Dekton Kitchen Worktops: One of the best valued stone surface products 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 kitchen 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 more trusted stones that have prospered 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 these easily accessible goods.
Polish Granite LTD highly recommends Dekton worktops to all our customers. It is innovative, 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 recently-developed modern 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, highly resistant to scratches and stains, it is in essence a prime-quality invention that has been increasingly growing in popularity, and to no surprise! Dekton themselves dub their product an ultra compact sintered stone surface that lasts a lifteime – so long as they are taken care of and maintained.This means that Dekton inventions are not only attributed with high resilience, like quartz & ceramic, but also contain longevity of natural granite and marble.
- In texture, however, it mostly resembles the ceramic surfaces e.g. the likes of Neolith or Lapitec, so slated feel is its original state of being. Although, the best asset of this Dekton is that it can be easily polished up to resemble shiny solid surface of granite or quartz we are all familiar with.
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 chief differentiation.
- However, in many cases only an expert will be able to distinguish the difference between all three. Either way, when cooked, both Lapitec and Dekton resemble traditional ceramics in texture. This is why many customers refer to Dekton as ceramic. But of course, a proper label would be sintered stone, after all Lapitec and Dekton are closer to quartz worktops or in terms of structure, composition an sturdiness, it is only the coarse texture which likens them to ceramics.
Why Dekton worktops stand out above all other solid surfaces?
There are threefold reasons why Dekton is strictly unique.
- Firstly, it is completely non-porous due to 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 process. In effect, they create a condition that is perfect for generation of well-nigh perfect stone surfaces.
- Secondly, their sinterization is so perfected, that all Dekton worktop slabs 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 surface either during production or years after it is settled on cabinet units. Worktops from this product have been labelled as ultra strong, heat & scratch resistant, UV resistant and highly stain resistant, with strength to last a lifetime. And above all, they are hygenic, resistant products that require little to no maintenance. You do not need sealer, as is the case with granite, if oil, wine, coffee or any other liquids spill, simply use cloth and water to completely remove the stain!
- Thirdly, the wide set of hues that Dekton offers is truly special. Some Dekton styles have patterns, shades or meshing that we have never observed before. They immerse the viewer, and each single day grants the owner of the worktops a hint of some new enticing detail.
For further information on Dekton, feel free to consult the FAQ below or contact us directly!
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Further, if you would also like to gain invaluable advice regarding product (e.g. warranty or full resistance list) or Silestone Dekton colours, feel free to view and explore Cosentino Dekon Menu Page.
What thicknesses are Dekton worktops supplied in?
- Dekton, just as other common ceramic products can be purchased in either 8mm, 12mm, 20mm or 30mm thickness.
- We have an especially good relationship with Silestone 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 depth, and be sure that it always arrives in our workshop on time, and in pristine condition.
What colours are Dekton worktops supplied in?
Cosentino’s palette of colours dekton is the widest and most prominent. Anything from shades of white to grey, black red, green, brown, cream and blue are available. This also includes vast mixtures and intricate colour patterns. For example, Dekton has recently joined the trend of releasing vast marble-lookalikes i.e. plain hues with veins. Or near-perfect colour imitations of wood (e.g. Ananke) or concrete (e.g. Soke).
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 on offer. We take care of the delivery to our workshop, conduct manufacturing and supply you with bespoke countertops. On their website, Dekton have a variety of sub-sections where you can elect the hue which appeals to you the most. They have a Natural Collection filled with abundance of styles: Opera, Kovik, Kelya or Fossil. There is also a Natural XGloss collection brimming with lustrous, porcelain designs e.g. Fiord or Glacier. Another one is the Industrial Range, overflowing with intricate motifs e.g. Orix, Trilium or Nilium. The choice is rich and plenty!
Feel free to click the link above and search through the full colour range of Dekton slabs.
Furthermore, if there is any colour out there that has caught your eye, we welcome you to our showroom store. We have plenty small samples of Dekton worktop colours that you will be able to behold, touch and choose in real life. Alternatively, if you would like to search through some of the big-sized slabs that could fully reflect the nature of your desired colour, we welcome you to let us know by phone / email contact. Upon request, we will book you an appointment at Cosentino / Silestone Dekton 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 unit or flooring around the house. The point is, because of many attributes of Dekton, the material can be used anywhere. It is strong and long-lasting, therefore everything from standard Dekton surface, to external patio cladding will suffice.
With Dekton, there is no limitations, and whatever surface you wished to layer, 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 marbles, which can be easily scratched or chipped due to a softer composition. As part of our extensive services, Polish Granite is willing to tackle any Dekton worktops related project.
How Dekton kitchen worktops differ from ceramic, porcelain or quartz counterparts?
- Dekton, just as ceramic or quartz worktops is a man-made product. It is a composition of vast particles that are heated, (or rather sintered) to produce stone-textured material, that is later smoothed to gloss and cut to size. Sinterisation is a special particle production process employed strictly by Dekton. It is essentially the metamorphic change that natural stone goes through, although it is intensely accelerated and manipulated by the Company thanks to modern technological advances.
- In essence, a lot of high temperatures and pressure is applied to create a compact mass, ensuring that the substance is neither melted or liquefied. When carried out correctly, the atoms in the sintered stone start to diffuse, in consequence causing 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. As a result, they are able to generate any desired slab design, embellished with utmost resistance, allowing it to be later transformed into magnificent worktops.
- Quartz and ceramic slab companies (e.g. Compac Spain, Cimstone or Unistone) 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, water & heat are applied, hence why Dekton-materials differ in properties and texture.
- What needs to be clarified, is that despite being closely related in texture to classic porcelain and ceramic, Dekton is actually a very sturdy creation. It does not possess the brittle and fragile nature of standard ceramic/porcelain items. This is a common misconception, and primary reason why sintered stones are labelled as porcelain/ceramic is because of texture and low weight. In composition and sturdiness, they very much resemble quartz.
Who supplies Dekton to Polish Granite’s workshop?
Silesotne Cosentino are the chief suppiers of Dekton. They have been around for decades on the British market, and managed to build themselves an incredibly positive reputation. When you choose your colour, we place an order on a specific Silestone Dekton slab, and can be guaranteed it will arrive at our workshop within a one or two days max. After that, Polish Granite carries on with regular services.
Where can Dekton solid surfaces be applied?
The applications of Dekton, and other sintered stone products are vast.
- The most popular solution is probably worktops for kitchens, althugh we have emebellished may other household and commercial elements with Dekton colours. Anything from facades or floor to bathrooms e.g. layering/covering sinks or bathtubs. Another popular alternative is installation of Dekton sheets onto kitchen unit cabinets, primarily because the mass of sheets can be very thin (6-12mm) and above all, ultra light.
- Outdoor spaces are also applicable, and greatly recommended. The Polish Granite company has so far completed over twenty patio outdoor solutions, and even more minute external projects e.g. cladding of redbrick walls. This solution is fantastic for outdoor projects because Dekton manifests high resistance to vast heat / cold temperatures or weathering conditions. And most of all, the installation process outdoors can be very swift. Besides, no matter whether it is -15 degrees, or +40, whether it hails or rains, Dekton will not be subject to damage, nor will it require any additional maintenance. Its impeccable quality will be retained.
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Does a Silestone Dekton worktop retain its 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 are resist exposure of constant sunrays and still be as dark as the day you received them.
- Likewise, the same applies to lighter dekton hues which can be frequently exposed to dirt, wine, coffee and coke spillages. Because Dekton kitchen worktops have zero porosity, you do not need to worry about lighter colours absorbing the intense or acidic dark liquids. In short: No fading. No decolouring. No staining.
- Lately one of our customers visited our showroom store to order some Dekton for his daughter. We have fitted his kitchen worktops roughly 6 years ago in London, and when he recently arrived in our premise, he showed us pictures of his London worktops. We were not surprised to find out they looked almost brand new! Despite constant use over the last 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 and bathroom based in south east of England.
I have children at home. They drop things all the time. Will Dekton worktops last?
- It depends entirely on thickness of the worktops. Dekton surface is resilient to heavy blow impacts, but it is not indestructible. Furthermore, as with all ceramic-stone types, the thinner material, the more likely it will break or crack when subjected to severe impacts. The 8mm depth 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 thinner varieties will have to be more careful and vigilant, especially when children are around. Dropping a spoon or a glass will not harm the counter, but a water-filled pan or jar might. So, the thinner you choose, the more care will be inevitably required.
- All in all, we would strongly recommend to have thicker 20mm / 30mm worktops installed, if your children tend to stand or rest on dekton kitchen surfaces or a given unit; especially if they have an unfortunate tendency to clumsiness. It is not certain that 8mm solutions will give in, but to be on the safe side Polish Granite would suggest thicker, more durable options packed with general resistance.
- Although you should also bear in mind that when Dekton worktops are chipped or cracked, in most cases it can be repaired with a bit of epoxy glue and appropriate dyes.
Is Dekton worth the price they sell for? Laminates or even quartzes are cheaper.
- Dekton may indeed seem pricey, however this is an ideal example of ‘you get what you pay for’. The designs that Dekton offers, vast unique attributes such as non-porosity, lack of fading or micro-defects makes them perfect for worktops.
- Wood, laminate, Corian, Cambria, plastic, glass or metal worktops might be far cheaper, though at the same time in 3-4 years time you may notice an odd blemish, chipping or deformities, inclining you to exchange them. General wear, damage, discolouration or simple abrasion are very common in inferior non-stone-materials. Therefore Dekton, and all other stone worktops may seem expensive, but you must deem this purchase as lifetime one-off buy; 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. Likewise, the vast plethora of finish styles is available only at Dekton.
- When it comes to quartzes, e.g. those offered by Caesarstone, they have similar attributes as Dekton, yet once again, the design and production process differ entirely. Dekton worktops offer something new, something you have never seen before, something that cannot always be achieved with quartz. As a result, when you pay for Silestone Dekton, you are paying for true, one-of-a-kind uniqueness. A state-of-art design that cannot be replicated by other surfaces of this sophisticated degree; it’s the finest form of kitchen and bathroom decoration.