What is Caesarstone?
Caesarstone® is the registered brand name of high quality premium quartz surfaces, suitable for kitchen and bathroom worktops, sinks, shower trays, flooring and wall cladding and staircases. The company was founded near the ancient Roman city of Caesarea in 1987 and has become one of the world leaders in quartz surfaces, with a superb reputation of quality and service.
What is a Caesarstone worktop made from?
Caesarstone is an engineered stone, manufactured according to the most stringent quality controls and from the best quality natural quartz compound, comprising a minimum of 93% quartz aggregate, enhanced by a special blend of polymer resins and colour pigments.
The specially selected raw materials are pulverised and fed into special mixers, where they are blended together and then poured into moulds to form various slab sizes. These slabs are then compacted by a special vacuum and vibration process, under pressure of up to 100 tonnes. Once pressed into a compact slab, it is moved to a curing kiln where it is heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes to obtain incredible hardness, strength, resilience and stain resistance.
The next step in the process to obtain the lustre of quartz, is to polish the slabs to a prefect finish, gauging and calibrating the thickness to exact standards. Each slab is individually inspected and labelled with a unique serial number for later identification.
The slabs are then fabricated by professional, accredited fabricators such as worktops.net into residential or commercial worktops, with all the accessories, and installed by a highly skilled team of experts, with a minimum number of almost imperceptible joints.
The client has the assurance of the highest quality, backed up by a two tiered 10-year guarantee, both by the manufacturer and fabricator if installed professionally.
How does a Caesarstone worktop differ from a Natural Stone worktop?
Caesarstone worktops are exceptionally hard, solid, non-porous surfaces with all the benefits and magnificence of marble and granite, but without any of the drawbacks. Unlike Natural stone which has microscopic pores and cracks which can absorb liquids and in which stains can settle and bacteria can grow, the high density and absolute absence of any pores or fissures, Caesarstone worktops are completely impervious to liquids, making them highly stain- and damage resistant and completely hygienic, without requiring any sealing. Caesarstone has a much brighter shine than natural stone, because the quartz crystals give it more sparkle.
In addition, Caesarstone worktops are available in a huge variety of colours, tones, styles, finishes and textures, together with other unique properties not found in natural stone. Styles include a plain, fine- or coarse- grained, or veined appearance.
Caesarstone can be joined virtually seamlessly, in ways not possible with the natural stone worktops, further adding even further to its appeal and hygienic properties.
Because of its density and uniform internal structure, Caesarstone worktops are much harder, more resilient and flexible than natural stone, making it more scratch resistant, possible to be fitted in longer lengths for an even more unified look.
The available colour tones range from Intense White to Jet Black, with more exotic colours like Turbine Grey, Moorland Fog and Staturario Maximus in between. Colours are matched much easier than natural stone, because the colours of Caesarstone are much more consistent throughout the slab and even between slabs, as they are not dependent on what is produced by the earth when granite or marble stone is quarried. Yet, the slight colour variances that do occur enhance and add the allure of luxurious natural stone, rather than detract from the product.
Caesarstone blends exceptionally well with other materials such as glass, brass, bronze, gold, silver, stainless steel and wood.
Caesarstone is generally more expensive than natural stone, but offers much greater variety and the numerous other benefits as pointed out.
Heavy stains and scratches can be erased without a trace simply by rubbing with household cleaner
Proven to be remarkably durable, a versatile material that is easy to live with in both domestic and commercial environments
Bacteria and mould have nowhere to take root. When it looks clean, it really is clean
Inconspicuous seams result in a smooth surface that enables you to create large designs fashioned from a single element
Easy to Clean
With a non-porous surface that prevents dirt and stains from penetrating the material.
Can Caesarstone worktops only be used as worktops?
The durability, hardness and stain and scratch resistance of Caesarstone, make it eminently suited as worktops in high-end kitchens, bathrooms and serving areas, but also wall and floor cladding and even staircases. The unmatched hardness of quartz surfaces (7 on the Mohs scale of hardness) different thickness of the slabs and the variety of colours and textures give you countless opportunities to literally let your home or business sparkle with the lustre of quartz crystals.
Caesarstone incorporates integrated sinks and shower trays and can be used very effectively on floors and walls for an exclusive appearance. Special care should however, be taken though with adhesives and repairs of scratches when they do occur and specialist repairs are recommended.
Because of its solid, non-porous quality, it has also been approved by health authorities for use in highly sterile areas such as hospitals, surgeries and laboratories. Because it is so easy to keep clean and to maintain the highest levels of hygiene, it is also frequently used in sensitive areas where germs can easily be spread, such as airport and hotel check-in counters.
When should you use Caesarstone worktops?
Whenever the ultimate in opulence, hygiene, durability, scratch- and stain- resistance is required in your preference of a modern, vintage or rustic looking kitchen, serving areas, bathrooms, staircases, or vanities, Caesarstone will provide you with the finest and most comprehensive range of options.
Combining the large variety of colours, styles and textures, of Caesarstone with countless combinations of upstands, splashbacks, downturns, wall cladding, overhangs, edgings, return ends and cut-outs for integrated sinks, bowls and cooking tops for a truly bespoke design.