Old 07-11-05, 11:19 PM
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I have read many posts regarding Quartz countertops and have not seen any reference to Caesarstone. Our builder doesn't offer Silestone or some of the other names I've seen here.

Is anyone familiar with Caesarstone? What are your thoughts regarding this manufacturer and product?

Old 07-12-05, 05:31 AM
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Caesarstone is just another manufacturer of quartz countertops. This is one made in Israel. What is available on the market, several manufacturers, all providing the "great names that provide it distiction" which makes it sound impressive. Like Zodiaq by Dupont or Silestone are just a couple examples.

The other issue is the cost. Those that market their product aggressively, pay for allot of advertising, have a higher cost per sq.ft. than those you may not hear of so often, if at all.

Truth is, they all are comprised of virtually the same materials but vary by ingredients added. What a builder is willing to offer seems more like where he gets his best deal to improve his bottom line. In todays world, it is essential that a builder is making adequate gross profit just to stay in business!

This might help on any further questions regarding Quartz countertops. Personally, I recommend Quartz versus Granite, but that is my own opinion and preference. However, you can't deny the elegance of a good granite countertop.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are virtually a worry-free alternative to high-maintenance granite. They are stronger than granite, require no resealing, are highly resistant to scratches and stains, and come in a huge variety of colors. Industry-wide, all quartz countertops are made with 93 percent quartz or more. The 93 percent is the minimum or they could not claim the hardness, durability, or impermeability of a true quartz surface. The prescribed mixture results in a product that is non-porous, exceedingly durable, and more than twice as strong as granite

In the case of quartz countertops, the raw quartz crystals used range in size from coarse grains to the size of rock salt. Once ground and selected, the crystals are combined with bonding agents and color, then heated and vibro-compacted to form an impenetrable surface. The slabs are a quartz matrix that won't develop fissures or cracks. A quartz surface is solid and remains impervious to water, moisture, or bacteria. Cambria is even certified by the National Sanitation Foundation International for use in commercial kitchens. Cosentino USA has gone a step further by introducing Microban into their Silestone countertops. Although bacteria cannot penetrate the quartz, it can form on the surface if left there. Microban will prevent the growth of bacteria even on the counter's surface. Many manufacturers are now adding this to their countertops so there are pretty much even in providing a good overall product.

Although the true look of high-end granite cannot be matched by the quartz-countertop industry, the number of options available and the consistency and uniformity in any given slab make up for any shortcomings.

Quartz slabs are finished using polishing wheels of varying sizes to bring a high-gloss sheen to the surface or, in Silestone's case the option to purchase a soft, leathered patina. Since they are solid, the color and natural mottling from the quartz crystals runs throughout the material. Slabs are fabricated into countertops with edge profiles that range from simple bevels to bullnose and ogee.

Quartz countertops weigh quite a bit more than granite because it is manufactured to be so dense and strong. It also takes a practiced professional to fabricate and install them, which is why Silestone and Cambria both train and certify their installers. Quartz is also easier to cut, handle, and fabricate without damaging than granite. Trained installers can count on fewer broken slabs and less waste than in a typical granite installation.

Cambria and other manufacturers supply their fabricators using a one-price policy. This means their various lines and profiles are all priced the same as they leave the manufacturing plant regardless of the color, style, or edging. Customers can expect to pay $45 to $95 per square foot, fully installed for a custom profile quartz countertop, depending on the pricing from the fabricator and installer.

Hope this helps!

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