DESIGN OPTIONS AND VARIETY OF COLORS THAT CAN BE WORKED WITH DEKTON

We know that difficult decisions must be made when wanting to acquire a Dekton countertop, especially in choosing colors, textures and finishes, it must be chosen well since the countertop is durable and also has combinations with some structures or designs of your home, a designer of interiors must know how to give a good orientation on how to choose the material for your countertop and the design.

Colors and patterns

Dekton has over 40 colors available, the range includes solid colors and washed or grained patterns, but also some with nice veining that looks like white marble.

The overall palette tends to be metallic and neutral to easily blend into your current kitchen design. You probably won't make a strong "statement" with the subdued colors of your Dekton.
Handle colors that resemble rusty steel in shades of black, gray and brown. It looks great in both industrial and rustic kitchen designs with a matte finish.

Surface Finishes and Textures

This material has several options for surface finish. Finish textures include matte and gloss polish, but also some exciting finishes like rust, slate, leather, and bush hammered. The specific types of finishes possible may vary depending on the color chosen.

Border styles

They include square or mitered standard profiles, decorative beveled edges, full and half rounded edges, and beveled edges. it is recommended to chamfer the corners of the edges to minimize flaking.
Some border styles may not work with patterned ultra-compact surfaces. The color extends through the entire slab, but not the pattern or texture.

Pattern may not be present with certain edge cuts. Luckily, mitered, squared, and smooth edges look great for patterned surfaces.

How thick are Dekton countertops?

Dekton thickness options range from 8mm to 30mm thick to suit your design style. The four thickness options available are 8mm, 12mm, 20mm and 30mm.

What size are the Dekton boards?

Dekton tiles come in a range of sizes up to 320 cm x 144 cm (126” x 56”), expanding the possibilities for large-format installations in kitchens, bathrooms, floors and ceramic coverings.

The large slab means fewer seams and typically no seams on kitchen islands, which is the primary benefit for most kitchen countertop installations.

The importance of having adequate equipment to cut dekton and porcelain

Dekton, among other alternative stone materials, continues to grow in popularity for applications such as countertops, flooring, and both interior and exterior wall cladding. Being a hard dense product, it is crucial to use appropriate tooling during the fabrication process. Carlos Sustaita, production director for STA Granite, provides several important tips of advice for those working with compact sintered stone.

Why do products such as Dekton need special/different tools than those that are used for cutting granite and marble?

Material hardness is the key to understanding why you need different tools to fabricate Dekton. The material has a
very high density (ultra-compact), which means that if you don’t use proper tools, you can either break the tool or the material or even worse, damage the machinery.

The cutting process requires trimming the edges to release tensions. Then you have to follow cutting recommendations, which include using plenty of water, the proper speed, feed rate, etc. Once you follow the rules, it’s a piece of cake.
When doing edging on Dekton, What is the difference in the process compared to a natural stone?

In this sense, Dekton’s edge is very easy to work with since the material is very homogeneous, and it is easy to get very good results. Any fabricator can do it well on the first attempt.

What are some common mistakes that fabricators are making when it comes to cutting this material? And, what are some common mistakes with doing edging or doing sinkholes or something?

The main mistake is trying to fabricate Dekton as if it was a granite or quartz composite. You will fail if you use the same tools, speed rates, and so on. Another common mistake is trying to cut Dekton in uneven support. It is a common source of problems too.

Sometimes people ask about what machine is best to cut Dekton. I believe the key is not the machine but the tools and proper maintenance. I have seen people with very modest equipment doing amazing things and the other way around.

7 Keys for Cutting Ultra-Compact and Sintered Dekton and Porcelain Materials

1. Water

It may seem too simple or too intuitive to matter, but less than adequate water AND hoses positioned incorrectly is the most common error causing headaches among cutting these materials.
2. Check your table level

One of the more overlooked aspects of successful cutting is, to the degree that your table is not level in the horizontal plane, vibrations will occur. This unevenness can result in chipping and likely breaking the edge of your slab.
3. Buy the right blade

As cliche, as it may sound, choosing the right blade for the material you are processing, is critical.
4. Removing tensioning strips

While each manufacturer of ultra-compact and sintered porcelain materials may, or may not have tensioning strips built into the perimeters of each slab, if they are not removed before cutting, the slab is at higher risk of cracking or breaking.
5. Feed rate and RPMs

Using the same feed rate and RPMs you may be accustomed to when cutting other materials can be a recipe for trouble. Unlike fabricating more common materials such as marble and granite, we’ve seen the most success cutting ultra-compact and sintered porcelain materials when following a systemized approach is used.
6. Avoiding Plunging

While plunge cutting tends to be of little concern for most sawyers when cutting ultra-compact and sintered porcelain materials it can pose big problems resulting in cracking or breaking your slab.
7. Cutting Sinks

Projects requiring a sink cut-out can be an obstacle many fabricators dread. Since we already know plunging is not the ideal way to go about this, what are your options? When preparing a sink cut-out, it is advised to drill each of the four corners with a 1/2” core bit before to start initiating cutting.
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