CaesarStone makes a fantastic engineered quartz countertop that can be used in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial applications. The wide color variety is what draws me to the product; they have options that range from traditional to contemporary. Many of the color options have a natural and unique look to them, without pretending to imitate another material. CaesarStone also offers a plethora of edge details. The cost ranges from about $70-$120 per square foot; the edge detail definitely has a significant impact on the cost.
CaesarStone quartz surfaces, available in a variety of colors with many edge options. Manufactured by CaesarStone USA.
Since it is engineered, there are many qualities that are ‘designed into’ the product. It is stain, scratch and heat-resistant and also has a more consistent color than natural stone countertops. It can also be ordered in large slabs, so you can avoid unsightly seams. CaesarStone requires no maintenance since it does not need to be sealed or resealed, and comes with a 10 year warranty, ensuring peace of mind for your clients.
From an environmental perspective, CaesarStone is equally attractive. The company is ISO 14001 certified for Environmental Management Systems – a certification that verifies the prevention of environmental pollution and waste reduction in the manufacturing processes and facilities. This means far less raw material is wasted, especially compared to granite, for example. Though the quartz is mined in Italy, CaesarStone is manufactured in over 200 locations throughout the US.
The end product is inert, non-toxic, and qualifies as a low-VOC material under LEED credit 4.1. One thing to be aware of is the potentially hazardous dust that is created when the product is cut. However, this can be avoided by cutting the material in a properly ventilated shop wearing proper personal protection. All in all, I specify it for its durability, aesthetic versatility, and consistency.