In considering different types of material for your remodel or new construction, a solid surface is definitely worth looking at. A solid surface is a man made material, most commonly used for seamless installations of countertops or other surfaces. It has several advantages over its natural materials competition.
A solid surface is non-porous and very low maintenance, which helps account for its popularity in homes and commercial use. It can resemble wood, stone or another natural surface so coveted by designers. A solid surface is made in sheet form in various shapes such as shower pans, bathtubs, sinks, and countertops, vanity tops, and tub surrounds to name just a few.
A solid surface is made by mixing polyester resin or acrylic with pigments and powdered bauxite, cured and heated then cut into sheets or the shapes needed. It is then sanded and the proper finish applied. Finally, the solid surface manufacturer adds a gel coating that is impervious to bacteria, water collection, and staining (unlike natural stone) which makes them ideal for kitchen and bath use. It can be repaired fairly easily if broken or scratched and can be refinished after years of wear and tear.
Designers and consumers alike are attracted by its versatility and reliability as well as all the colors, patterns, and finishes that are produced. It is available in matte, satin, high-gloss and other types of finishes. A solid surface can look like marble or other natural stone yet last years longer and still appear new.
The solid surface market’s biggest competitor is natural and engineered stone and quartz surfaces but it is quickly surpassing these, particularly in the residential construction sector in Asia. Solid surface are being used more and more for commercial purposes since it is durable, non-porous, renewable, and formable. It can be manufactured in custom colors for large projects such as hospitals that need large quantities and consistency for nursing stations, lavatories, laboratory working surfaces, etc.
Solid surface materials are used for:
• kitchen and bathrooms
• hospitality industry for tables, reception desks, bars, room surfaces
• museums and other public buildings common use furniture
• commercial display counters and other fixtures
You can get solid surface manufactured in hundreds of colors and patterns. It can be formed to shapes such as curved surfaces, ovals for sinks, or a waterfall design for a continuous surface from table or countertop to floor. Solid surface is very popular for use in kitchen islands, backsplashes on countertops, and other home and commercial applications.