For decades the natural stones used for worktops, floorings, walls and several other types of application have been part of the most beautiful artistic decoration worldwide but this rarity is not only a composite exclusivity. Technology in the stone industry has expanded considerably over the last 5 years and provided new products that revolutionise the market for surfaces by exceeding as much both in terms of quality as well as in terms of physical appeal, such an example is Dekton.
With so much variety available at the time of choosing a stone for your home, office or commercial establishment it is essential to understand the differences in properties which will enable you to find the most suitable product for your needs during any architectural or designer project. A thorough research is always recommended as it will be very useful for newbies.
Technology makes almost everything possible nowadays. This is what makes Dekton kitchen worktops a differentiated material as compared to Quartz and other traditional man-made stones.
The product is a concept taken from the original form of natural stone but accelerates the metamorphic procedure that normally takes a few hundred thousands of years when occurring with stones such as granite, marble, limestone or quartzite, to name a few.
The system natural cycle usually takes millennia to materialise; the properties of each stone go through natural mutations during years whilst it is altered and formed under extreme temperature and pressure on the earth’s crust.
Now, the industrial system is set up and presented by Cosentino who are the world leaders in decorative surfaces and include products such as Silestone and Sensa Granite in their portfolio.
The mineral make up of Dekton consists in a unique blend of the most refined properties of porcelain, glass, and quartz amongst other raw materials that remain a professional secret. As a result, the Dekton provides maximum endurance to scratches, zero-porosity, UV rays and stain resistance. It is an eternal material. It is available in a broad range colours, textures and finishes and incredibly natural looking materials such as Dekton Aura with its fantastic white background with elegant veins.
While the market boosts with a new invention like Dekton, quartz does not lag behind either. It remains the preferred product for refurbishments, new-builds and decoration and it is highly required for builders, interior designers, architects and home owners, for applications such as quartz kitchen worktops, flooring, corridors, staircase, fireplace surrounds, among many other uses.
Quartz initially exploded in popularity in the 90’s, after emerging as a strong trend in Europe that remains for decades. Since its inception, quartz formulas have constantly been updated and new colours, finishes and textures have been launched into the market by the different manufacturers which keep this product updated as to the latest trends and performance characteristics required for any residential and/or commercial project.
It is considered as the most abundant mineral on earth, and it became popular in jewellery, watches and appliances within the history which rate it to one of the most popular genres of semi-precious gemstones.
It is also the third strongest mineral on earth after Diamond and Ruby, surpassing that of many granite types when compared to natural stone.
It is a mineral made of silicon and oxygen, and consists of 90% to 96% quartz and 5% to 10% resins which provide stability, uniformity in colour and unique aesthetics to each of the quartz products available in the marketplace. It is an excellent natural combination that delivers poise in all internal projects. The high qualities of the product include a very low-maintenance regime, extreme strength, durability, a huge choice of tones and patterns, natural looks, bacteria-free, stain and corrosion resistance.
Both Quartz and Dekton are great choices for any kind and style of design as they deliver excellent flexibility regardless of the size of your project.
One of the main differences between these products lay in that Dekton can be used for both indoors and outdoors areas although quartz remains confined to interior applications due to the fact that it does discolour when exposed to UV rays over time.
Another aspect to take into consideration is the resistance to heat and cold of these products. Cosentino states that Dekton can take up much more heat than quartz, being able to take direct heat from pans and pots from the over directly on to the surfaces which is a no, no for quartz as it can be burnt by excessive heat leaving a ring mark on its surface.
You can order slabs in different thicknesses starting at 0.8mm all the way to 30mm and slab dimensions from 3050x1380mm all the way up to 3250x1590mm in different shades, patterns and colours. Their extraordinary qualities make them popular, thanks to the flawless resistance against weather, high temperature and impact.
Dekton possesses five times more than the flexural strength of known stones. It is also ideal for high traffic areas such as pool surrounds, driveways, walkways, shop fronts, hotels and restaurants etc. The consistency of both of these materials is extraordinary and unmatchable and will certainly make your design idea shine and look modern forever. It is the perfect acquisition to invest in a timeless material.
You can find Quartz and Dekton products available online at MKW Surfaces which offers a complete, trustworthy service with a high professional team at your disposal.