Miners extract quartz from the earth in quarries around the world. At Caesarstone industrial plants, workers blend the stone with pigments and resins, resulting in a finished product that's 93 percent quartz. Factory workers pour the mixture into molds, compact the material and cure the slabs at 90 degrees Celsius. Machines finish perfecting the countertops by polishing or honing the slabs, and quality-control inspectors examine each slab to ensure consistency and quality.
Unlike granite, engineered stone countertops require no sealing. Caesarstone resists scratches and stains, and the surface offers more flexural strength than granite. As a nonporous material, Caesarstone defies mold and mildew. Because engineered quartz offers more consistency than natural stone, you can count on an exact color match for your design motif. You needn't visit a stone yard to select the right countertop because the sample will match the finished product.
Though Caesarstone offers optimal resilience, granite provides more impact resistance than engineered quartz, according to Consumer Reports. Square edge profiles may chip easily, though fabricators can repair the damage. Because engineered quartz takes substantial energy to transport, the shipping process generates air pollution. Though Caesarstone offers eight recycled designs, the recycled countertops contain only 17 to 35 percent recycled glass. Designers appreciate the color consistency of engineered quartz, but some homeowners prefer the depth and random appearance of natural stone.
Caring for Caesarstone
Though the surface stands up to knives and sharp objects, the company advises consumers to use cutting boards. Use non-abrasive cleaners to clean the surface, and always place trivets under hot cookware and crock-pots. Pots and pans hotter than 300 degrees Fahrenheit may crack the surface. Avoid using strong solvents near Caesarstone, including oven cleaners, paint removers and oily products.