Solid Surface Countertops: Everything You Need to Know in 2018

It's 2018 and if you still have no idea about solid surface countertops, consider yourself out of trend (Yeah, no kidding)!  Therefore, this article is about to cover everything you need to know about this spectacular product offered to you by Stone Amperor.

Amongst the other countertop materials offered by Stone Amperor, solid surfaces are synthesized from a variety of materials ranging from marble dust, bauxite, acrylic, epoxy or polyester. You can mostly chance upon them at kitchens, restaurants, hotels and airports.

Coming in a wide number of colours and designs, solid surface countertops give homeowners and interior designers the freedom to create their desired ambience. They are also all-time favourites for young working adults who simply wish to build their countertop with no fuss.

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2 Types of Solid Surface

Before making any purchase decision, you need to be familiar with the two main types of solid surface that Stone Amperor has to offer, i.e. Polyester Solid Surface and Acrylic Solid Surface.

1) Polyester Solid Surface

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Practical, attractive and affordable, the reliability of polyester solid surfaces is the sole reason why our customers regard them as the top solid surface countertop choice. Examples of brands offered by Stone Amperor include 3S Solid Surface and Imperial Solid Surface.

I) 3S Polyester Solid Surface

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Known for its visual depth, colours and has resistances to chemicals that acrylics do not, 3S Polyester Solid Surface is most appreciated for its high-gloss finish.

Furthermore, it is customizable in the sense that you can mould it to an infinite number of shape.

(II) Imperial Solid Surface

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Imperial Solid Surface is an advanced composite product which people use as a decorative material in a variety of residential and commercial applications thanks to its durability, practical functionality and design versatility.

In addition, conventional woodworking tools are able to fabricate it into virtually any design as it comes in multiple sheets and various shapes.

2) Acrylic Solid Surface

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Acrylic solid surfaces boasts several advantages such as their thermoformability and easy fabrication that make them versatile in design and cheaper to produce.

It is also resistant to chemicals that polyester solid surfaces has no resistance to. However, its prominent feature is its Class 1 fire rating. Examples of popular brands include Lotte StaronCorian and Hanex.

I) Dupont Corian Solid Surface

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Dupont Corian Solid Surface can be whatever your design imagination commands it to be. It is durable and easily renewable because the color runs all the way through the material.

Being nonporous and stain-resistant, it is easy to clean, making it an ideal surface for home kitchens and baths.

II) Lotte Staron Solid Surface

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Lotte Staron Solid Surface is a highly functional and beautiful acrylic material that come with an impressive range of colors. Being tough, stain-resistant and easy to maintain, it has multiple commercial as well as residential uses.

Its non-porousness also indicates that there is nowhere for bacteria and mold to hide and grow. Hence, you can be sure that the solid surfaces are hygienic for all of your family's needs.

III) Hanex Solid Surface

Crafted from a unique blend of natural minerals and acrylic resins, Hanex solid surface can be cut, shaped and formed into an unlimited range of superior designs.

It can be fabricated and installed with inconspicuous seams in residential and commercial applications. While being aesthetic, it is also very durable, giving the best of both worlds.

IV) LG Hausys HI-MACS® Acrylic Solid Surface

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LG Hausys HI-MACS® Acrylic Solid Surface is made up of an intelligent composition of acrylic, natural minerals and pigments. The materials combine to create a smooth, non-porous, thermoformable and visually seamless surface.

The strong and incredibly modern appearance make it a popular choice for countless applications. The material meets the highest standards of quality in terms of performance, fabrication, functionality and hygiene.

HI-MACS® offers countless advantages over conventional materials thanks to its inherent quality and the outstanding flexibility in fabrication and design.

Advantages of Solid Surface

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Perhaps the broad assortment of solid surfaces is not enticing enough for you to check them out. But, do you know they have a couple of strong points that outperform similar products within the industry?

As an essential material used for surfaces such as countertops, solid surface is available in dozens of colors and patterns and can mimic the appearance of granitemarble and stone.

Unlike natural stones,  solid surface can be made seamless and easily fabricated into any space. You can cut, carve, cast and form the material, without any visible seams, to the shape of your choice.

Solid surface is the most durable countertop material ever. They are easy to repair, resist stains and scratches and require little to no maintenance, therefore eliminating much of the hassle of upkeep.

Solid surface is consistently a popular option in the kitchen because of its versatility, durability and non-porosity. It can be joined invisibly so water, crumbs and bacteria won't have a place to hide on it.

Disadvantages of Solid Surface

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While they are a lot of advantages of solid surface, there are also several disadvantages.

Solid surface is vulnerable to heat. As much as they can take some heat, high-heat applications will discolor, scorch and may even disfigure the surface upon contact. This is something beyond repairable.

Solid surface is also not resistant to stronger chemicals as well. Liquids containing harsh chemical compounds such as nail polish and paint removers would possibly corrode the surfaces of countertop.

Cutting directly on to the surface can also damage the surface. As scratches are changing its appearance over time, we recommend the use of hot pads, trivets and cutting boards.

Nevertheless, the disadvantages of solid surface should not be of much concern as long as one takes sufficient precautionary measures while working on the countertop.

In a nutshell, it goes without saying that the solid surface is your go-to choice for countertop material as it is increasingly popular in home construction and remodeling projects.

It's gotten to the point where solid surface countertop is standard in luxury buildings. Having them simply steps up your lovely home to another whole new level.

We hope this article be of great hope to you when it comes to selecting the solid surface brand that suits you best. Kick start your home renovation project and shop your favorite solid surface brand today!

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