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Quality and colour selection are key

by Darren
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The quality of the product, its unique properties and the carefully selected colour option all played a critical role in this successful flooring installation.

When it came to the renovation of the Cajamar Group building in Almería in the Andalusian region of Spain, the architecture studio, Arapiles Arquitectos Asociasos 15, S.L.P. turned to Dekton by Cosentino. The project entailed the installation of indoor flooring, outdoor paving and stairs, inter alia.

Dekton by Cosentino was specified for the indoor flooring as the product creates an image of high quality and brightness in areas paved with this material. From a functional point of view, the slab’s hardness and its hardwearing properties in areas of continuous foot traffic make it the ideal product for spaces that are used intensively. Its ease of maintenance is also a big drawcard, especially in buildings exposed to high levels of activity.

The slabs’ thickness measures 12mm and 2 500m² was installed. The colour Danae was used for the indoor as well as the exterior flooring. The project necessitated a colour with a Solar Reflectance Index of SRI˃78, and therefore had to be very light in order to avoid a “heat island” effect. Dekton in the colour Danae, with its creamy colour and matte finish, inspired by Roman travertine, creates a classic warm look and feel, which suited the building’s technical requirements.

Staircases also have very specific requirements, not only from a visual perspective, but also from a safety point of view. This is why Dekton in Danae was used specifically for the inner stairwells of the building as they do not receive much daylight. The light, creamy colour of this option prevents these spaces from being engulfed in darkness, affording good step-to-step and staircase-to-staircase visibility.

Much emphasis was placed on the staircases as they are a continuation of the flooring in a building and have to withstand a lot of foot traffic daily. Once again, Dekton was considered the best choice as it is highly resistant to abrasion and offers numerous strength properties. Another advantage is the fact that the steps could be manufactured in one piece, eliminating any of the challenges faced when joints are present. Both 12mm and 20mm slabs were specified, with a total of 1 000 linear metres installed.

Dekton take great pride in their sustainability attributes when it comes to any project. The new Cajamar headquarters has a LEED GOLD Sustainable Buildings Certification, issued by the US Green Building Council. In addition, the building has obtained the “A” Energy Rating awarded by the Andalusian Energy Agency. According to the Guide to Sustainability, the facilities meet 98 out of the 100 sustainability parameters, and the building is rated as “excellent”. Cosentino also has an ISO 14001 rating, which certifies both its quality and environmental management systems.

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