Solid surface is a non-porous low-maintenance countertop surface. It can mimic the appearance of stone, wood and other naturally occurring materials, and can be joined 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 bathtubs. Sheet goods can also be heated and bent into three-dimensional shapes using a process called thermoforming, which adds to the versatility of the product. Colour and design flexibility are key factors when choosing engineered composites over natural stone.
Solid surface is manufactured by mixing acrylic or polyester resin with powdered bauxite filler and pigments. The material chemically cures and is heated to 60°C or more. Cured material is then cut in sheets or shapes and sanded on one or both sides depending the brand used. Sometimes the material is brought to 160°C and cooled, to improve its heat resistance
- Solid surfaces is used in the following environment:
- Kitchen/Bathroom: kitchen worktops with integrated sink, vanity countertop, bath tub etc.
- Hospitality/Catering: bars, tables, reception desks etc.
- Shop Fitting: displays, counters, wall cladding etc.
- Airports: check-in counters
- Public buildings: displays in museums, facades, meeting tables etc.
- Hospitals: laboratory countertops, decontamination sinks