- Ultra Compact Surfaces (UCS) is a term to describe sintered stone materials
- They are made from natural materials and subject to high pressure and heat
- Brands incude Dekton, Neolith, Lapitec and Laminam
‘Ultra Compact Surfaces’ (UCS) is an umbrella term for a wide range of newly developed surfaces. This group of surfaces are also known as ‘sintered stone’. They are available in standard work surfaces thicknesses (20/30mm) but also in thin sheeting known as board in 3mm and 12mm thicknesses.
Common brands of UCS include Dekton, manufactured by Cosentino, Neolith, Lapitec and Laminam. There are other producers but in the UK these are the main manufacturers.
Most UCS are manufactured in a similar way. The process is described as ‘sintering’ for stone. Natural raw materials (such as fine quartz and stone), as well as glass, are subject to very high pressures and temperatures to fuse these minerals together. The contents of the board are pressed in a machine so that a high amount of force and pressure is applied to the raw materials in the mould. They are then placed in an oven and cooked at very high temperatures. This gives the material the mechanical features that customers look for. (The exact production process remains confidential but above is a summary. There are some similarities between this process and the natural production of stones. These surfaces do not include resin which is the main difference between UCS and quartz).
UCS all share share similar properties. Some of these may include:
Due to these properties, the applications of the material are wide-ranging. It is often used for interior and exterior cladding, floors, walls, facades, and worktops.
Many different finishes are available, from honed, polished, semi-Polished, satin and river-washed.