Jul 21, 2020
In this episode, part 1 of benchtops in the series, Frances welcomes her guest, Laura Neville from Cosentino to discuss three main benchtop applications – reconstituted stone, natural stone (by Cosentino), and Dekton.
They outline the differences between the 3 products and why you may choose one over the other, considering functionality, durability, budget, and aesthetics. Fabulous insight is provided on manufacturing differences, cost differences, and application.
Things to consider when choosing for benchtops
• Think about how you are going to use the kitchen 5-10 years’ time
• Durability and longevity of the product
• Natural light in the kitchen space
• Finish preference for the benchtop
• Color and Design of the overall kitchen and home
Depending on the brand, reconstituted stone is a mix of different minerals that are bound together with an acrylic resin to create a workable surface. It is guaranteed to maintain consistency in aesthetics throughout the slab, so if you are after consistency, this is a great choice. The customization of your kitchen is stone to the look of your stone through choices of colour, texture, and composition.
Cosentino treats nearly all of their reconstituted stone slabs with a coating called N-boost. Its a technology they’ve developed to minimise the porosity of the stone, preventing the absorption of everyday kitchen liquids (including red wine and lemon).
Silestone brand reconstituted stone
Other brands of reconstituted stone
Disadvantages of reconstituted stone
A mix of different natural minerals that are liquified, compressed, and baked. It often compared to porcelain but is a different composition. Dekton is classified as an ultra-compact surface. It is more durable as it is completely solid the whole way through. It can be applied to any surface such as kitchen benchtops, stair treads, swimming pools, cabinetry fronts, floors, saunas, and facades.
Sensa by Cosentino
Sensa by Cosentino is a natural stone that consists of granite and quartzite. It is treated with a coating developed called Senguard.
You can find Cosentino’s showroom in every major city in Australia. And you can find different colors and sampling across all the products i\on their website. https://www.cosentino.com/
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