In 2014 at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Cosentino (makers of Silestone) released their new material, Dekton, and the folks went crazy for this incredible material. Since then, we’ve all been working to become a Dekton Authorized Installer. At Architectural Stone Works, we’ve always prided ourselves on bringing our clients the best materials for the most beautiful projects. We’ve always used the best in natural and engineered stone, including granite, marble, and stone, so we’re very excited to work with this new material. Everyone else has been been calling Dekton revolutionary, and we have to agree. Here’s why we love this new material:
Dekton is a surface material made of a combination of quartz, porcelain, and glass. This replicates what natural stone goes through (think lots of heat and pressure), just a little bit faster. The folks at Cosentino developed this process, and named it Particle Sintering Technology. The raw materials are mixed then sintered (essentially fused together without melting anything, sort of how a snowball is made from loose snow) and pressed. Then the material is baked at at ridiculously high temperature. Voila, you’ve replicated metamorphism without having to wait thousands of years.
Okay, sounds good, but what makes Dekton so great?
Dekton is an incredibly strong material. Here’s a brief list of some what it’s resistant against:
- UV rays – It won’t change colors when it’s outside.
- Impacts – Great for high-traffic areas. We don’t recommend throwing anything on it from a great height, but it can also withstand some wear and tear.
- Scratches – Slip of knife against your stone? No worries!
- Stains – A super low porosity makes Dekton totally stain proof, even against the most infuriating stains.
- Heat – Don’t have a trivet handy? Don’t worry about damaging your counters by putting a hot pot directly on it. (Likewise, it’s also resistant to ice and thawing.)
So, Dekton is a good choice for my outdoor kitchen?
Dekton is great for all kinds of projects. Its resistance to UV rays and extreme temperatures obviously makes it a good candidate for outdoor kitchens, but you’ll see it everywhere inside and out. Architects and designers have used it for store facades, siding, bathrooms, pool surrounds, even flooring. It’s been used in homes and commercial projects alike. It’s quite literally a go anywhere material.
What does it mean to be a Dekton Authorized Installer?
Dekton also comes with a 25-year warranty when installed by a Dekton Authorized Installer, particularly in those cases of cracking, staining, or fading. If you’re looking forward to using Dekton in your next project, be sure that you buy it from a business that’s authorized to sell and install it.
Let me know if you have any questions about this revolutionary material!