Silestone vs. Caesarstone


Old 03-08-06, 07:38 PM
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Silestone vs. Caesarstone

Can anyone recommend one or the other for countertops? What are the pros or cons? Difference in pricing? Thanks
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Old 03-08-06, 08:23 PM
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These are both Engineered Quartz products - other brands include:

1. Cosentino from Spain and the US known for their Silestone
2. Quarella from Verona known for their tiles worldwide
3. Sdot Yam (Israel) known for their Caesarstone and good colors
4. Santa Margherita near Verona is the oldest company in the business
5. Stone Italiana also from Verona
6. Technistone is a Czech company
7. DuPont USA is known for their Zodiaq

Quartz countertops are the new worry-free alternative to high-maintenance granite. They are stronger than granite, require no resealing, are highly resistant to scratches and stains, and come in a huge variety of colors. There are no restrictions to the different types of sink installations.

Engineered stone is an extremely durable product that takes the heat and resists stains. Engineered stone is one-and-a-quarter inches thick, and is installed using epoxy. At $50 to $100 per square foot, engineered stone is as costly as granite but weighs more than granite.

When it comes to Engineered Quartz, companies like Cambria, DuPont, and Cosentino can all offer warranties for up to ten years on their products. Silestone®, just one brand, is a natural quartz product. Quartz is the hardest non-gem mineral in the world. Silestone® is 3 times harder than granite and has four times the flexural strength. It is made by combining quartz crystals, dyes and resins to achieve a material that exhibits pure brilliance. The material has the highest degree of stain, heat and scratch resistance available in any countertop in the world. Silestone® is the only countertop in the world available with Microban® anti-microbial product protection. The surface is never sealed so it never needs re-sealing.

Hope this helps!
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