DektonYou’ve heard of granite, marble, quartz and solid surface, but there’s something very new on the lips of designers, builder and architects alike: Dekton®.

Dekton® by Cosentino is an ultra compact surface with technically superior characteristics and performance beyond any product on the market today. The goal of this product’s development was to create a surface with multiple applications; for both interior and exterior.

Dekton® is manufactured in 56″x126″ sheets and is available in three thicknesses: .8cm, 1.2cm, and 2cm. It is perfectly suited for use in kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, furniture and outdoor spaces. The attributes are quite amazing; the flexural strength is five times greater than granite and can be installed over greater spans using thinner material without support. It is believed to be a revolutionary and innovative development in building material – and it looks great too!

Dekton® is available in multiple colors and textures with additions made regularly. They have wonderful pictures on their website and Facebook page. Pricing is comparable to the higher end quartz products and the highest levels of granite.

Dekton Benefits

Cosentino is headquartered in Cantoria, Spain with regional headquarters worldwide. They have invested $172 million and roughly 22,000 hours of research into a project which evolved from informal discussions six years ago. Architects and designers were looking for a surface for use indoors and out, that would hold up to extreme conditions. Consider our world of extreme weather: the heat, ultraviolet light, winds, cold, etc. And lately, it’s not uncommon to feel the need to prepare for alternate weather patterns not common or unusual for a specific area.

Cosentino began analyzing products and their technologies currently available in the marketplace. This research led them to their biggest idea: creating an ultra-hard versatile surface whose creation replicates the natural process of metamorphic rock formation in a fraction of the time. So, what exactly is a fraction of eons?

Fast forward through a tremendous amount of time, analytics, research, money and development (but do remember this was a discussion beginning merely six years ago!).

To summarize in layman’s terms, the process of creating metamorphic rock, Cosentino’s Director of Product & Innovation says this: “We have these inorganic raw materials found in glass, porcelain, and natural quartz pressed together with the pressure of 25,000 tons. We need a bit of heat for chemical reactions to take place, so we bring the temperature up to 1200 degrees Celsius. Then we cool it until it’s almost liquefied. It’s not going to liquefy totally because we’re creating a magma so the material crystalizes. This pressure is like a mountain on top of the material, and the heat is equivalent to the core of the earth. That’s what we’ve matched.”

Impressive innovation, and guess what? It’s not taking 20,000 or 30,000 years as in nature – but four hours, a fraction of an eon. Could this be the next big thing since the Romans developed cement as far back as the 1st century? Only time will tell.