Cosentino has been producing high quality products that have multiple uses (flooring, sinks, shower pans, counter-tops, and even furniture) for over 40 years. Their brands are synonymous with quality, beauty, and the latest advancements in technology. Their Dekton Grip+ product is now raising the bar for flooring manufacturers everywhere. It promises to serve the highest growing population in the United States – The Baby Boomers, with unparalleled safety technology for the home. The hospitality and commercial industries will benefit alike from these anti-slip or non-skid applications for both indoor and outdoor uses. Cosentino is successfully creating flooring technology that will increase safety for the aging-in-place market.
Grip+ allows Dekton® to position itself as the best product for anti-slip applications on the most demanding flooring, whether located inside or outdoors.
Grip+ represents a complete revolution by modifying Dekton® surface structure in a controlled way. Grip+ is joined to the material before the particle sintering process involved in the manufacturing of Dekton®, and therefore it is part of the surface’s molecular structure. The lightly textured surface obtained is homogeneous, uniform and pleasant to the touch. It is also easy to maintain and long-lasting.
The single most important thing we can do as we age is to avoid a fall. “Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the U.S.—making falls the leading cause of injury and death in this age group. 1 in 4 adults will fall each year in the United States, making falls a public health concern, particularly among the aging population.” In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in people aged 65 and older. Falls, however, are not a normal part of aging. Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to help prevent a fall. One of them is to make our home safer.
According to a report released by Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Baby Boomers, motivated by changing accessibility needs, currently spend more money than any other generation on housing renovations – and will continue to do so over the next several years. The Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook predicts that more than half of that spending will come from Baby Boomers looking to “age in place” with safety and accessibility upgrades. Cosentino has positioned itself to be a leader in this market.
Apart from Dekton Grip+, offering anti-slip technology, it comes in a variety of colors that are kind to the aging eye. The colors were created to mimic earth tones. Vision yellows with age. Older eyes are less able to distinguish the difference between blues and greens. Therefore, it is important to choose design finishes that align with our changing visual abilities and acuity. We should avoid using a color palette that is predominately blue, green or another “cool” color. Warm colors like red and yellow are best!
Dekton Grip+ also has a high resistance to UV rays, scratches, heat, and stains and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth, avoiding the need for harsh chemicals, which can contribute to a “sick house” and have harmful effects on people with respiratory issues. In addition, it has very low water absorption, further contributing to good air quality and reducing the risk of mold creation, especially in more hot and humid climates.
This product can also be used on different surfaces in the home, such as flooring, countertops, and in wet areas, making it a versatile and low maintenance option for older adults. Avoiding products with grout lines and polish/gloss and selecting materials that are continuous, as well as low glare also reduces our fall risk. Dekton Grip+ checks all these boxes and more. It is Flooring technology that will increase safety for the Aging In Place Market.
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