When it comes to your kitchen worktops or bathroom surfaces, it pays to consider your options. Quartz provides an ideal solution in both cases, and Silestone from Cosentino is a leading name in the quartz work surface field.What is Silestone?First appearing back in 1990, Silestone has since developed into a household name having been used in a number of high-profile buildings worldwide, and even featuring in TIME Magazine in 2004, who referred to the material as one of the technological innovations of the century!Made from 94% natural quartz, compressed at the molecular level, Silestone is a durable and non-porous material that has become immensely popular in kitchens and bathrooms around the world. Unlike granite, Silestone’s low porosity allows for a higher resistance to spills and stains, and is available in a wider range of finishes due to the makeup of the compound. But what are some of the other benefits that Silestone offers? BenefitsFirst of all, as quartz is one of the hardest naturally occurring materials in existence, Silestone is immensely durable. Not only does this protect it from impact damage, it also means that it is highly scratch resistant and doesn’t rely on regular sealing for protection (as with granite).This last point is also a bonus when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. As Silestone is virtually non-porous, splashes and spills from things such as coffee, wine, cooking oils and similar can be easily cleaned without them staining – a dry cloth is often sufficient to return the surface to optimal condition. Similarly, hygiene is improved with ease of cleaning and no cracks or pores for food scraps to hide in.Unlike granite, Silestone quartz is available in a range of finishes and tones – over 90! – making it a highly flexible choice when it comes to decor considerations, and the variety of textures, from veined to fine or coarse grain, helps Silestone to suit any style. What can Silestone be used for?With all of the benefits listed above, it’s no wonder that Silestone can be used for a number of different applications.Kitchen worktops are the obvious place to start, with Silestone offering a robust yet attractive option that’s perfect for food preparation and for withstanding the heat and impact of pots and pans.Silestone Integrity sinks, made from a single piece that can be integrated seamlessly into your kitchen or washroom, provide a scratch-resistant surface for you to wash up cutlery and other abrasive items in, and are available in every tone within the Silestone colour range. Silestone products are a fine addition to the quartz range at Touchstone Worktops, allowing us to provide high-quality worktops and Integrity sinks to all customers. Our expert team are on hand to provide advice and assistance as to the Silestone products most suited to your needs, installing all worktops and sinks in the professional manner for which we are known. As a Gold Level Silestone-Approved Fabricator, and with a full 25-year warranty, you can count on Touchstone when it comes to the supply and fitting of Silestone products. Get in touch today to find out more.