From Dekton and Radianz to Silestone and Travertine, we’ve covered a range of surfacing materials available for use in your home or business. As hinted at in previous weeks, this only begins to scratch the surface. There are a plethora of options available out there for your home or business surfacing needs that you may not even be aware of. To assist you in discovering all these options, we’ve been creating in depth profiles for each of the previously mentioned materials (Dekton, Radianz, Silestone, & Travertine). We’ve done this by covering a different one each week and exploring what exactly each surfacing material is, how it’s made, the advantages (or disadvantages) of using said material, as well as why we think the material would be a good fit for you. While the material changes from week to week, the formula doesn’t, so this week we’ll continue with in the same fashion changing only the material covered. This week we’ll cover another variation of quartz, caesarstone, and again find out what it is, how it’s made, the advantages of using said material, as well as overall why we think it would be a good fit for you. We hope that in doing so we help you to simultaneously broaden your scope and narrow your options. Read below to find out more!
As mentioned above, like a few of the options previously covered, caesarstone is a variation of quartz - one of the most durable materials in the world. The product touts many advantages made possible through an intense manufacturing process explained below.
To reach its final state, there is a manufacturing process caesarstone must first endure. According to caesarstone’s website, this manufacturing process ensures “Caesarstone surfaces meet exacting standards of excellence from the initial procurement of raw materials to the final quality control check.” It begins when highly-skilled and trained staff inspect the raw materials coming into the manufacturing facility. By adding in the step during the initial phases, quality of product can always be ensured. From here the manufacturing process proceeds as follows: feeding and mixing, molding and pressing, curing, polishing, quality testing, and tagging. Just so you have a thorough idea of how the manufacturing process works, we’re going to take a look at each step a little more closely.
As mentioned above, the raw materials (quartz, pigments, and polymers) are carefully selected and tested by a highly skilled and trained staff. Once they have passed initial inspections, the raw materials are blended together “at a ratio of up to 93% natural quartz aggregates with pigments and polymer resins.”
After being selected, tested, and blended together, “the mixture is then poured into a mold and formed into slab sizes of 306x144 cm or 120x57 inches,” according to caesarstone’s website. “It is compressed under very high pressure (nearly 100 tons psi) and vibrated in a vacuum. This removes all the air and creates a compressed surface.”
Once formed, the slabs are then moved to a curing kiln where they are heated to 90°C for 45 minutes. This helps to add increased strength and solidarity.
After curing, the slabs are gauged, calibrated, and polished. Polishing is available in variety of different colors and designs.
To ensure every caesarstone slab is up to color, hue and consistency standards, it must go through intense quality testing much like the testing done in initial phases to ensure product quality.
Tagging is the last step caesarstone tiles must go through before reaching the consumer. All slabs must be labeled, sorted, and tagged to ensure they are properly distributed and reach the customer in “perfect condition.”
Because caesarstone is manufactured in such a methodical method, its quality remains unmatched in the industry.
Because it is made from quartz, caesarstone is highly durable as it is resistant to cracks, scratches and stains making it highly sought after in the surfacing materials market.
Because it is a non-porous surfacing material, caesarstone requires little maintenance. It does not need to be sealed and all that is needed to keep lasting quality is normal cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Be sure the cleansing product is non-abrasive and you thoroughly rinse with water to avoid dulling the surface’s shine.
In addition to being highly durable and extremely low maintenance, caesarstone also just looks nice. By having it in your home, you’re able to add a decorative element without even trying, and because it comes in a wide array of color and design options, there is bound to be something to consistent with whatever your taste may be!
In addition to being highly durable, low maintenance, and pleasing aesthetically, caesarstone is also extremely versatile as it is able to be used in a number of different ways. Caesarstone is perfect for both residential and commercial uses and is best utilized “as countertops, vanities, wall cladding, floors and other interior surfaces,” according to its manufacturers.
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G.M.S. Werks has talented consultants on staff to help you bring about real-life transformations in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living areas, or anywhere else you’d like to have natural stone featured. For more information, contact us today.