Silestone countertops cost an average of $3,500.
Most job costs range between $1,540 and $4,800, but they can cost as much as $7,000 depending on selections. Solid-surface countertops cost from $50 to $100 per square foot installed, similar to other quartz countertops. This is dependent on edge styles, colors, patterns and the manufacturer. The variance in price is due to the multitude of options available.
Silestone countertops are 94 percent quartz and 6 percent resin, binding agents and pigment. This allows the natural beauty of the quartz to show through. The resin and pigments allow a wider color and pattern selection than natural quartz. It’s a very strong material and resists acids, stains, scratches and impacts. It also has antimicrobial agents mixed in to reduce the risk of bacteria growth. (This won’t prevent bacteria from taking hold, but it’s an effective first line of defense.) Silestone is also more durable and lighter than other natural stones like granite or marble.
When measuring for your new countertop, remember that this should only be used for a rough idea of how much material you will need. The actual measurements need to be done on site by the professional countertop installer. Seams must be hidden by means of an epoxy tinted to match your countertop. Let an experienced installer handle the job, especially if a pattern is involved. Most countertops will come with a basic edge. If you want a different edge, such as bullnose or ogee, it can cost an additional $12 to $17 per linear foot. Corners are often the most difficult part of edgework. If your design has several corners, the installation cost may go up. Another cost factor is how difficult it will be to get your countertop into the house. Be sure the path to your kitchen is as straight and clean as possible. Customization is inherent in installing these countertops.
Every countertop must be cut to your kitchen’s specifications, such as the placement of sinks, backsplashes and other features. Some countertops even have built-in drain-boards. The customization options are endless.
Another cost factor is how difficult it will be to get your countertop into the house. Be sure the path to your kitchen is as straight and clean as possible.
Pros of a solid-surface countertop include a seamless look, durability, non-porous, easy to clean and easy customization. Cons include susceptibility to scorching from high heat, deep scratching if used as a cutting surface, susceptibility to strong chemicals, and high installation costs ($50 to $200 per square foot).