Why Solid Surface?
Solid surface is a non-porous, renewable, low-maintenance
countertop surface. A man-made product, it has the ability
to mimic the appearance of stone, wood and other naturally
occurring materials, yet can be joined nearly invisibly by a
trained craftsman. Typically manufactured in sheet form for
fabrication into finished countertops, solid surface can
also be cast into a variety of shapes, including sinks,
shower pans and even bathtubs. Sheet goods can also be
heated and bent into three-dimensional shapes using a
process called thermoforming, which greatly adds to the
flexibility and versatility of the product.
In a residential setting, solid surface can be used with
excellent results as kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity
tops and shower and tub surrounds. Countertop professionals,
known as "fabricators,” typically seam solid surface sheets
into desired shapes using a two-part adhesive, after which
the cured joint is machined perfectly flat. The same
technology is used to create extra thick edges, which can be
machined using similar tools and techniques as those used to
work with hardwoods.
A major appeal of solid
surface is its seamless nature. Solid surface sinks can be
joined to the countertop surface with no gaps, which
eliminates areas for water to collect and bacteria to grow.
Integral backsplashes can also be created that follow the
contours of the wall "seamlessly” and without gaps.
Easily Repairable & So Much Variety
Should the material become scratched or broken, solid
surface can, in most cases, be repaired quickly by a trained
fabricator to make the product look and perform "good as
new.” Most manufactures offer a minimum 10-year installed
warranty. Because solid surface is solid throughout, a
countertop that has undergone years of wear and tear can be
refinished to look as fresh and clean as the day it was
installed. The installed product is available in a variety
of finishes, ranging from matte to high-gloss, although most
manufacturers recommend a matte or satin finish for ease of
Solid surface is also
available in hundreds of colors and visual textures, ranging
from solid colors to marbleized, granite effect or wood
grain. Newly developed fillers and production techniques
make it possible to create solid surface colors and patterns
that transcend the natural, to mimic the techno-culture of
the 21st Century.
Uses & Limitations
Kitchen and bathroom countertops, tub surrounds, shower
stalls and shower pans, wall cladding in residential and
commercial settings, retail fixtures, areas that have a
large amount of moisture, reception desks, hospital rooms
and nursing stations, and food service areas.
Certain high-heat applications (anything above 400 degrees
F) are discouraged, due to the increased danger of cracking.
Also, because scratches in solid surface appear white to the
human eye, most dark colors are not recommended for high use