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Contemporary design continues to be a popular choice amongst homeowners. As a result, designers are choosing alternative materials for cladding to stay ahead of the trend. Surface cladding delivers an ultra-modern aesthetic paired with extreme long-lasting durability. Read on for examples of unique applications as we explore durable exterior facades, fireplaces that create a design focal point and stunning shower inlays using Silestone and Dekton.
Traditional siding can be replaced by ultra-compact surfaces like Dekton for exterior facades. Dekton has low porosity with a high resistance to freezing and thawing, making it the perfect option for exterior applications, especially in Canada’s notorious unforgiving winter. The colour will never fade or degrade over time unlike conventional facade materials. Colour and style options make it easy to achieve any desired look from high-gloss solid tones to natural stone that mimics beautiful Calacatta marble.
Re-think the classic brick fireplace. Designing a modern yet simplistic fireplace can be easily achieved with Dekton, as the ultra-compact surface is extremely heat resistant. Vancouver designer Jamie Banfield recently designed an open concept condominium with a stunning fireplace wrapped with Dekton in the colour Keon, part of the Tech Collection. The fireplace cladding added an industrial element to the space integrating the look of concrete complemented by the natural wood flooring.
Design possibilities are extensive with over 40 colours to choose from including a variety of finishes that look like natural stone, wood, steel and textured concrete.
Incorporating surfaces like Silestone and Dekton into shower inlays allows designers to create a seamless shower design without grout, further eliminating the chance for soap scum and mold. Both Dekton and Silestone are ideal surfaces for wet areas as they have reduced porosity. They are both available in large-format slabs of more than 3 metres long by more than 1.4m wide, covering the bathroom area with the smallest possible number of pieces. The benefit? Greater continuity in design and better hygiene due to the smaller number of joints. Toronto designer Glen Peloso recently appeared on the Marilyn Denis Show to talk about bathroom innovations and why he loves using Silestone for shower inlay applications. Read more here.