Granite V Silestone the worktop material decision

For a long time now there has been a long debate for granite V Silestone worktops. Trying to create a new look for your kitchen, selecting between a perfect granite worktop or a Silestone quartz countertop can be difficult and time-consuming. When you have such a large selection of worktop materials to choose from it can make it challenging to pick the right one for your lifestyle and space. Your ideal kitchen worktop should have a unique style, durability and require low maintenance. Considering these key elements, let’s narrow your search down to two of the main worktop materials, quartz and granite, both of which provide a wonderful solution that meets these two surfaces.

Above all when deciding on what material to use for your kitchen worktop, you cannot go wrong with picking Silestone quartz or granite. Both materials bring liveliness to your home but each provide their own benefits. Quartz worktops will provide you with maintenance advantages that nature itself is not able to. Granite requires higher maintenance, but with this in mind quartz nor granite will disappoint in terms of overall look and style.

Silestone Quartz Worktops

Silestone Quartz worktops are fabricated from 93% natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in the Earth, and small amounts of glass or metallic flecks are added together with colour pigments to create variety, resulting in beautiful worktops. After many years of development and the quartz being bonded with polyester resins, this gives the surface a very low porosity which means it does not need to be sealed with any additional sealants.

Of course, as well as the durability that quartz provides, this material is beautiful and its wide variety of colour options are sure to catch your eye. Certainly your options are nearly endless as quartz ranges from natural colours such as whites, blacks and browns to other colours such as golds or blues. In addition the design of a quartz worktop truly not only brings character to your kitchen but offers performance advantages that exceed other traditional materials.

Granite Worktops

Granite is one of the oldest and still commonly used materials for worktops and there are numerous key points to take into consideration when thinking of purchasing, firstly like quartz, this material is also very resilient, secondly granite is a natural rock that is cut in its natural state and is then polished for use in homes. Maintenance after each use is suggested to prevent staining with granite. In order to keep granite looking new we recommend to clean it with warm water and soap to help keep its shine together with a microfibre cloth.  Every twelve months it is recommended to re-seal the stone with a granite sealer.

In Contrast, granite is a strong material and is difficult to scratch and is able to resist temperature changes, even though in spite of its natural beauty, granite doesn’t provide as wide of a range of colour options and each piece is different, therefore, sometimes kitchens need to be planned around the slab that is chosen.

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