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Dekton

If you’re looking for worktop materials, you’ve probably encountered granite and quartz. What you might not be aware of is that there is now a whole new product that can unite the benefits of those two materials.

That product is Dekton.

Dekton is made using the same raw materials that make up glass, porcelain, and quartz surfaces. Creating a sophisticated blend of those materials through a state of the art process, Dekton creates something in hours that would have taken mother nature millennia, but it’s also quite distinct from other manmade products.

Those traditional manmade materials tend to use 7% resin to hold themselves together, but Dekton has innovated beyond that method to ensure that it cannot be damaged by the common household chemicals, such as bleach, drain cleaners, and oven degreasers, that are the perennial antagonists of other stone slabs.

What you’re left with is a highly resilient stone that is available in 15 different colours, three thicknesses, and three finishes across three different collections: Solid Collection, Natural Collection and Tech Collection. You can have Dekton almost any way you want it.

Further advantages that come with Dekton include:

  • UV Resistance: When quartz is struck by UV light it tends to discolour, which can leave oddly-coloured patches across the surface. This is not a problem with Dekton, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Incredibly Scratch-Resistant: With Dekton, you never need to worry about slipping with a knife and causing a deep gouge in the surface of your worktop. In fact, Dekton boasts the most scratch resistant surface on the market.
  • Stain Proof: Some stones, such as marble, are very easy to stain, others, such as granite, are relatively stain-resistant. Dekton accepts nothing less than a completely stain-proof surface. Even the darkest of red wines and coffees can be easily wiped away without any worries of leaving a mark.
  • Highly Resistant to Fire and Heat: When you subject Dekton to extreme temperatures, it can stand up to the heat without taking burns, scorches, or cracks. When you’re carrying a hot pan, just place it right down on your counter without a care.
  • Highly Resistant to Abrasion: Granite used to be unrivalled when it came to resisting abrasion, but Dekton has toppled it from the top spot. Other surfaces might develop wear over time, but even Dekton placed in high traffic areas will last for years without ever requiring resurfacing or refinishing.

The Advantages of DEKTON

Glass, porcelain, and quartz surfaces aren’t usually thought of as cutting-edge materials; with Dekton, they are. For the raw materials of those surfaces to be created, we used to need precise conditions, the right materials, and time – thousands of years of time. Employing Dekton technology, we can accomplish in hours what the natural world would realise over millennia.

That process is sintering; the compacting of atoms from different materials by heat and pressure to form one solid piece. Dekton imitates this process using proprietary technology in a state of the art facility that demanded a $172m investment. The raw materials used in the glass, porcelain tiles, and quartz surfaces are created here, and it’s a bold leap forward in terms of more than time. This is a more sophisticated material than couldn’t have been imagined just a few decades ago.

Dekton engineering doesn’t just offer an accelerated version of metamorphic change, it also allows for numerous further advantages. The creation process results in zero porosity and a complete lack of micro-defects. There are no weak spots when you use Dekton. In fact, the material is even more resistant to abrasion than granite, and it will never need to be re-surfaced or re-finished. The slip of a knife won’t cause scratches, and the repeated traffic experienced by well-used sections of flooring won’t make an impact over time.

Even UV rays cannot damage it; you’ll experience zero fading or degradation over time, whether the material is kept inside or out. Staining from even wine, coffee, and rust cannot find a foothold, high temperatures will fail to burn, scorch, or crack, and Dekton’s low coefficient of thermal expansion means that it can’t be shocked by extreme cold.

Beyond the longevity, durability, and versatility that Dekton boasts, it offers a variety of design benefits. Your choices will be unlimited when you come to choose your colour palette. Since it enjoys over 5 times the flexural strength of granite, Dekton can be installed in thinner material over larger spans; you’ll be able to achieve a 12-inch supported overhang on countertops, bar tops, and islands.

Dekton looks like traditional surfaces, but it represents a radical evolution in the way they are made, the way that they function, and the things you can expect from them. With a diverse range of applications and a growing awareness of its advantages, Dekton is becoming increasingly acknowledged as a vital next step forward.

Applications of DEKTON

Dekton is one of the newest construction materials available, but its advantages have already seen it employed across a wide and diverse range of purposes. Exactly replicating the appearance of glass, porcelain, and quartz while enhancing the properties of each, this is a material that boasts the strength, versatility, and longevity demanded across all design and construction jobs. Here are just a few of its applications.

Worktops

Kitchen countertops are incredibly well-suited to Dekton, and this is expected to be one of the most popular areas of initial use. The added workability of Dekton over traditional materials means that one piece can be installed without any cuts or joins, ultimately creating a completely uniform surface.

Beyond styling, Dekton is able to handle everything you could throw at a kitchen worktop. Highly resistant to stains, scratches, heat, and freezing, it can last a lifetime without ever even needing to be treated.

Facades

The façade of a building is more than a way to protect the exterior – the choice made also represents a visual statement about the building itself. Dekton can be used to emulate other premium materials, and it will continue to look impressive over time.

With the ability to resist the effects of anything from UV rays to graffiti, it can handle the rigors of outside use like few other materials. It also boasts outstanding flexural strength and can be used in thinner slabs than traditional options.

Flooring

Dekton’s ability to resist any damage caused by fluctuations in temperature make it an ideal material for either exterior or interior flooring.

Additionally, while glass, porcelain, and quartz surfaces are tough to use for stairs, Dekton fits the bill. The same structural versatility that makes it ideal for facades and countertops also proves vital here, and the high resistance to abrasion means that high-traffic areas won’t see it become worn down as time goes by.

Cladding

Dekton can be clad across both indoor and outdoor walls. Given that there are no limits as to the shape and design of the end product, the material can provide cladding in a number of formats, whether you need one large piece or several different ones to combine together.

Its excellent dimensional stability reduces the need for joints and the resilience to damage and staining that comes as a result of its minimal porosity means that you will have few problems when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.