We really believe that the best kitchen countertops are in Silestone , but almost every week we hear this question!
It is not a clear surprise because there are many other different types of countertops on the market, cheaper products and that if we are not aware, they can easily go through the right product and there we end up buying a kitchen countertop that later turns out to be the wrong one for people. our needs and usage.
One thing is right:
Regardless of whether you are an established chef, a masterchef competitor or a simple cook, you will definitely want to buy the right type of kitchen countertop and it is to help you with that that we we are here!
So let’s start at the beginning, which are the materials used in the manufacture of countertops:
In New Jersey, the most popular materials for kitchen countertops are:
There are other materials such as concrete, glass or corian in which they have a marginal use and for that purpose, we do not consider them here.
Just look at the list to see that some of the materials above have some basic problems with their application on a kitchen countertop .
Agglomerates do not get along with a lot of heat (for example from a hot pot or pan) and are also not very good at withstanding high humidity, something that is natural when using most kitchen countertops we know!
Wood, even treated, has a lower resistance to humidity than, for example, granite or Silestone, even many woods tend to darken next to the highest humidity spots, which gives an unpleasant aesthetic aspect. In addition, it is common for customers to claim that at certain times of the year, their wooden kitchen countertops appear to swell due to humidity. Another very important aspect is hygiene and clearly a wooden countertop (a porous material) is not as hygienic as other washable and non-porous surfaces like Silestone.
Marbles are an excellent good choice due to their low porosity, high resistance to heat, scratches and humidity but they can still stain due to a high absorption rate. And even though it is an easy to clean product, it is not totally free of bacteria due to the possibility of the infiltration of some microorganisms (it is a natural product). Another of the problems with this material is its cost and that in certain marbles together with labor, it can easily exceed the many hundreds of euros per linear meter. Aesthetically the marble is also a little outdated, due to its massive use for several years and having a natural coloring, some tones and patterns are almost impossible to obtain.
Stainless steel, being a hygienic material when properly washed and impermeable to heat and humidity, has some propensity for liquid marks and it is not possible to make cuts directly on top of the stainless steel due to the risks it causes.
The answer seems simple, but it is for all the negative points of the other materials. The Silestone has no negative point of those mentioned above!
There are more reasons for us to prefer Silestone for kitchen countertops, these are just some of the ones that “stand out more”.
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