What is a Dekton Worktop?
If you want a stone worktop for your kitchen, the options are endless, and finding the right material can often be challenging. Recently, more worktop manufacturers have strived to create products that mimic natural stone but are more robust and durable.
One of these products is Dekton Worktops. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of Dekton countertops, which will help you establish whether this material suits you and your kitchen.
What is Dekton?
Dekton is a relatively new material, so many homeowners are unaware of what it is and its benefits.
Dekton worktops are created from engineered stone, much like quartz worktops. It was initially introduced by a Spanish company, Consentino, in early 2013. Since then, the demand for Dekton worktops has steadily increased.
Dekton is crafted from a blend of raw materials, including porcelain, glass and quartz. The worktops are prepared by undergoing a unique process, which Consentino refers to as Sinterized Particle Technology.
During this process, the manufacturers mimic the metamorphic process that rock undergoes when it comes into contact with high pressure and temperature over thousands of years. As a result, Dekton is an artificial material created by mimicking a natural process. The result is a strong, highly durable and dense material.
Pros of Dekton Countertops
Now that you know how a Dekton worktop is produced, you might be wondering why you should install Dekton in your home. Here are the key pros of Dekton worktops to help you decide whether these are the right worktops for you.
It’s extremely likely you’ll be handling hot objects in your kitchen on a regular basis, so it’s essential that you opt for a heat-resistant material when choosing your worktop. The problem with many countertops, including laminate, granite and quartz, is that they are not entirely resistant to high temperatures.
When it comes to granite worktops and quartz worktops, it is advised that you don’t place hot pans directly on the countertop. When these materials come into contact with high temperatures, they will likely experience damage and discolouration.
This is where Dekton worktops really stand out. Dekton is resistant to fire and heat. Some have even suggested that they can be set alight and not sustain any damage. Hot pans would not be a problem for Dekton countertops, which will be highly beneficial in your kitchen.
Not only are Dekton surfaces heatproof, but they’re also stain-resistant too. Dekton is an artificial material which means it’s a non-porous material. As a result, liquids cannot seep through the surface, so the countertop will not stain. Even the lightest colour of Dekton will not stain.
This will also contribute to the overall cost and upkeep of your countertop. Granite, for example, is a porous material that needs to be re-sealed bi-annually. If granite isn’t sealed regularly, it can become highly susceptible to staining.
However, this is not a problem with Dekton worktops. Once they’ve been installed, you won’t have to worry about spending any more on the upkeep which will keep the hassle and costs of maintaining your worktops low.
Indoor and Outdoor Applications
Dekton worktops are incredibly strong, making them perfect for indoor and outdoor applications. Dekton is also UV resistant so it won’t tarnish or fade in even the brightest sunlight.
As we have already established, Dekton is a highly durable material that is perfect for most applications. The extreme density of Dekton means that it will rarely scratch or chip which is essential for a busy kitchen that undergoes daily wear and tear.
The cost of your Dekton countertops will be determined by a number of factors but generally, prices can start from £250 per square meter.
If you want to know more about how much a Dekton kitchen worktop will cost for your project, just request a quote, and we can help you.
Here are just some of the factors that can affect the cost of your worktops:
Seam or seamless design
When you opt for a Dekton worktop, you can have a seamless design which means the slab will be cut to a specific size so there will be no joins in the worktop. This option is more expensive than a design with seams, but it provides a flawless look in your kitchen.
Thickness of the slab
Thinner slabs of Dekton tend to come at a lower cost and might be the right choice if you’re looking for a more minimalist design.
Colour and pattern
There are a number of Dekton colours and designs to choose from when it comes to Dekton worktops, so there is a countertop to complement every kitchen. Solid colour slabs will cost less, but more sought-after colours will be more expensive. It will also be more expensive if you look at a more distinctive design or texture.
The more unique you want your countertop to be, the more it will cost. You may have to pay more if you wish your worktop to be an unusual shape or colour. However, Dekton boasts a wide variety of options, so there will be plenty for you to choose from.
Maintaining and cleaning your countertop
Because Dekton is highly resistant to many things that will damage the average work surface, maintaining your countertop is simple and low maintenance. It does not require sealing, and cleaning can be as simple as applying pH-neutral soap and some water.
If you need further details on how to clean a Dekton worktop, click here.
How does Dekton compare to other materials?
Dekton is relatively new to the market when compared to other popular countertop materials.
Dekton is closest in characteristics to quartz as they are both artificial stones.
However, Dekton is far more scratch and chip resistant than quartz. When you’re using knives or sharp objects on quartz, you will need to use a chopping board or risk scratching your worktop. With Dekton, you’re free to cut directly on the worktop with even the sharpest of knives. This highlights how durable Dekton countertops are.
Compared with granite, Dekton is far more durable and easy to maintain. Due to Dekton being an artificial stone, it requires little upkeep compared to granite. Although granite has a more natural finish, Dekton proves more practical for day-to-day use.
Whilst Dekton is a lesser-known countertop material, it is certainly worth looking at if you want to revamp your kitchen and bathroom. It is practically indestructible and a perfect choice for everyday use.
Take a look at our full range of stone worktops and find the best worktop for your kitchen.