A stone countertop is the perfect addition to any family kitchen. Stone looks great, it’s perfect for cooking and it is tough enough to stand up to your hectic family life.
What’s the difference?
Granite is a natural stone that’s been formed naturally. Natural stone worktops are millions of years in the making. The only human intervention in granite worktops is in quarrying, treating and installing the stone.
Silestone is a type of engineered stone, which means it is manufactured rather than quarried. Silestone is made using a mixture of quartz and resin, but it still uses up to 95% natural material.
Both granite and Silestone are available in large slabs which can then be cut, fabricated and installed by a kitchen worktop supplier like Cheshire Graniteline.
Below, we’ve compared granite and Silestone to help you decide what’s best for your family kitchen.
Look and feel
Do you take pride in being a bit different? Natural stone might be perfect for your family kitchen.
To us, the best thing about granite is that no two worktops are exactly the same. The rock is formed naturally over millions of years, so you can rest your coffee on a counter that’s 100% unique.
Kitchen granite is treated and polished so it’s as smooth as glass. And because granite is naturally cool, it means it’s great for rolling dough, throwing pizzas and making treats for the whole family.
Granite has the kind of natural beauty that’s difficult to explain, but easily recognise when it’s in front of you. Want to see for yourself? We’d love to have you visit our Middlewich kitchen workshop.
Silestone looks great as well. The quartz crystals give Silestone worktops amazing depth.
It comes in huge range of different colours and styles, so you’ll be sure to find something that matches your kitchen aesthetic.
Silestone can be manufactured with different textures too.
Polished Silestone has a smooth and glossy finish. This is by far the most popular Silestone texture, but you can also get a matte finish with Silestone Suede and a rougher, more rustic texture with Silestone Volcano.
Durability of silestone versus granite
Durability is clearly essential in any family kitchen. You want to make sure your countertop can stand up to the hardships of daily family life (plus the occasional slip, spill or accident).
The good news is that natural and engineered stone worktops are some of the most hard-wearing countertops that money can buy.
Granite is strong and tough. If granite is treated and installed properly, you’ll have a high degree of protection against stains, scratches and chips. But the material is limited by nature, so it isn’t quite as hardwearing as engineered alternatives like Silestone.
If durability is key for you and your family, then Silestone might be the answer. Quartz is one of the hardest materials on earth and, unlike granite, Silestone is non-porous, so you don’t need to worry about stains.
Engineered stone is also more resistant against scratches and chips, which is great if you’ve got some high-spirited children.
What is the cost of silestone and granite?
Speaking generally, it’s cheaper to buy and install a Silestone worktop compared to a granite worktop.
But the price for both depends on all sorts of factors.
Granite is mined in several places around the world, and granite from some parts of the world is cheaper than others.
The price of Silestone doesn’t vary as much, because it’s made in a factory, but there are other quartz materials available like Technistone.
The cost of granite and Silestone can also vary according to the size and shape of your worktops.
Granite and Silestone need to be bought in slabs, so you need to make sure you get one that’s big enough to cover your kitchen and very large slabs can cost significantly more.
The shape of your kitchen can also determine the final price. If you need an unusually long piece of stone, or two long pieces of stone for an ‘L-shaped’ kitchen counter, then you could end up paying more.
Installation costs can vary too. Granite worktops are often heavier than Silestone, and they can need extra work like edging to make them suitable for a family kitchen.
With the price of stone worktops varying so much, your best bet is to speak to an expert worktop fabricator and installer like Cheshire Graniteline. Our team can help you choose the best countertop for your family and we can often find creative ways to save money as well.
Speak to a member of our team to arrange a consultation today. Call: 01606 841 074.