Cosentino, manufacturer of the popular quartz benchtop Silestone, has wowed the design world with it latest innovation, Dekton – a sophisticated mixture of raw materials used to make glass, porcelain tiles and quartz surfaces. Read on to learn more about this amazing material.
What is Dekton & where can it be used?
Dekton is a unique product that can be used for anything from indoor/outdoor kitchen worktops, bathroom vanities, interior/exterior cladding, flooring, etc. It is created using a mixture of the raw materials used in glassmaking, porcelain tiles and quartz surfaces, making it as close to indestructible as a benchtop can get!
What are the benefits of Dekton?
The key advantage of Dekton is it’s extraordinary durability and temperature resistance. The surface is highly UV resistant, scratch resistant, stain resistant (with almost 0% porosity), and has a maximum resistance to fire and heat (meaning that yes, you can place those blazing hot pots directly onto the surface without it marking, warping or burning).
On that note, Dekton can also be used directly behind a gas cooktop; the material does meet Australian Standards in terms of clearances between gas cooktop flames and combustible surfaces, as mentioned on the company’s website.
These traits allow Dekton to be used just about anywhere, in whatever temperature; even as a benchtop for an outdoor bbq!
Aside from Dekton’s already impressive qualities, the product has been rigorously tested, as seen in the short clip below.
A product such as this is a fantastic investment; as you can see, it is most definitely one of the most durable and hard wearing surfaces available on the market today!
What are the drawbacks of Dekton?
Although Dekton is an amazing product, nothing in this world is bulletproof! There have been cases of chips occurring on the finished edges of the product, such as on benchtop ends and also on the edges around an undermount sink. As these edges are exposed to knocks, they are more susceptible to chipping. This can be helped by using the thicker 20mm slab rather than the super thin 8 and 12mm slabs (these would be much better suited to vertical applications such as wall paneling).
Aside from issues regarding chipping when using the thinner slabs, there is also the expense of both the material and the added labour it attracts to keep in mind. Due to the hardness of the product, it does require more time, as well as specialised equipment to work with. Given the fact that the material itself is already on the highest end of the pricing scale, this is certainly something to keep in mind when making your materials selections.
What slab sizes and thicknesses are available in Dekton?
Dekton slabs are available in 1440 x 3200mm sizes with 3 thicknesses to choose from: 8, 12 and 20mm. For vertical applications (eg: bathroom walls, wall cladding), we would recommend the thinner 8 and 12mm slabs. For horizontal (eg: benchtop) applications, we would recommend the 20mm thickness.
How does Dekton compare in terms of pricing?
As you can expect, a product such as Dekton does not come cheap! The overall hardness of this material means it is much more difficult to work with than your more traditional materials (including engineered stone), adding to the cost of labour. The material itself is also high up there in costs however, we do feel that a product such as Dekton is an investment!
For further information on Dekton, click here to visit their website.