Here’s a brief rundown of the key differences so that you can make a more informed choice about the counter you’ll be slicing, peeling and shredding on for the years to come. See this page if you’re looking for a very detailed and in-depth comparison.
Quartz countertops are maintenance-free
One of the biggest deciding factors has to come down to the amount of maintenance issues required to keep the countertop looking as good as the day it first arrived at your door. Silestone quartz comes out as the winner for this one since it is an extremely non-porous counter that can easily resist spills and ultimately stains.
On the other hand, a porous stone like granite needs to be sealed at least once a year to keep it protected. As well, without the sealing protection, bacteria can grow in the small crevices that you can’t see with with the naked eye. This can actually end up being a safety hazard in the sanctity of your own kitchen.
Granite is resilient but not as strong as quartz
When it comes to strength, Silestone wins out again – although only slightly. Granite contains crystalline material, which allows for fissures and small spaces. Although it is extremely resilient to cracking and chipping, it just isn’t as strong as quartz in this regard.
Just to make things clear though, it would take an excessive amount of force to crack or chip the countertop in any way. The small difference in strength shouldn’t really be much of a consideration when you’re deciding between the 2 types of counters.
The aesthetic value
Both of these countertop choices look amazing in all types of kitchens. Whether you have a traditional, contemporary or a transitional decor in your kitchen, you’ll enjoy setting up your meals and preparing your food on granite or Silestone. In regards to their looks and fashion statement, they both come out as winners.
So which one should you pick?
When push comes to shove, the aesthetics of the stone will play a vital part in the decision-making process.Remember that Silestone has actually been processed and therefore does not offer the same type of natural look that you’ll get from a stone slab that is simply carved from the earth and polished until it shines.
Some people adore this natural look and would never settle for anything less. If you have a decided preference towards granite, this should end up being your stone of choice. You’re going to be the one that is looking at and appreciating your countertop the most, and for the cost of the investment, you’ll want to have and enjoy the counter that resonates the most with you.