Dekton is one of the many new manufactured stone lines that Italian Marble & Granite is proud to carry. Dekton is made by the same company that makes Silestone, Cosentino. Dekton requires special certifications to work with the materials. Italian Marble & Granite has been trained and certified to work with Dekton.
Dekton is made up of a complicated blend of glass, porcelain, and raw materials. These materials go though a high tech process that mimics the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes over thousands of years. The result is a durable product that can be used in a multitude of applications.
There are a number of advantages to using Dekton:
- UV resistant – this makes Dekton ideal for indoor and outdoor use
- Scratch resistant
- Resistant to stains, including household chemicals such as bleach and drain cleaner
- Resistant to heat and fire – Dekton can be used for outdoor fireplaces and hot pans can be placed directly on the surface
- Resistant to ice and thawing – perfect for our cold Western New York winters
- Comes in multiple sizes, even tiles
There are some disadvantages to working with Dekton. The material can be harder to work with for the fabricator. It also can be difficult to repair. The material itself most often come in 2 cm thickness. For a thicker look, the material would need to be built up, adding additional cost in both labor and materials. Cosentino has just started producing slabs of Dekton that are 3 cm thick, but there is a very limited selection available at this time. Dekton slabs are also not “full bodied.” What that mean is that the design on the slab is only on the surface. For example, a slab with veining on it that replicates the look of marble will only have that veining on the surface. The sides of the slab will just appear white.
Though there are a few drawbacks to working with Dekton, we think that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. We have enjoyed working with this material so far, and are looking forward to many more projects that feature Dekton.