Dekton Worktops – the best valued stone surface product of this generation
Polish Granite LTD has been cooperating with Dekton for over 6 years now. During that time, we have worked with their material on numerous occasions, supplying it in more than 400 properties across the UK; creating worktops, flooring, cladding and all kinds of interesting projects.
Because it is a fairly new material (on the grand scale of stone surfaces), and certainly less prestigious compared to quartz or granite, customers tend to be sceptical when it comes to the choice of Dekton. Often so they prefer to select the more trusted stones that have lived on the market for many years, like quartz or granite. However, as professional experts in the field of stone worktops, we can vouch for Dekton worktops with all confidence, and would like to spread good word and awareness of this products.
Polish Granite LTD highly recommends Dekton to all our customers. It is sturdy, long-lasting, comes in vast colours and thicknesses. The attributes are many! To briefly summarise what Dekton is about, we have compiled a number of questions below that our customers usually enquire about. It is a guide to this product’s positives, features, benefits and general info. Hopefully, the answers will provide you, the consumer, a good understanding of the material and persuade you to elect this magnificently sintered stone for your kitchen worktops, bathroom cladding or perhaps even flooring.
What is Dekton?
Dekton is a recent kitchen-surface invention that has revolutionised the current worktop market. Being a composite-mesh of vast raw materials, it is a surface akin to modern ceramic or quartz worktops. Just as durable, resistant to scratches and stains, it is in essence a prime-quality product that with no surprise has been increasingly growing in popularity. Dekton themselves dub their product an ultracompact sintered stone surface that lasts a lifteime – so long as the material is taken care of and maintained. This means that not only Dekton worktops are attributed with high resilience, like quartz & ceramic, but also contain the longevity of natural granite and marble. In texture, however, it mostly resembles the ceramic surfaces e.g. the likes of Neolith or Lapitec, so the slated feel is its original state of being. Although, the best asset of this product is that it can be easily polished up to resemble the shiny surface of granite or quartz we are all familiar with.
What thicknesses are Dekton worktops supplied in?
Dekton worktops, just like other common ceramic products can be purchased in either 8mm, 12mm, 20mm or 30mm thickness. We have an especially good relationship with Cosentino, the main suppliers of Dekton, who are in fact located only a couple of miles away from our workshop, where all slabs are delivered. As such we can freely reserve & order any slab, of any thickness, and be sure that it always arrives in our workshop on time, and in pristine condition.
Is Dekton basically a ceramic surface?
It could be said that ceramic worktops, the likes of Neolith of Lapitec are close cousins to Dekton. Their properties and methods of production are very much alike, although they differ nonetheless, which causes the material differentiation. However, in many cases only an expert will be able to distinguish the difference between all three materials. This is why many customers refer to Dekton as a ceramic product and we do not tend to correct them, because after all, they are partially correct to use that label.
What colours are Dekton worktops supplied in?
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Cosentio’s palette list is the widest and most prominent. Anything from shades of white to grey, black red, green and blue are available. This also includes vast mixtures and intricate patterns: Dekton has recently joined the trend of releasing vast marble-lookalike materials i.e. plain colours with veins.
As was mentioned above, because Cosentino are our primary suppliers of the material, whatever item you observe on their website will likely be in stock, and we will assure an easy delivery of the material to our workshop.
Furthermore, if there is any colour out there that has caught your eye, we welcome you to our showroom. We have plenty small samples of Dekton materials that you will be able to behold and touch in real life. Alternatively, if you would like to explore some of the big-sized slabs that could fully reflect the nature of a colour/material, we welcome you to let us know and we will book you an appointment at Cosentino for a thorough viewing.
The applications for Dekton. I.e. will it fit in any circumstances and surroundings?
Dekton slabs can be supplied in large or small quantities, therefore they can be utilised for development of miniscule or enormous-scale projects alike. Some of our customers have used 1 slab only to complete a set of kitchen worktops, others have ordered 3 slabs of the same kind to layer their bathroom flooring around the house. The point is, because of the many attributes of Dekton, the material can be used anywhere. It is strong and long-lasting, therefore everything from standard Dekton worktops, to external patio cladding will suffice.
With Dekton there is no limitations, and whatever surface you wished to layer with stone, Dekton is fit just for that. This cannot unfortunately be said for some granite types, which can be quite brittle in nature, and their flooring application is not advised. The same goes for almost all marble products, which can be easily scratched or chipped, so surroundings with constant mechanical impact are not fit for marble layering.
How exactly do Dekton worktops differ from ceramic, or quartz?
Dekton, just like ceramic or quartz worktops is a man-made product. It is a composition of vast particles that are heated, (or rather sintered) to produce the stone-textured material, that is later polished and cut to size. Sinterisation is a special particle production process employed by Dekton. It is essentially the metamorphic change that natural stone (e.g. granite) goes through, although it is intensely accelerated and manipulated by the company thanks to the modern technological advances.
In essence, a lot of heat and pressure is applied to create a solid, compact mass, ensuring that the product is neither melted or liquefied. When carried out correctly, the atoms in the sintered stone are diffused, in consequence causing the particles to fuse together and generate a unified solid piece of material. During this process intricate patterns can be created, and because Dekton uses a high-tech, organised method of sintering, they have a full control over the variables, and as a result, are able to generate any design that is later transformed into magnificent Dekton worktops.
Quartz and ceramic surface companies also use similar methods to produce their man-made stone, however, when looked at more closely, the techniques vary significantly, mostly in the way pressure & heat are applied, hence why the materials differ in properties and texture.
Who supplies Dekton to Polish Granite’s workshop?
Cosentino are Polish Granite’s chief suppliers of all Dekton worktops products. They are located in Manchester, just like us, therefore our cooperation has been exceptional for many years now. When we order their product, we can have it arrive in our workshop the same or next day. This means that we can serve the customers who choose Cosentino products even faster!
Cosentino have a very long history on the British market. They have been around for many years now and managed to gain themselves an incredibly positive reputation.
Why does Dekton stand out above all other materials?
There are threefold reasons why Dekton is strictly unique. Firstly, it is completely non-porous due to the sinterization process that Dekton have mastered. Like we mentioned above, during this high-tech procedure they are able to manipulate vast variables and eliminate those which are inferior or negatively impact the product. In effect, they create a condition that is perfect for generation of well-nigh perfect stone surfaces.
Secondly, their sinterization is so well-done, that all Dekton worktops are produced with zero micro-defects (micro-cracks, chipping, stress etc.). This is an issue that often haunts quartz-making firms. After all, any defects can cause weak spots that damage the material either during production or years after it is settled on cabinets.
Thirdly, the wide set of hues that Dekton offers is truly special. Some of the Dekton worktops have patterns, shades or meshing that we have never observed before. They immerse the viewer, and each single day grant the owner of the worktops a hint of some new enticing detail.
Do Dekton products retain the colour intensity?
Of course. Dekton is a sturdy material that does not loose its original colour, as is unfortunately the case with some quartz or granite products. You can keep using it for two years, 5 years, 10 or even 20 – so long as they are regularly cleaned and maintained, they will keep their original qualities. This is even the case for darker shades, which can resist exposure to constant sunrays and still be as dark as the day you received them. Likewise, the same applies to lighter colours which can be frequently exposed to dirt, wine, coffee and coke spillages. Because Dekton worktops have zero porosity, you do not need to worry about the lighter colours absorbing the intense or acidic dark liquids. In short: No fading. No decolouring. No staining.
A little anecdote: Lately one of our customers visited out showroom to order some Dekton worktops for his daughter. We have fitted his Dekton worktops roughly 6 years ago, and when he recently arrived in our premise, he showed us pictures of his worktops. We were not surprised to find out they looked almost brand new! In spire of constantly being in use over 6 years. He was so satisfied with their longevity, and their great-quality preserving abilities, that he decided to order Dekton for his daughter’s new kitchen.
I have children at home. They drop things all the time. Will Dekton last?
It depends entirely on the thickness of the worktops. Dekton is resilient to heavy blow impacts, but it is not indestructible. Furthermore, as with all ceramic-stone types, the thinner the material the more likely it will break or crack when stood upon. The 8mm thickness is very stylish and perfectly fits new homes. It is pristine, sleek and unique, but it comes with a few drawbacks. Those who opt for this thinner material will have to be more careful and vigilant, especially when children are around. Dropping a spoon or a glass will not harm the product, but a mug or jar might.
All in all, we would strongly recommend the thicker 20mm / 30mm worktops if your children tend to stand or rest on the kitchen surfaces, or have an unfortunate tendency to frequently drop items. It is not certain that 8mm solutions will give in, but to be on the safe side Polish Granite would suggest the thicker, more durable options.
Are Dekton worktops worth the price they sell for? Laminates or even quartzes are cheaper.
Dekton may indeed seem pricey, however this is a great example of ‘you get what you pay for’. The designs that Dekton offers, the vast unique attributes such as the non-porosity, lack of fading or micro-defects makes them a perfect material for stone worktops. Wood, laminate, plastic or metal worktops may be far cheaper, though at the same time in 3-4 years time you will have to exchange them, either due to damage, discolouration or simple abrasion. Therefore Dekton, and all other stone worktops may be expensive, but you must deem this purchase as a purchase for life, and a purchase that will never lose its original quality. The same could be said for the unique design. You will never find a laminate or wood and especially not metal that gives off vibrant colouring and eye-catching patterns that generate the wow-effect.
When it comes to quartzes, they have similar attributes as Dekton, yet once again, the designs differ completely. Dekton offers something new, something you have never seen before, something that cannot always be achieved with quartz. As a result, when you pay for Dekton worktops, you are paying for true, one-of-a-kind uniqueness. A state-of-art design that cannot be replicated on any other material.