Granite is an “intrusive” igneous rock, known for its durability. It is formed when pools of molten magma beneath the earth’s surface slowly cool and crystallize, resulting in a very uniform, speckled stone that ranges in color from black and gray tones to pinks, browns, reds, greens and whites. Nearly impossible to scratch Accepts hot pots and pans Will not stain under normal use and clean up after use Does not harbor bacteria Not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, wine, etc. Generally lasts forever Since all granites are made by nature, no two are the same and all slabs should be reviewed and approved for each project. It is recommended that before buying any countertop material, you get a sample of each and conduct your own tests for staining and heat resistance.
Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock, known for its beauty. It is formed when intense heat and pressure beneath the earth’s surface cause limestone to recrystallize. Foreign substances and minerals often enter the stone during this process, resulting in an infinite variety of colors, textures, and veining. No two pieces of marble are exactly alike; each piece is one of a kind. Marbles and granites are quarried throughout the world in the form of huge blocks, some weighing up to 20 tons. These blocks are cut into slabs that are generally ¾” or 1 ¼” thick and the faces are polished to a specified finish. These slabs are then carefully packed and shipped to the fabricators who will process the stone into the final product.
Hand made- Quartz Surface (Recommended!)
CaesarStone?is the original quartz-based engineered stone primarily used for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. CaesarStone is 93% crushed quartz, one of nature's hardest minerals. The quartz is combined with high-quality polymer resins and pigments and then compacted under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure into dense, non-porous slabs. The slabs are post cured, gauged to precise thickness, and polished to an enduring shine. Although long used for the finest residential countertops, CaesarStone is now offered as an attractive and versatile finish for commercial and institutional buildings. Our quartz surfacing is tough enough for the wear and tear on just about any interior surface, and beautiful enough for every architectural and decorating scheme.
Does Caesarstone have any other colors with recycled content?
Yes, Caesarstone offers four different recycled colors. Both our Quartz Reflections and Ruby Reflections colors are made with up to 35% post-consumer recycled glass. Our new Chocolate Truffle and Smoky Ash colors are made with up to 17% post-consumer recycled glass.
Can Caesarstone be used outdoors?
While some customers have opted to install Caesarstone in outdoor applications - this use is not covered by our Lifetime Warranty. Caesarstone has not been tested in prolonged UV ray exposure settings.
Is caring for my Caesarstone surface really this easy?
Caesarstone's care-free maintenance and everlasting benefits and performance allows more time for the things that matter most to you. Whether you selected Caesarstone to be your surface of choice for food preparation or to simply beautify your home, you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that Caesarstone is completely worry and care-free.
Does Caesarstone offer a warranty?
Yes, as of February 15, 2008 Caesarstone has offered a Lifetime Warranty for all residential purchases. Please go to: http://www.caesarstoneus.com/customer-service/warranty/registration/ to register your Caesarstone purchase.
Which material should I use and where?
Your choice of material depends on the effect you want to achieve and how much use or abuse the stone will be subject to. Granite: Granite is striking, functional and the most durable. These traits make granite ideal for kitchen countertops accent islands, bar tops, everyday dining tables, and many other uses. Marble: Marble is the most elegant and lux-urious of stones. Marble's beauty will last for generations. It is versatile enough for use throughout the home, such as fireplace facing, ornamental furnishings, walls and window sills. Marble shines best in the bath. You can use it on almost every surface, including vanities, shower walls, tub decks and flooring. Caesarstone: CaesarStone offers numerous advantages over natural stone. Stronger, more durable, cleaner, safer, and more consistent - it's the "Six-Million-Dollar-Man" of stone surfaces. In addition to its superior performance, CaesarStone has greater consistency than natural stone which is veined and prone to flaws
What about the cost?
Initially, marble, granite and caesarstone cost about the same as other solid surface, but price must be weighed against performance. The durability, longevity and natural beauty of marble and granite will usually outlive the home's occupants. Marble, granite and caesarstone are far more valuable than synthetics in much the same way that diamonds are more valuable than rhinestones. The depth and character of natural stone cannot be matched by any man-made surface. Natural stone does not depreciate with time and adds value to your home.
Marble or Granite vs New synthetics
Even the finest synthetics (such as plastic and formica) can't match stone's natural range of colors and textures, nor are they as versatile, durable or long lasting.
Do Marble and Granite require special care?
Marble and Granite are easier to maintain than you'd expect. Warm water, mild dish washing liquid and a soft cloth clean up most spills on both surfaces. Granite is a worry-free surface, requiring few special precautions. It is extremely durable, stain-resistant and easy to care for. Hot pots and pans won't damage it. It won't chip, crack or scratch under normal use. Cutting boards are recommended when slicing bread, meats or vegetables to protect your knives from becoming dull. Marble isn't quite as worry-free as granite. It has a softer, less stain-resistant surface than granite and it should be treated like a fine piece of wood. Spills should be wiped up immediately, coaster should be placed under beverage glasses to avoid staining and etching. Marble is especially susceptible to damage from citric acids, alcohol and oils. With proper care, its beauty will last generations. Its hard, nonporous surface makes CaesarStone simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its luster. If necessary, a non-abrasive cleanser such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach or Comet Gel can be used along with a green scrub pad such as Scotch-Brite. Adhered materials like food, gum, nail polish, or dried paint can be scraped away with a plastic putty knife; any marks left by the blade can be removed with Soft Scrub and a Scotch-Brite pad. Thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water to remove residue. While CaesarStone does not require sealants or waxes to maintain its luster, occasional polishing with Soft Scrub Bleach Gel or Comet Gel will keep the quartz surfacing looking its best. CaesarStone prides itself in providing our customers a virtually care-free surface, but as with any product, excessive abuse can harm its finish. With a small amount of care, your CaesarStone surface will look as great as the day you bought it for years to come.
10 year warranty Stain resistant Scratch resistant Mold & mildew resistant Chip & crack resistant Heat & burn resistant Resistant to chemicals, acids, & solvents Immune to freezing & thawing.
How should I remove stubborn or dried spills?
Use a damp, soft cloth with warm water and soap. If needed, apply common, non-abrasive, household cleaners such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach, or Comet Soft Cleanser Cream directly on a damp cloth or sponge and wipe the surface, rinsing thoroughly after cleaning. To avoid dulling the surface's shine, make sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner, and rinse off any cleaner with water. To remove adhered material such as food, gum, or nail polish, first scrape away the excess material with a plastic putty knife and then clean the surface with a damp cloth to remove any marks left behind and any residual dirt.
How durable is Caesarstone?
Caesarstone is resistant to cracks, scratches and stains. However, like most materials, excessive force and/or pressure from objects can damage the surface. Caesarstone is resistant to most stains caused by fruit juices, liquid food coloring, coffee, tea, wine, grapes and soft drinks. Caesarstone's non-porous nature provides maximum resistance to staining and fully eliminates the need for any sealing. The non-porous quality of the surface also greatly reduces the potential for bacterial growth.
Do I need to apply a sealer to Caesarstone?
No. Caesarstone is a non-porous surface, so you will never have to apply sealer to any Caesarstone surface.
Can I cut on my Caesarstone countertop?
Caesarstone surfaces are highly scratch resistant; however, avoid using sharp objects such as sharp knives or screwdrivers directly on the surface. The use of a cutting board is always recommended.
How do I maintain Caesarstone's natural beauty?
Due to its high density and non-porous qualities, normal cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent will keep your Caesarstone surface looking like the first day it was installed. To avoid dulling the surface's shine, make sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner, and thoroughly rinse off with water after use. We recommend a thorough cleaning of your Caesarstone surface on a regular basis (because of the patina that can develop on the surface from day from cooking, grease oils in the air) to keep the surface as beautiful as the day it was installed. Honed: Please understand that HONED, TEXTURED and MOTIVO finishes will require more daily maintenance than our polished finishes. Since there is more exposed surface area with honed finishes, metal marks, finger prints and other signs of daily living will show on honed material. Most of these marks can be easily removed with little effort and non-abrasive cleaning products such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel.
How does Caesarstone withstand heat?
Caesarstone is structurally more heat resistant in comparison to other stones, including granite. However, any stone material can potentially be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, especially near the edges. Therefore, using inexpensive and readily available hot pads or trivets is always recommended, especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster ovens. We do not advise putting hot cookware directly on the Caesarstone surface.
Are there any chemicals or cleaners to avoid using?
We recommend using cleaning products between pH 5-8, as products outside this range may damage the surface. Avoid exposing Caesarstone to chemicals with pH levels outside this range, such as oven grill cleaners, floor strippers, toilet bowl cleaners, oil soaps, tarnish removers, furniture cleaners, drain products, etc. Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any potentially damaging products, rinse immediately with water to neutralize the effect.