Kitchen Remodeling – Granite VS Silestone® Countertops – Which is better?

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As a seasoned remodeling company in Cleveland Ohio, we have helped hundreds of homeowners in Northeast Ohio with Kitchen remodeling projects. As such, we have become well aware of the questions and concerns that many of them have when making their product selections. Recently, we were helping a homeowner with her kitchen remodeling in Northfield, OH when she asked us some very good questions:

What is the difference between Silestone and Granite? Is there an advantage to one over the other? Does one have a weakness over the other?  I just want to be sure I get in the best thing. -Lorraine, homeowner in Northfield, Ohio

This is a very common question and should be asked by anyone planning a kitchen remodeling project. To help answer her question in the most un-biased and accurate manner as possible, we reached out to Lisa Kornuc, Allied Member ASID and Sales and Design Consultant at Stoneworks in Bedford Hts, OH. Below is a detailed explanation from Lisa along with some tips to help you make the right decision.

Granite vs Silestone®

First, it is important to understand that Silestone®, Du Pont Zodiaq, Caesarstone, LG Viatera are all Quartz products. That being said, here are some of the main differences between Quartz products, including Silestone®, and granite products.

Price
Silestone® and granite are cut, fabricated and installed the same. The only difference is in the material cost.  Quartz is roughly 20% more expensive than low-end granite; typically, Silestone® is comparable to a mid to high range granite price. I usually show price-conscious customers more of the DuPont Zodiaq, Caesarstone, and LG Viatera lines because they are priced far more competitively than the Silestone®.

Material
Granite is a solid piece of rock taken out of the ground and cut into blocks of stone and processed into slabs (i.e. counter-tops), tiles (i.e. back-splashes , and more. Granite is a product of Mother Nature; nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, each product is entirely unique and has various prices ranges. Silestone®, on the other hand, is 93% granite and quartz materials ground up and mixed with 7% epoxy resin and color pigment. Essentially, it is a mixture of crushed stone and man-made products produced in a factory. Thus, it is not as unique and prices tend to be “set in stone,” so to speak.

Maintenance
In terms of maintenance, Silestone® or Quartz products have a slight advantage over granite. Silestone® does not require sealing, whereas granite owners should seal their product once every 3-5 years. However, all it really takes to seal granite is a simple wipe on liquid that you let sit for 10 minutes then wipe off. It’s very easy to do! We recommend DuPont StoneTech® Sealer products.

Durability
Because Quartz products such as Silestone contain 7% plastic, they tend to stain less easy than granite. However, because of this plasticity, Quartz or Silestone® products are easier to scratch. In terms of heat, granite has the upper-hand as it can withstand up to 450 degree temperatures, whereas quartz peaks out at 300 degrees. Having worked with both products and not being biased, I believe that the granite is a more durable material.

Look
Granite – granite consists of natural blemishes and has hundreds of color variations. There are also unlimited edge designs and granite counter tops can be matched with numerous sink styles and brands. In addition, granite comes in a number of finished styles including antiqued, flamed, honed, leather, polished, thermal, and tumbled.
Silestone® – Silestone or Quartz products are generally more uniform in pattern and have limited variations in color. However, they also have unlimited edge designs and can be matched to essentially all sink styles and brands. Typically, Silestone will come in either a leather or polished finished.

The Bottom Line
They are very comparable products. Go for the look you like and enjoy!

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