What is Porcelain?
Porcelain is the next generation of bench top and surface materials. Why this claim, because it is time for change. Porcelain is a harder, more durable surface which still offers the consistent colour palettes the modern designers expect. There is a new range of surface finishes which adds an extra sensory pleasure to your kitchen benchtops which will be admired by all who visit.
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DEKTON IS A SOPHISTICATED BLEND OF THE RAW MATERIALS USED TO PRODUCE THE VERY LATEST IN GLASS AND PORCELAIN AS WELL AS THE HIGHEST QUALITY QUARTZ WORK SURFACES.
TSP – TECHNOLOGY OF SINTERIZED PARTICLES
Dekton employs exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years.
Sinterized particle technology synthesizes truly innovative procedures from the most advanced technology industries. This evolution represents a technological and industrial leap capable of generating a new process, a revolutionary material and a leading product.
Electronic microscopy allows us to fully appreciate the material’s zero porosity, a consequence of the sinterization and ultra-compaction process exclusive to DEKTON. This zero porosity and lack of the micro-defects that cause tension or weak spots mark the difference as far as DEKTON is concerned.
High UV Resistance
Dekton is highly resistant to ultra violet (UV) light and will not fade or degrade over time making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Dekton is the most scratch resistant surface on the market and while the slip of a knife won’t damage Dekton, cutting boards are still recommended to protect your household utensils.
Resistant to stains
While other surfaces are stain resistant, Dekton is completely Stain Proof. Even the most stubborn stains like wine, coffee, markers and rust can easily be removed from the surface. Since Dekton has extremely low porosity and contains no resins, it is chemical resistant. Drips or splashes of common household chemicals like bleach, drain cleaners or oven degreasers won’t harm Dekton.
High Resistance to fire and heat
Dekton withstands high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking. Hot Pots and Appliances like Crock Pots can be placed directly on the surface with no worry of damage.
Resistant to abrasion
Dekton is even more resistant to abrasion than granite making it the ideal surface for commercial applications and high traffic areas such as flooring. While other surfaces show wear over time, Dekton’s finish will last for the life of the product and never needs to be re-surfaced or re-finished.
Resistant to ice & thawing
Dekton’s low coefficient of thermal expansion makes it Thermal Shock proof from both extreme heat and extreme cold. It’s natural resistance to ice and thawing makes it perfect for use in even the coldest environments.
High mechanical Resistance
With over 5 times the flexural strength of granite, Dekton can be installed in thinner material over greater spans allowing for up to a 12-inch unsupported overhang on countertops, islands and bartops. Dekton’s high compressive strength makes it an ideal material for walkways, pavers or driveways.
Dekton is non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It naturally prevents liquids and gasses from penetrating the surface, making it a low maintenance surface that is easier to clean.
The manufacturing process used to make Dekton allows us control the pigmentation and decoration of the material giving better color consistency from slab to slab and resulting in a long lasting product that will not fade over time. The surface you install today will maintain the same new appearance for the life of the product.
Dekton is very consistent in both dimension and thickness throughout slab which minimizes the need for field corrections and allows for easy installation.
Dekton is a noncombustible material and withstands high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking
In the development of Dekton, we firstly sinterize the raw materials using basic components to oversee the whole process and the characteristics of the particles used in the manufacturing process. The process uses up to 16 different decorative techniques which allow three-dimensional design models and an endless array of aesthetic possibilities. endless array of aesthetic possibilities.
Maximum is a revolutionary, award winning, large format porcelain stoneware from Graniti Fiandre Italy
Offering architects and designers unprecedented design flexibility, Maximum porcelain panels are made entirely from natural materials such as sand, quartz, clay, feldspar and recycled content and contain no toxic resins or chemical binders that are used in reconstituted stone products.
From beautiful finishes inspired by nature, to the cool contemporary look of concrete, MAXIMUM is an environmentally friendly, 100% natural, partially recycled product available in a wide range of colours suitable for residential and commercial projects.
Thanks to its lightweight, easy installation (cutting, drilling, grouting, etc.) and maintenance, MAXIMUM is particularly suited for all exterior facade cladding, including ventilated systems and interior applications for covering walls and floors in multi-residential, retail and commercial areas, including all refurbishment projects.
Size, thickness, quality, safety and aesthetics are the outstanding features that make MAXIMUM a highly versatile material.
Graniti Fiandre’s proprietary technology has made it possible to create stunning slabs in an astonishing size associated with a minimum 6mm thickness that are also environmentally friendly.
MAXIMUM Porcelain Panels are made entirely from natural materials such as sand, quartz, clay, feldspar and recycled content. No toxic resins or chemical binders are used, as with reconstituted stone products. This substantially reduced 6mm profile means that 2 to 3 times less raw material are used compared to quarry materials, not to mention requiring lower energy consumption during production.
State of the art technology and equipment is used to combine materials in a unique manufacturing process.
MAXIMUM panels, with a high impact 3000 × 1500 size, enables 4.5 square metres of coverage per panel. This innovative form of high-tech lightweight (14.5kg/m2) ceramic offers a minimal thickness of only 6 mm delivering designers the inspiration to experiment with new forms and expressions.
MAXIMUM combines maximum design freedom with greater flexibility.
The maxi-slab dramatically reduces the number of interruptions in the design unit and, at the same time, the wide range of sub-multiples offered guarantees great versatility for all requirements.
The revolutionary MAXIMUM material combines the established, classical characteristics that have always set Fiandre’s porcelain stoneware tiles apart, with new exceptional, high performance qualities: strength, lightness, flexibility and ductility, with a choice of finishes from sophisticated matte finishes to the bright sheen of a polished finish.
Green, Natural, Safe.
Environmental focus is vital to the Graniti Fiandre production of porcelain surfacing products that are and always have been sustainable, green and environmentally-friendly because they are made with 100% all natural minerals.
They are also sustainable because of what isn’t there:
No sealants, waxes, epoxies, man-made binders, or artificial colouring agents that could add to harmful VOC off-gassing after installation.
A commitment to sustainability necessitates a thorough understanding of a product’s future. MAXIMUM Porcelain Panels are designed to last a lifetime. With a hardness rating 30% harder than granite and a low porosity rating, Fiandre materials are more durable than any other hard surfacing product.
These characteristics result in a reduction of future materials usage, along with a high stain resistance that reduces maintenance requirements. Fiandre materials are also chemically inert making them stable fill for use in construction sites and as ground material in road beds, which reduces the need for quarried gravel.
Fiandre’s worldwide corporate environmental stewardship is hallmarked with significant investments in materials usage efficiency, water resource management, air quality protection, and energy efficiency.
NEOLITH is the largest sintered compact surface, which offers the most efficient solutions for the most demanding architectural projects, as well as an extensive combination of colours and finishes, making it a designer product that can be used in numerous applications for interiors, exteriors and furnishings.
Lightweight, waterproof, easy to clean, hygienic, resistant to high temperatures, resistant to wear + tear, resistant to bending and environmentally friendly.
The Natural Choice
NEOLITH emerged from the evolution of treatment processes of construction materials. NEOLITH combines the finest raw materials with the most advanced industrial technology.
NEOLITH is 100% eco-friendly, using natural materials and technologies that respect the environment.
NEOLITH obtains its colours from 100% natural pigments that withstand the passage of time. NEOLITH is entirely made up of natural clays, feldspar, silica and mineral oxides.
As much as you can imagine. Neolith at home, avantgarde designs and aesthetics. The infinite options of colour combinations and finishes create exceptional and unique spaces with perfect finishes.
New State-of-the-Art Products Combining Functionality + Beauty
The Infinite options of colour combinations and finishes create exceptional and unique spaces. Perfect finishes. Suitable for direct contact with food, waterproof and easy to clean.
Lightweight, Resistant and Versatile
The size of our slabs makes NEOLITH the perfect solution for large surfaces, with fewer joints and excellent mechanical properties. Easy to transport, handle and install. Resistant to bending, wear and tear. 100% resistant to fire and high temperatures without giving off any toxic fumes.
One of NEOLITH’s main uses is for ventilated facades and curtain wall applications thanks to its lightness, resistance to atmospheric agents, colour resistance with no pigment deterioration, and its large dimensions, which facilitate rapid coverage of the whole surface area. NEOLITH comes in a wide range of colours for different styles of facades.
NEOLITH IS EASY TO CLEAN -Resistant to strong chemical cleaning agents such as bleach and ammonia, easy to clean and maintain.
NEOLITH IS HYGIENIC – Does not emit any harmful substances and is perfectly safe for food preparation.
NEOLITH IS RESISTANT TO HIGH TEMPERATURES -Does not burn, release smoke or toxic substances when subjected to high temperatures
NEOLITH IS RESISTANT TO TEAR AND WEAR – Its hard surface makes it resistant to scratches and abrasions.
NEOLITH IS IMPERVIOUS TO HIGH TRAFFIC – Suitable for flooring in homes and commercial applications.
NEOLITH IS WATERPROOF – It is waterproof with an absorption level of almost zero making it highly stain resistant and easy to maintain.
NEOLITH IS RESISTANT TO FREEZING – Its dense construction makes it resistant to low temperatures.
NEOLITH IS CHROMATIC RESISTANT – Neolith colours do not vary with exposure to UV rays.