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We recently explored quartz, quartzite, marble, granite, concrete and laminate countertops but decided that one counter material deserved its own deep dive: Dekton. This material was introduced in 2013 and has been slowly gaining fame and popularity ever since. Dekton is high-tech, very durable and, in addition to quartz, will become an excellent material for countertops. Let’s investigate.
Let’s go straight to the source. deckton describes DEKTON as follows:
“DEKTON is a refined blend of the raw materials used to produce the very latest in glass and porcelain, as well as the highest quality quartz work surfaces.
Dekton uses the exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high-tech process that represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when exposed to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years.
Electronic microscopy allows us to fully appreciate the zero porosity of the material, a result of the sintering and ultra-densification process exclusive to DEKTON. This zero porosity and the absence of the micro-defects that cause stresses or weak spots make the difference for DEKTON. “
I feel like I know fewer now. Let’s try this again. Here’s how the marketing VP of Cosentino (Dekton’s parent company) described it Consumer Reports:
It is made of a combination of quartz, porcelain and glass. I would describe it as a hybrid of the best materials on the pavement market.” OK, that makes more sense. It’s quartz, porcelain, and glass that’s been “sintered” — intensely heated and pressed together — to make it super strong.
In general, Dekton costs $60-$95/square foot, installed – and again, it must be professionally installed. If you want to see how it would look in person and in your home, Home Depot has Dekton samples (ranging in size from 2″ x 4″ to 4″ x 4″) for about $10 each.
Finally, let’s see how Dekton compares to that solid standby: quartz.
If you have any experience with Dekton countertops, please share!