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Dekton Worktops for Kitchens
Dekton is one of the most exciting new materials to come onto the kitchen worktop market in recent years. It is remarkably strong and hard-wearing, and comes in a wide range of beautifully appealing colours and finishes.
Dekton also has unique options for creating a stunning-looking kitchen including a range of thicknesses from as little as 4mm, and sizes of up to 3200mm by 1440mm. It’s little wonder that Dekton is a top choice for home owners and kitchen designers aiming for spellbinding looks.
What is Dekton?
Dekton is a composite of quartz, porcelain and glass created through a high-tech heat and pressure production process. The result is a dense, ultra-compressed material which is formed into large slabs for kitchen worktops and other uses including floors and external cladding.
The density of Dekton means that it is virtually non-porous so it’s almost impossible to stain, and it is also the most scratch-resistant of fall kitchen countertop materials. Over and above its exceptional looks and toughness, it will survive in perfect condition whatever is spilled on it, and whatever knocks it receives.
Dekton is also UV resistant, so it won’t fade over time if it is in bright sunlight, and it can withstand high and low temperatures. As a result, it is also a material you can use outdoors for gorgeous patio tables or outdoor kitchens.
Is Dekton easy to work with?
The only issue for homeowners and designers who choose Dekton countertops is that it needs to be supplied and fitted by manufacturer-approved experts. It is so rigid that any unevenness on the supporting frame means it is at risk of cracking. It also needs careful handling and a serious amount of expertise for finishing edges, cutting, drilling, fixing and joining. It’s not work for general kitchen fitters, and chasing down the lowest costs on Dekton projects comes with real risks. Even some of the country’s largest kitchen contractors have held back from working with Dekton.
County Stone are proud to be approved Dekton fabricators and installers. We have developed the right techniques to deliver stunning results with this outstanding material, and we are always happy to discuss Dekton projects with clients.
The Dekton manufacturers’ 25-year warranty applies, but only to worktops fitted by an approved Dekton fitter such as County Stone.
Why are Dekton countertops loved by designers?
The Dekton range comes in over 40 hues and colours from fresh, light whites to dramatic, multiple mid-tones, and dark greys, greens and black. Choices include natural granite and marble looks, to solid colours, industrial effects, high gloss and more muted finishes. Wherever you are aiming for the last word in ultra-modern kitchen design or a reassuringly classic feel, or anything in between, Dekton has the right material to match your imagination and creativity.
Another key feature in kitchen style is the thickness of the worktops, including any island worktop. Dekton comes in depths of 4mm, 8mm, 12mm, 20mm and 30mm (most worktops are either 20mm or 30mm). So the choices range from thin and sleek to chunky and solid, with plenty of options in between.
Thinner slabs make Dekton an excellent choice for kitchen walls and chimney breasts. Clean, unbroken sections create a lovely, tailor-made look, that’s as practical and easy to maintain as Dekton work surfaces.
Designers also specify Dekton for flooring. From a practical point of view the material works perfectly, and aesthetically a Dekton floor opens up a world of striking design possibilities, especially when harmonised with Dekton worktops.
Architects too are creating wonderful finishes for buildings by using Dekton as a cladding material. Modern architecture never looked better dressed! The fact that Dekton can stand up to the rigours of life in the open air testifies to its ability to keep looking perfect in the kitchen.
Dekton kitchen worktops in a nutshell
The cutting-edge technology behind Dekton gives it a range of exceptional attributes:
- Beautiful looks in multiple colours and finishes
- Remarkably hard-wearing
- The best worktop surface for stain resistance
- Abrasive resistant
- Withstands very hot and very cold temperatures
- UV resistant and will not fade or discolour even in bright sun
- Ultra-hygienic and easy to clean
- A unique range of thicknesses from as little as 4mm
- Large formats up to 3200mm by 1440mm for continuous runs
- Also usable for floors and risers for striking designs
- Perfectly practical for distinctive outdoor spaces
- Needs Dekton approved experts for supply, fabrication and fitting
- 25-year manufacturer’s warranty if fitted by a Dekton approved installer such as County Stone
There’s one more important point. Dekton is now officially carbon neutral for its entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to direct and indirect emissions from its creation, all the way to its finished state. So Dekton not only leads the way in looks and performance, but it’s helping to keep the planet in good shape too.
For more information: see our Complete Guide to Dekton
Dekton Maintenance and Care
Dekton is the easiest of kitchen surfaces to clean. It won’t stain or harbour germs as long as you clean regularly. Simply wipe down with a standard kitchen cleaner such as Cif or widely available anti-bacterial cleansers, and avoid bleach and degreasers. You can use all types of cleaning cloths, even softer types of abrasive cloths. It’s as easy as that.
Dekton will also survive contact with hot pans straight from the hob or oven, but even so we always recommend using a trivet
Why use County Stone?
Dekton needs expert supply and fitting, which is why using a Dekton approved installer is so important. At County Stone we have over 20 years’ experience in high end kitchen worktops and we are proud to have become Dekton specialists. We work closely with the manufacturers of Dekton, and that helps us keep right on top of their latest developments and product options.
If you choose Dekton for your kitchen, we will send out our highly experienced fitting team to measure up and make a precise template for your worktop, including fitting for all angles, curves and recesses. The template will come back to our workshop and our cutting and fabrication will prepare your worktop for fitting by the same team which made the template.
We provide expert advice on creating the look you want for your kitchen, and we provide full examples of the options available including colours, finishes, thicknesses, edges, splashbacks and islands.
Our ordering process is straightforward. We recommend a visit when feasible to our showroom, or a virtual tour and video consultation. We can show you samples, and provide quick quotations for the options of interest to you.
As a family business we are very proud of the standards we achieve, and we are delighted to receive ever more recommendations and 5-star reviews from highly satisfied clients.
What customers say about County Stone
Great experience with County Stone from selection to fitting. The staff were really helpful and knowledgeable. The fitters were great and really friendly. Can’t fault any element of the service. Highly recommend.
From start to finish, County Stone are courteous, professional, and do a wonderful job. We are delighted with the results and have recommended them for our Sons current build.
Excellent service, installers were very friendly and very careful of the surrounding area and kitchen cabinets where the surface was being installed.
We received a great service, great choice of materials, competitive £ and quick turnaround and fitted really well. Highly recommend.
Is Dekton cheaper than quartz?
The difference between Dekton and standard quartz is that it is manufactured using a unique process called sinterised particle technology. Particles of quartz, porcelain and glass are blended under extreme pressure and ultra-high heat. As a result Dekton is ultra-compacted, virtually non-porous and durable.
You might expect this specialised process to result in higher costs, but in fact Dekton prices, in terms of the material, are comparable with quartz products such as Silestone,
Arenastone, Caesarstone, Samsung Radianz and Compac. However, while the price per m2 may be similar, there are extra costs for the specialist skills needed to fabricate and fit Dekton because it is so hard – you even need more saw blades to cut it. For accurate comparisons with other stones, get in touch with us for a quote.
Is Dekton better than Silestone?
Both Dekton and Silestone are first-class materials for kitchen worktops. The differences are that Dekton’s manufacturing process gives it unparalleled density and resistance to scratching and discolouration. As a result, it is also highly suitable for flooring and wall coverings, and it works perfectly out doors for patio furniture, walkways, wall cladding and other architectural uses. The range of thicknesses, from 4mm through to 30mm, makes it a top choice for designers and design-conscious home-owners.
Silestone is a high-end quartz which is formulated to be bacteriostatic – that is, it stops bacteria spreading. It looks superb, and comes with a choice of three different finishes – ultra-smooth polished, softer suede and subtly dimpled volcano. Dekton too comes in a similar range of beautiful finishes.
However, both stones are easy to maintain, and will look fantastic for many years to come. Both also come with a 25-year manufacturer’s guarantee as long as they are fitted by an approved installer such as ourselves at County Stone.
So which is better? The answer is that it entirely depends on your preferences. Dekton and Silestone come in a range of beautiful colours and patterning, and given the exceptional practicality of both, you won’t be making a mistake if your choice is based on the look alone.
Is Dekton ceramic?
The short answer is that technically it is not. Dekton uses a proportion of porcelain in its composition, which is not entirely dissimilar to a ceramic, but is denser and even less porous. Dekton’s manufacturer describes it as a porcelanic material.
Is Dekton porcelain?
It is porcelanic, made with a proportion of porcelain, but is not pure porcelain. See ‘Is Dekton ceramic?’ above.
Is Dekton the same as Corian?
Corian was an early arrival on the man-made kitchen worktop scene back in 1967, and was created by Dupont. It is made by heat forming polymers and minerals in a 1:2 ratio. It is relatively low cost, and easily formed into pretty much any shape. It is resistant to scratches and heat, but less so than more modern materials such as Dekton.
Dekton is a different animal, with a high proportion of quartz, porcelain and glass (90%) in its make-up. It is harder, less porous and more durable than Corian, and also more polished and lustrous. In short, it is a superior choice for your kitchen.
Is Dekton carbon-neutral?
Yes, Dekton is carbon neutral through its life cycle of mineral extraction, usage and the end of its useful life. It manages to achieve its environmental credentials through the use of renewable energy, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and offsetting emissions through green energy projects.
Can Dekton be supplied in any shape?
Dekton’s manufacturing process allows it to be made in almost any curved or linear shape. However, please note that curved shapes cannot be supplied with mitred edges, and that the edges of curved worktops would not have the same patterning as the surface.
At County Stone our stonemasons will finish Dekton worktops to fit precisely the space in your kitchen, including recesses and apertures for sinks, hobs, taps and other fittings.
Why is the Dekton guarantee only for worktops fitted by an approved installer?
One of the issues of working with Dekton is that it is extremely rigid. Sawyers, fabricators and installers also need to handle the worktops carefully, and must have the experience and expertise to finish edges, and to cut, drill, fix and join without damaging the material in any way. Dekton have developed a fabulous product, and they want it to be treated with the same care and attention they use within their own operation. That’s why they will only honour the 25-year manufacturer’s guarantee if their worktops are fitted by companies which, like County Stone, meet their high standards.