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What Is a Dekton Kitchen Counter?

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We recently explored quartz, quartzite, marble, granite, concrete, and laminate countertops but decided one counter material deserved its own deep dive: Dekton. This material was introduced in 2013, and it’s slowly been gaining prominence and popularity ever since. Dekton is high-tech, highly durable, and becoming a choice countertop material alongside quartz. Let’s explore.

Let’s go right to the source. Dekton describes DEKTON as follows:

“DEKTON is a sophisticated 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 employs exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years.

Electronic microscopy allows us to fully appreciate the material’s zero porosity, a consequence of the sinterization and ultra-compaction process exclusive to DEKTON. This zero porosity and lack of the micro-defects that cause tension or weak spots mark the difference as far as DEKTON is concerned. “

I feel like I know less now. Let’s try this again. Here’s how the marketing VP of Cosentino (Dekton’s parent company) described it to Consumer Reports:

“It’s made of a combination of quartz, porcelain, and glass. I would describe it as a hybrid of the best materials in the market for surfacing.” Okay, that makes a bit more sense. It’s quartz, porcelain, and glass that’s been “sinterized” — intensely heated and compacted — to make it super strong.

In general, Dekton costs $60-$95/square foot, installed—and again, it has to be professionally installed. If you’d like to see how it looks 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 stacks up to that sturdy standby: quartz.

If you have any experience with Dekton countertops, please share!

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