Quartz, natural stone, and recycled surfacing manufacturer Cosentino has introduced Dekton by Cosentino, a new “ultra-compact surface” material suited for interior and exterior applications. The biggest launch for the company since it introduced Silestone in the early ’90s, Dekton is the result of $172 million dollars of investment, including the construction of a new state-of the-art factory at the company’s manufacturing headquarters in Spain.
Dekton is made from a mixture of inorganic raw materials found in glass, porcelain tile, and natural quartz through a proprietary new process called Particle Sintering Technology (PST), which was developed exclusively by Cosentino’s R&D team. Though it sounds incredible, PST is essentially an accelerated version of metamorphism that rocks and stone undergo in nature when subjected to heat and pressure over thousands of years. To manufacture Dekton, Consentino has reduced the process to four hours with extreme heat and pressure; the press used in the ultra-compaction process has a capacity of 25,000 tons, six times more than was previously regarded as the world’s largest press.
Applications include flooring, cladding, staircases, exterior facades, kitchen countertops, bathrooms, pool surrounds, or anywhere architects and designers want one product to flow from indoor to outdoor spaces. It’s quite tough, and offers UV-resistance for color stability outdoors, is highly resistant to impact, scratches, and abrasion for use in high-traffic areas, has a very low water absorption, and provides thermal shock resistance against heat, frost, and thawing.
The material is being initially offered in 12 white, gray, black, and natural stone hues in three polished, matte, and slate finishes. It will be made in large format slabs measuring 56” x 126” in three thicknesses: 1.2cm, 2cm, and 3cm. It will retail for $58-$96 per square foot, depending on thickness and color.
All image courtesy of Cosentino.
Disclaimer: Cosentino was one of several sponsors of my trip to Design & Construction Week as part of BlogTour Vegas. The opinions in the post are entirely my own.