Learn About Ultra-Compact Surfaces

What are Ultra Compact Surfaces?

‘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.

Dekton, Neolith, Lapitec and Laminam

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.

How are Ultra Compact Surfaces made?

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).

What Properties Do Ultra Compact Surfces Have?

UCS all share share similar properties. Some of these may include:

  • Resistant to high temperatures
  • Resistant to UV light rays
  • Scratch resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Recyclable Natural
  • Resistant to weathering and foot traffic
  • Easy to clean
  • Resistant to impact damage

Applications of Ultra Compact Surfaces

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.

Finishes and Styles

Many different finishes are available, from honed, polished, semi-Polished, satin and river-washed.

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