FUNCTIONALITY, DURABILITY, CLEANING, MAINTENANCE AND COST FACTORS OF DEKTON COUNTERTOPS

Factors Influencing Cost

Dekton ultra compact countertops are not cheap countertops like laminate or tile, but neither are they as expensive as volcanic lava countertops.

One factor to consider is how many cutouts and holes you will need for faucets and sinks.

An entire seamless slab may cost more than if you were willing to place seams in possibly inconvenient places.

Full body colors are available, but depending on the popularity of the color you want, the price could go up. The same goes for patterns and textures.

Any distinctive design or texture is likely to cost more than a solid color, and some of the more unique patterns will be even more expensive.
It is very important to obtain estimates to know the exact price of your project and the installation costs of Dekton countertops.

Unfortunately, since Dekton is not widely available, you may only be able to get an estimate.

Functionality and durability of your Dekton countertop

The durability of Dekton countertops has been compared and tested, compared to a granite or quartz countertop and they turned out to be a little more resistant to misuse, then we will talk about the factors in which they resist and in which does not resist Dekton material.

The resistance of a worktop made of this material was shown in some tests to be very resistant to abrasion, burns, cuts, stains, heat and cuts.
However, other tests showed that the countertops chip and crack more easily when a heavy item is dropped, compared to other types of countertops.

Dekton Cleaning, Maintenance and Repairs

Due to Dekton's extreme durability and non-porosity, general care and cleaning are relatively easy.

How are Dekton countertops cleaned?

The best option for general daily cleaning is to use a hard surface spray cleaner, a natural cleaner is recommended or use a granite and marble cleaner for a streak-free shine.

Mild soap and water work and are often recommended, but can leave a dull film on the surface when used as regular cleaners.

Damage to Dekton kitchen countertops is repairable, however, depending on the type and extent of the damage, some repairs may remain visible.

Dekton is known for its resistance to stains. Even wine glass rings can be left on the surface for hours; in most cases, there should be no stains. However, certain types of staining can still occur.

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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