.
No maintenance other than a little detergent and water. No sealing as with
granite. No problem putting hot pans from the gas stove on the counter.
No scratches from cutting veggies directly on the surface.
I like the look of butcherblock, but our kitchen is too small. If you
really like wood cutting surfaces (and I do, but don't have them), I'd
suggest small or big cutting boards.
My Silestone isn't soft, and it is quartz
1. What is Silestone?
Silestoneฎ is naturally beautiful, durable quartz. Silestone is the
world's leading natural quartz surface - a superior stone for myriad
interior surfacing applications because of its ideal combination of
beauty and practicality.
Silestone features a range of more than 65 unique colors, so no matter
what your taste or style, we've got the perfect fit.
Yes, that would be fine too, but my kitchen is only 8x14 ft, with an
outside door, a basement door, and a dining room door.
I would just like to say that I too have Silestone and have had it for
a few years now. I spent more time than I probably should have trying
to decide if Granite or a Quartz top was the best choice. I chose
Silestone even though it costs more than Granite after that research. I
am glad I decided as I did. Highly recommended.
The thing that confuses me is that quartz is a mineral, not a stone; and
yet, the manufacturer seems to imply that it is a naturally occuring stone.
Confusing too, is the range of colors offered; quartz does come in some
different colors - purple (amethyst) for one - but it is normally colorless;
en masse, whitish.
Is silestone made by embedding quartz in a matrix (probably acrylic)?
Oops, I lost my cheatsheet with your real name, sorry.
No I don't know the %. Even the little quartz-less patch in the counter is
plenty hard. And the stuff IS heavy. If you want to come by to take a
look, just ask. I'm in 07410.
When we bought the Silestone, it was much cheaper than granite, now it is
reversed. The drop-in idea is good, but for us it wouldn't work
esthetically and practically. As I said, my wife cuts veggies straight
on the counter, with no discernible bad effects on knives or counter.
The counter cleans really easily after that. Nevertheless, I would like
her to use a cutting board.
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