Quartz vs. Dekton Countertops: Which is Right For You?

 QUARTZ VS. DEKTON COUNTERTOPS WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Custom countertops are popular right now and for good reason. If you enjoy entertaining, you’ve probably noticed everyone seems to gather around the kitchen. And if you’re a home chef, a bright kitchen makes prepping food that much more fun.

The exciting thing about custom is you have a wide variety of materials to choose from, each with their own unique textures and finishes. However, it’s important to keep in mind while shopping that each material also has their pros and cons. In today’s blog, we’ll be weighing quartz vs. dekton – two of the most durable materials in the countertop industry today.

 

Quartz Countertops

Best suited for traditional, transitional and craftsman design styles.

Quartz, an engineered stone is the perfect countertops for families because of its heat and scratch resistant qualities. It’s also become popular throughout the years because it’s non-porous and doesn’t require sealing. (Red wine lovers, we’re talking to you.)

Because quartz is a man-made product, it’s very predictable in appearance. Each slab comes in a variety of solid colors or uniformly flecked patterns. Aside from color itself, you have the option of polished or honed (a suede-like) finish. Whatever you choose, quartz is a great way to customize any kitchen to your unique tastes.

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The Pros of Quartz

  • Because quartz is consistently and uniformly manufactured, you know exactly what you’re getting.
  • Quartz countertops will last years without staining, breaking down and requires little to no maintenance.
  • Because it’s made from mineral versus entire slabs, quartz is considered a good environmental choice.

 

The Cons of Quartz

  • Quartz can be more expensive than other materials. However, it adds a ton of resale value to your home.
  • Because technology limits quartz slab sizes, you’ll have some seams. But, the good news is they’re less visible compared to other materials.
  • Quartz isn’t UV-stable so we don’t recommend using it in outdoor kitchens.

 

Dekton Countertops

Best suited for modern, contemporary and industrial design styles.

Dekton is made from a sophisticated blend of materials used to produce glass, porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz. This hybrid countertop is flame retardant, low maintenance and adds modern class to any kitchen.

If you’re looking for a seriously heavy-duty countertop, dekton is one of the best surfacing materials out there. The durability comes from its unique manufacturing process. The glass, porcelain and quartz are sinterized (intensely heated and compacted) to create its strength.

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The Pros of Dekton

  • Dekton is completely resistant to abrasion, staining, heat and scratching.
  • This material also stands up to water and UV, which makes it a great choice for outdoor kitchens and dining areas.
  • Unlike marble, granite, quartz, quartzite and concrete, dekton doesn’t require any sealing.
  • It’s typically the same or less expensive compared to other countertop materials.

 

The Cons of Dekton

  • If dropped, dekton can chip on the edges or split entirely. (This is why it’s best to work with a professional experienced in countertop replacement.)
  • While it may be cheaper than other stone materials, it’s more expensive than laminate and concrete.
  • Dekton is typically sold through specialty retailers so you’ll need a professional to install it.

 

Quartz vs. Dekton

Now that you’ve learned how quartz and dekton are made, let’s weigh the two materials side-by-side. Remember, neither one is better than the other – it’s important to choose a countertop based on its purpose in your kitchen. Then, from there, narrow your options based on aesthetic appeal. 

 

Quartz

Dekton

Stains

Stain-Resistant

Stain-Proof

Heat

Slightly Vulnerable

Flame Retardant

Exposure

Sun Discoloration

UV-Proof

Cosmetic

Scratch-Resistant

Vulnerable to Chips and Splitting

Cost

Same, Uninstalled

Same, Installed

Upkeep

No Sealing Required

No Sealing Required

 

In Summary

Whether you’re looking for countertops to stand up to chef-level cutting or the everyday shenanigans of young children, quartz and dekton are both fantastic choices for you to consider. For more information on countertop replacement, we encourage you to reach out to our design team today at (405) 387-2930.

 

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