Dekton: the ‘bullet proof’ surface revolutionizing design.
Dekton — the new-age product made to stand the test of time.
Exploding on to the scene in 2013, this modern, highly durable material has been gaining notoriety (and a hoard of fans) ever since. Combining impressive specs with the hottest design trends, Dekton looks like the perfect choice for builders, architects, designers and homeowners.
Dekton combines the qualities expected by the chef in all of us. It is a clean surface that is nice to touch and resistant to all the daily grind that takes place in a kitchen over years of use.
So straight up, what makes Dekton so great?
- It’s stain resistant
- Highly scratch resistant
- Has colour stability
- Is highly UV resistant
- Resistant to freezing and thawing
- Virtually zero water absorption
- And more.
With a list that good, you’re probably thinking — why haven’t I heard more about Dekton? Well, these new-generation materials are emerging technologies. And with so many people believing quartz is the only way to go, materials like Dekton often get forgotten.
And, let’s be real, as great as Dekton is — it isn’t perfect.
What are some of Dekton’s downfalls?
- It’s hard to fabricate, meaning manufacturing issues can easily arise.
- In line with the above, more fabrication time means more money. Dekton can get pretty pricey.
- Dekton doesn’t have a very large colour range in comparison to a lot of other suppliers — check out their colour range here.
- Consumer Reports found that although Dekton did mostly live up to its name, while testing the surface cracks and chips did sometimes occur.
In response to this, Dekton stated:
‘“We were disappointed to learn that Dekton cracked in specific tests that simulated dropping a weighted object onto the surface from height. Unfortunately we are unable to validate the results, as testing conditions didn’t comply with our own installation guidelines. Cosentino stands behind Dekton and the advantages that come with its ultra-compact composition, offering high levels of performance to withstand normal levels of wear and tear.”
What is Dekton made of?
Dekton isn’t made using the same products and processes as other man-made stone products.
Dekton is a sinterized product — which essentially means a combination of quartz, porcelain, and glass have been intensely heated and compacted— making it super strong.
Cosentino, Dekton’s parent company, say it’s a ‘hybrid of the best materials in the market for surfacing.’
Dekton has made its mark on the industry, and the team that make it (Cosentino) aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Old school and new school — Quartz v Dekton
Should you stray from the norm? Or stick to what’s been at the forefront of the industry for decades?
- Quartz products market themselves as stain resistant — whereas Dekton claims to be stain proof
- Quartz can crack under intense heat, whereas Dekton shouldn’t
- Quartz will become discoloured if exposed to the elements, making it not particularly suitable for outdoor applications. Dekton, on the other hand, is UV stable — and shouldn’t fade in the sun
- Quartz products are not prone to chipping, where Dekton has sometimes been found to chip on weak or exposed corners/edges
- Both products don’t need to be sealed — a great bonus
The final decision comes down to you. Would you go for something new age and pick Dekton for your next project? Let us know in the comments below!