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Silestone is one of the largest manufacturers of engineered quartz - a material that is exploding in popularity. Quartz is primarily used for kitchen countertops. Nevertheless, it also works for backsplashes and bathroom counters.
Silestone countertops are regarded for their beauty and durability. Like granite, quartz offers the distinct look of natural stone. But, quartz is far more durable than granite and easier to clean and maintain.
About Silestone Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops were virtually unheard of in the United States a few years ago. Now, they're in high demand. They offer the same the depth, clarity, and brilliance as other natural stone. But, they're not as damage-prone.
Quartz countertops are highly stain and scratch resistant. Even a slip of the knife won't damage the counter. Because the surface is non-porous, quartz counters never need sealing. The surface also resists fluid absorption and bacterial growth.
Silestone quartz is available in 60 different colors, from conservative neutrals to bold, daring oranges, and blues. Silestone offers countertops in two textures: original Silestone and Silestone leather, which has a softer feel.
Silestone Countertop Average Costs
Silestone countertops typically cost between $60 and $100 per square foot, including installation. The colors are grouped into price categories A through E, with A being the least expensive and E the most expensive.
However, adding upgrades and additional features can easily drive the total price to $150 per square foot or more. For example, a simple 30 square foot Silestone countertop in antique gold costs about $2,700, or $90 per square foot. But if you opt for most of the available upgrades, the total cost climbs to more than $4,000, or $130 per square foot.
Features, options and services that may add to the total purchase price include:
- Fancy, decorative edges: $16 to $25 per square foot
- Sink and cooktop cutouts: $100 to $400 each, although sometimes the first one is free
- Faucet holes: $25 to $50 each
- Installing over a Lazy Susan (requires 45 degree turn): $100 to $200 each
- Old countertop removal: $10 to $20 per square foot
- Additional electrical outlet installation: about $50 to $100 each
Keep in mind, however, that the prices above are merely estimates. Actual costs will vary from dealer to dealer and based upon your geographic location. For an accurate estimate, you'll need a professional to measure your kitchen.
Silestone Countertop Maintenance
Silestone counters can be cleaned with only a soft cloth and water or mild soap. They don't require scrubbing and are highly resistant to stains from coffees, lemon juice, wine, olive oil and vinegar.
Silestone counters are also highly scratch resistant, but that doesn't mean you should use them as a cutting board. It is possible to damage them with lots of force or pressure.
Similarly, Silestone counters are extremely heat resistant. A lit match won't even damage the surface. But, it's best not to take any chances. Always use trivets or a hot pad when dealing with hot pans.
The only exception to all of this is Silestone leather, which requires some additional care and attention. Make sure to ask a Silestone dealer for details on how to maintain those counters before you commit to a purchase.