A question we offten get asked is what is the difference between Silestone and Dekton?

First off let me tell you that both Silestone and Dekton are both brands of the world famous Cosentino (The biggest quartz manufacturer in the world)

Silestone is a quartz product whilst Dekton is what is called "sintered stone"


so let's begin with Silestone, what is Silestone??


this is the official statement from Cosentino about Silestone :-


Silestone® is the hybrid surface of premium minerals, quartz and recycled materials more advanced and sustainable on the market, manufactured with the exclusive and innovative HybriQ® technology.


what about Dekton?


Dekton is Cosentino's innovative, ultra-compact and high-performance surface that offers endless design possibilities for outdoor and indoor spaces.


Still none the wiser??


Dekton


Don't worry we've got you. In simple terms Dekton is made the same way as porcelains (just with a few different minerals) All natural materials are pressed and heated until it becomes almost a liquid form around 1200 degrees c then cooled slowly. This is what gives Dekton its hard resilient surface. Available in 44 decors (at the time of this article) it is fast becoming one of the most popular surfaces our business sells. Being this though it means that you can literally take a boiling hot pan straight from the hob and place it directly ontop of the countertop / worktop without the worry of any cracking or burning. Dekton is also unique in its chemical resistance, frost resistance, scratch-resistant and fire resistance this makes it perfect for outdoor uses too such as bbq areas facades etc.


Silestone

Silestone is quartz and really what put Cosentino on the map in regards to the worktop industry, especially for the end-user. If you've been looking already for worktops I would imagine you would have heard the name Silestone banded around and for good reason. From a fabricator's point of view (which is what we are, we don't just write amazing blogs haha) they offer us the best service from all of our suppliers there is almost never an issue with the material quality (something i wish was the same across the board) and most importantly if there is an issue they have amazing technical support who visit site and determine the best course of action whether that be replace the top or repair on site. Also all Silestone products you get a 25-year warranty. Again huge range of colours.

Silestone is not suitable for outdoor use and you can NOT place a pan straight from your hob onto it or you may end up with a very expensive repair bill. We tell every customer who buys quartz from us not to place pans direct from your hob onto the top as it could damage it we know not everyone listens and to date in the last 7 year we have only been called out to 1 repair for this so you may get away with it 9 times out of 10 but for the sake of a pan stand spend the £5 and protect your tops.


If you are looking for either Silestone or Dekton in the North East of England, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, Teeside or any of the surrounding regions then feel free to give us here at R.O Surfaces a call and make an appointment on 0191 4477440. we look forward to working with you



seamless joints in Silestone quartz are pictured below



Granite is one of the most popular materials chosen for kitchen countertops. Derived from genuine natural stone, it is widely utilised in homes due to its timeless aesthetic and practical qualities, making it an ideal surface to be installed into any modern kitchen. The stone is heat resistant, scratch resistant, hygienic and, provided it is cared for properly, extremely durable.


Although granite is a hard-wearing surface, grease and even spillages can often take their toll, making it crucial for homeowners to clean granite worktops properly.





Here are some tips which will help you to keep your surfaces looking shiny and new:


Granite is a porous material that soaks up liquids more than other worktop materials such as quartz, so it is advised to get it sealed every six months. Cleaning granite worktops require a little extra care.


It is essential to clean your granite worktops after food preparation with hot, soapy water and a damp microfiber cloth and buff up with another. Buffing granite after cleaning will help keep the surface looking shiny by combating water spots and streaks. It is recommended that you give your worktops a deep clean every week to keep them in the best possible condition using a PH neutral cleaner. Alternatively, you can also make a homemade cleaner by mixing baking powder and water.


Do not place hot saucepans directly onto granite kitchen worktops. Granite is naturally heat resistant, but cooking residue and excessive heat in a concentrated area may damage the granite. The use of a pan-stand or heat resistant mat is advised.


Always use coasters when placing drinks onto granite worktops, especially hot beverages and alcoholic beverages. Some drinks may stain, while the acid in others may cause the surface of the worktop to become dull.





At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of worktops; our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to contact a team member. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.


Interested in seeing more of our work? Head over to our portfolio - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio

Splashbacks are a great addition to any kitchen, and they are much more than a practical incorporation. They can often have a vast impact on your kitchen's overall look and feel, as they're a great way to help integrate your desired style and add a sense of personality that mirrors your tastes.


Kitchen splashbacks can be made from an extensive array of materials, including glass, granite and stone. Splashbacks are more than just decoration for your kitchen. They are also functional since their primary purpose is to protect the walls from splashes from cooking.



Splashbacks serve other purposes such as:

  • Brightening your kitchen by reflecting more light.

  • They can be bespoke/customised depending on the owner's preferences.

  • Prevent steam and heat from damaging the wall behind.

Properties of a Good Splashback


Suitable kitchen splashback should have the following features to serve its function:


  • Heatproof splashbacks should be heat resistant to up at least 220C. However, whichever material you choose can affect its ability to resist great heat, with some materials, such as glass, being more heat resistant than others.

  • When it comes to cleaning, splashbacks should be easy to maintain, a wipe down with glass cleaner or general cleaning agents will make any splashback look as good as new.

  • Your splashback will inevitably get splashes from cooking. However, the surface should never become permanently stained.

  • Kitchen splashbacks should never need scrubbing to remove mould or stains from group joints.


At R.O Surfaces, we are proud to install and manufacture kitchen splashbacks. If you want to know more about materials that can best fit your needs for your kitchen, contact us today on 0191 4477440. You can also see a range of our previous work here - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio