In the layman’s terms, Dekton and Neolith have engineered surfaces whereas marble and granite are naturally formed. Both the varieties bring with them distinct peculiarities that people like to have their homes and even offices. Although there are limitations regarding the use of marble kitchen worktops in certain areas, such as flooring, bathroom applications, etc.
Granite kitchen worktops take the lead over marble due to its less water absorption rate. Moreover, its main constituent is quartz, which is the toughest mineral ever known. Marble, on the other hand, is porous and hence, it may not be suitable in the busiest of kitchens unless it receives a continuous sealing. What’s similar between the two varieties is that they all come in several colours, textures, and finishes. Let’s take a look at the technology, salient features and a couple prime examples of Dekton and Neolith. It is important to bear in mind that even the synthetic varieties are inspired by natural stones. Scores of designers have tried to bring the grace and charm of nature-made models into synthetic variations.
What is Dekton?
Dekton is the result of Cosentino’s innovation. It is a revolutionary category of kitchen worktops, façades, floors, etc. Its surface is built by using an advanced technology called TPS which accelerates the metamorphic process of the natural stones (that takes hundreds of years in nature). To summarise, Dekton is a synthetic blend of raw materials- porcelain, glass, and quartz- to constitute unique kitchen worktop surfaces. They are also suitable for outdoor and indoor use, just like granite.
Notable features of Dekton kitchen worktops:
The Dekton provides mechanical strength, scratches, stains, UV rays, stains, abrasion, and hydrolysis. In addition to excellent thermal characteristics, fire resistance, heat and cold resistance. To explain further, this material is very durable as some authorised manufacturers like MKW surfaces, London offers 10 to 30 years of warranty. It has a zero dilation, very functional and the insulation requires very little to join the slabs together.
What is Neolith?
Neolith satisfies the immaculate needs of interior designing craved by decorators and homeowners. This technological marvel is a 100% Sinterized, meaning that it is composed of three elemental properties:
- Granite minerals like quartz and feldspar, which provide hardness and strength.
- Glass minerals and silica offer chemical stability.
- Natural oxides that supplement chromatic properties.
It is the outcome of the superior resources and highest technology. Neolith kitchen worktops are scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, unaffected by extreme heat, fire or extremely cold temperatures. It has an extremely low absorption rate, which is unlike many other surfaces available in the market. This attribute makes it ideal to use in food preparation areas. Its non-toxic composition makes it completely environment-friendly and safe to install in areas where children spend a lot of time together. This porcelain boasts greater physical and mechanical characteristics of intrinsic nature that meets and exceeds industry standards making is suitable for kitchen worktops, counters & splashbacks, wall cladding and large tiled flooring and façades and other areas of surface applications.