Silestone is a compound
Silestone worktops are re-engineered from a compound of 94% natural quartz crystals and silica, in a special process and adding polymer acrylic resins, making up the balance of 6% content, to strengthen and improve the original stone, making it more flexible and resilient. The effect of this process is a radiant 3-dimensional crystal-like appearance of which the colour and pattern consistently follows throughout the entire thickness of the worktop.
Silestone is a solid, incredibly hard, dense, non-porous homogenous slab, suitable for stylish worktops in kitchens or bathrooms, vanity tops, countertops, benches, or shower walls. Through a special process Silestone can be shaped into basins, sinks, shower trays, etc making it a designer’s dream.
Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral found in nature, with a score 7 on the Mohs scale, which is topped by diamonds at a score of 10, Corundum at 9 and Topaz at 8. On the same scale Marble scores between 3 and 5, knife steel scores 5.5, making your Silestone worktop much harder than your knives!
The word unique is often bandied about, but baked into the resin is Silestone’s patented antibacterial formula, derived from silver ions, actively killing bacteria and germs. Silestone is the only worktop with this feature, making it truly unique and eminently suitable for kitchens, food industry and health industry.
The quality of Silestone worktops is backed by two levels of protection, a 10 year warranty against product defects and also a 10 year limited “installed” warranty.
In which thickness is Silestone available?
For various applications and cost considerations, Silestone is manufactured in sheets of 12mm, 20 mm and 30 mm, providing a slab thickness for virtually any application, in small and large kitchens or other domestic or commercial areas where ultra-luxurious worktops are required.
Because of its remarkable strength, flexibility and resilience, Silestone can be used on particularly large surfaces. Various techniques are employed to further support and strengthen Silestone worktops, countertops or vertical applications stretching over long spans, and undermounting sinks and basins, without detracting from the classiness of Silestone.
Silestone is available in widths of 132 Cm, 140 cm and 305 cm.
Is Silestone only available as sheets?
Because Silestone can be formed and shaped, it is moulded into integrated single or double basins, sinks, accessories, end details, upstands, downturns, splashbacks, fixtures, fittings, decorations, etc. almost perfectly matching the colour and patterns of your worktops.
Silestone also manufactures floor and wall tiles to complement the opulence of a Silestone kitchen worktop with tis complete range of accessories.
How many different colours are available for Silestone worktops?
The Silestone colour range is constantly adapted to give better choices and versatility and with currently more than 60 colours, in combination with other materials, allow for an almost unlimited working palette.
For easy reference, Worktops.net have also divided the colours into price bands.
Because Silestone is essentially made from natural minerals, slight variations of colour and pattern will be discerned from one sheet to the next. Rather than detract from the beauty of the worktops, this adds that additional natural aesthetic appeal.
How are Silestone worktops joined to create harmony and a seamless appearance?
To minimise wastage and for maximum strength, corner joints and butt end joints are usually square rather than mitred. They are smoothed and joined with specially formulated colour coordinated adhesives, silicone caulking and a heat process that make joints almost imperceptible, giving the appearance of a solid, seamless design and no crevices where dirt can accumulate.
Cutouts and corners are rounded and polished smooth and edges and to finish the worktops off, end details, upstands and downturns are available in a wide variety of shapes and designs.
Provision is made for clearances to allow for thermal expansion and contraction. This avoids cracks showing later.