Quartz or porcelain worktops. How do you know which one to choose? What are the differences? Which is better? We tell you everything here.
There is some misinformation and confusion about the differences between Silestone and Dekton. Especially concerning choosing a material for our kitchen worktop. Also, it is to know that a kitchen countertop can also work as an extra-large tile for the bathroom. Therefore, it would not be a surprise if you are somewhat confused.
Worktop suppliers start talking about different brands, and which makes you even more confused. We all know Silestone, but what you may not know is that Silestone is a brand belonging to surface giant Cosentino. Besides Silestone quartz, the company produces different types of material in various brands. Cosentino creates four wonders in the decoration surface world. But today, we’ll only focus on two of them, which are the ones that cause the most confusion due to their similar finishes. In contrast to it, their difference doesn’t lie in their finish but their composition.
Let me explain.
A few days ago, I was browsing through our Youtube Channel. There were videos of two types of worktop materials that maintain the same aesthetic, both with a Calacatta Gold marble effect and both with the same finish. Still, these were two different types of surface materials that served the same purpose. This statement may already sound confusing to you. But it is simpler than you think. Let’s get started.
The first thing you want to know is that Cosentino, creator of the well-known Silestone, not only created Silestone. But it also has a second brand which is Dekton, besides two other brands. Although as I mentioned earlier today, we will focus on Silestone and Dekton.
Why focus on the difference between Silestone and Dekton, you may wonder? Because they are the only two that can have the same exterior finish but be types of different materials fulfiling various applications.
“Two different materials that to the touch, and the eyes, are the same“
You have to know that its creator has developed these two brands from two different materials: quartz and porcelain.
“Silestone encompasses the quartz range, and Dekton contains all the development of porcelain. “
What is quartz (Silestone)?
Without dwelling too much on technical explanations, Silestone is composed of quartz and polymer resins. Silestone.co.uk R&D says: “Silestone is the result of mixing up to 94% Natural Quartz with resins, providing extraordinary hardness and resistance. It is an excellent surface for the kitchen, bathroom, floor and wall coverings with minimal joints.”
What is porcelain (Dekton)?
It is an ultra-compact, rigid, coloured and non-porous ceramic composite. It boasts minimal water absorption, and it is pressed dry, and cooked by single firing in giant ovens, hence its resistance to sudden changes in temperature.
Let’s start with this second and last brand, which has already become the flagship product of this surface manufacturer.
Dekton = Porcelain
The main difference between porcelain and quartz is its use.
Although both share applications at home, you should know that Dekton, due to its composition, also allows its use outdoors. You can use it on facades, on floors and high-traffic areas, commercial premises, and even in swimming pools.
In the first place, this material does not fade over time nor due to climatic changes. Second, it can be exposed to sunlight because it has high UV resistance. Third, it can get wet, and it will not wear out, deteriorate or change its colour. Today, porcelain is considered one of the most resilient materials on the market. Its indoors use is similar: it can be used on floors or as wall tiles without fear of wear and tear since it does not scratch. Also, you can install it and without joints, an excellent addition to its aesthetics in large format.
Difference between Silestone and Dekton. Applications.
You can use Dekton in bathrooms as a standard tile, like a shower tray, Dekton sinks, kitchen worktops or home floors. And you’ll be installing one of the best materials on the market in your home. You can cook without fear on this surface, cut, and use any food or chemical product because it is not a porous material. Therefore nothing will penetrate it. In addition, its resilience to heat is such that there are even induction glass-ceramics that allow you to cook on porcelain. Its thickness is another of its peculiarities, and in this case, Cosentino makes it easy for us to choose this material starting from just 4mm to 30mm thicknesses.
Another difference is its price, which carries higher costs per square meter than its predecessor.
Let’s now talk about Silestone or quartz worktops.
As mentioned before, the main difference between these two materials is their use.
Both are ideal for indoors, but when it comes to using them outdoors comes the dilemma. And that is that Silestone does not make its quartz worktops for external use.
Due to its resin composition, this quartz product does NOT offer weather resistance like its sibling Dekton. But its indoor use provides superior performance and is one of the most popular in the UK. According to Companies House, Cosentino UK’s turnover was more than £73 million in 2019, enjoying a 7% increase in its local workforce.
Another difference between Silestone and Dekton are Silestone’s properties
Its exclusive antibacterial system makes it ideal for use on kitchen countertops or sinks, and showers. However, it is not suitable for direct exposure to high temperatures. Does this mean that you can burn or damage your Silestone worktops with the heat of a pan or pot? You can’t because it resists residual heat very well. But it does not withstand continuous heat exposure due to its resin composition.
Let’s say you can place a pot on your Silestone worktop but not let it sit.
Similarly, we must talk about the false myth widespread that it stains due to its porosity. It is not true as it’s not a porous stone. There are cases with joint damage due to movement, but this is rare.
Is Dekton better than Silestone? Are quartz kitchen worktops better than porcelain?
The answer is the same as when comparing Channel and Louis Vuitton, Picasso or Monet. These are both the best at what they do, and that both are materials of the highest quality. Also, they are both the market leaders.
SILESTONE AND DEKTON: What are the differences?
- Dekton allows its use outdoors, and Silestone does not.
- A Dekton surface is resistant to sudden changes in temperature (hot or cold), and a Silestone is not.
- Dekton allows its manufacture in large format plates. From 4mm to 30mm. And Silestone offers 12mm going through 20mm and the maximum thickness of 30mm.
- Silestone is a more flexible surface. Therefore, it is more resistant to chipping under accidental impact.
Finally, we must say that there are many brands on the market selling quartz and porcelain worktops. We can talk about Neolith porcelain or Compac Quartz worktops, among others. However, we wanted to focus on Cosentino in this article because we all know Silestone. What we didn’t realise is that Silestone and Dekton are two leading brands from Cosentino. Also, each has a function, both being the best materials within its segments on the market. Silestone and Dekton offer both exceptional quality, resilience and warranties for the use of the products.
That said, we hope to have clarified doubts and solved mysteries about these two worktop surfaces too.
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