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The Cosentino corporation developed engineered quartz countertops called Silestone in 1989. Their goal was to create an engineered countertop with the weight, look, and feel of marble and granite without the many disadvantages found in natural stone countertops. Each Silestone countertop comes with a 15-year warranty.
Silestone offers a number of benefits that are not found in natural stone countertops, including stain resistance, scratch resistance, water resistance, and heat resistance. Silestone has amazing durability. In fact, the only stones harder than Silestone are diamonds, sapphires, and topaz. Finally, Silestone is nonporous, providing you with a virtually maintenance-free countertop.
Silestone quartz countertops are available in three finishes – polished, suede, and volcano. The polished texture is a classic finish featuring intense colors, shine, and clarity. The suede texture provides a soft touch, matte finish with consistent color throughout. The volcano texture offers a smooth appearance and feel perfect for rustic settings. Silestone is available in three thicknesses – 1.2 centimeters, 2 centimeters, and 3 centimeters.
Silestone is an environmentally friendly countertop option manufactured in Spain. Cosentino is available around the world. Its US headquarters are based in Coral Gable, Florida.
Silestone is composed of ninety four percent quartz aggregates. The remaining six percent of materials include binders and pigments. The ingredients are mixed together in a large vat and then homogenized and pressed into a Silestone slab. All air is removed from the slab using vacuum and vibration systems. Then, the slab is baked for 30 minutes at 100 degrees centigrade. After baking, the slab is allowed to cool for 24 hours before it polished to the customer’s preferred finish and cut to the customer’s specifications.
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