Ultra-compact surfaces are a relatively new option for architects and designers who combine the look and feel of natural stone (and other materials) with outstanding physical and mechanical properties.

A relatively new addition to the options of surfaces for building interiors and exteriors, ultra-compact surfaces were introduced over the last decade to offer architects and designers many benefits for modern architecture, both in design and structure.

Developed to overcome many of the limitations of natural stone, these decorative surfaces replicate the look and feel of stone, wood, metal or other natural materials, but with outstanding physical and mechanical characteristics making them more resistant, more sustainable and easier to transport and install.

They are manufactured using a concept of ultra-compaction, which allows the creation of sizes and thinness that was previously unimaginable combined with exceptional flexural strength and performance. This high level of compaction contributes significantly to the material’s low porosity, making it a low-maintenance, long-life product.

Applications
By overcoming many of the limitations of natural stone, ultra-compact surfaces offer architects and designers infinite design possibilities. Thanks to its technical characteristics, it can be used virtually anywhere since it can withstand extreme conditions.

It is ideal for ventilated facades, bonded facades, curtain walls, cladding of indoor and outdoor walls, indoor and outdoor flooring, staircases as well as kitchen and bathroom countertops, swimming pools and more.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Dekton by Cosentino and Neolith by TheSize for the information given to write this article.

Benefits of compact surfaces
•    Resistant to high temperatures.
•    Resistant to ice and freezing.
•    Resistant to high pressure and weight loads.
•    Ultraviolet (UV) resistant.
•    Resistant to stains and abrasions.
•    Suitable for heavy traffic.
•    Easy to clean.
•    Waterproof and liquid resistant.
•    Hygienic.
•    Resin-free.
•    Recyclable.

Caption: External cladding with compact surfaces on a residential home.
Courtesy of Neolith by TheSize