Solid surface products are made in acrylic, polyester, or other hard synthetic materials and primarily used for kitchen and bathroom hardware like sinks, shower walls, service counters, and tubs. Solid surface is a highly versatile material that can provide a wide range of advantages in relation to aesthetics and performance. But, before installing this type of product it benefits to request a sample because certain materials are liable to scratch quite easily.
Because of the design flexibility, texture, and color options, these products have become a firm favorite with homeowners, architects, and builders in the process of renovating a property.
Here are five of the solid surface advantages:
Easy to clean
Similar to natural quartz or stone, a solid surface sink is easily integrated into a work surface to create a very streamlined and smooth look which is appreciated for its easy to clean surface. Because this material is 100% non-porous it is very sanitary and great for use in the kitchen or other eating areas.
Impervious to stains
The non-porous nature of these products means there is less chance of foods or liquids being able to penetrate the surface which lowers the risk of stains, bacteria, and mildew.
These modern surfaces are made of materials like polyester or acrylic resins which are easily heat sculpted to create the more unique shapes and configurations. Polyester is appreciated for its ability to hold the darker colors, while acrylic is a lot more pliable which makes it easier to create the more distinctive shapes. Also, the manufacturing process can make it possible for this material to appear like other materials, such as stone.
Does not fade
Even if the solid surface products are installed in kitchen with bright open windows the material is able to resist UV damage and isn’t likely to fade in the future.
The design of the solid surface products means it is stronger than a material like laminate because the plastic goes the entire way through the surface. This means it is more effective at standing up to impact damage.
Any potential downsides to these products
Even though the solid surface products are generally hard-wearing they aren’t the strongest option to install in the bathroom or kitchen. In fact, many of these products rely on a material that is softer than certain alternatives like quartz composite. Care should be taken to avoid denting, scratching, or nicking the items in an acrylic polymer composite. It is possible to repair the defects in the surface, but it helps to use a special repair kit.