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Benefits of Solid Surface Products

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.

Unique shapes

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.

High Strength

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.

 

Top 6 Home Improvement Investments

Considering a home improvement? Check out the top 6 home improvements across the country.

1. Bathroom Remodel/Addition
A bathroom remodel is a smaller, affordable remodeling project that can have a great impact on your everyday life. From updating tired fixtures to adding more storage to creating a relaxing haven, any changes you make to your bathroom are guaranteed to improve your daily routine.

Bathroom remodeling wish list: New cabinetry and storage, artistic sink fixtures, jetted tub, skylight

2. Kitchen Remodel
Today’s kitchens are at the hub of family life, often serving as a dining area, home office, and gathering place. Whether you choose a major kitchen remodel or just want to rejuvenate one aspect with new lighting, appliances, cabinetry or tile, updating your kitchen can make it easier to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Kitchen remodeling wish list: Granite countertops, walk-in pantry, state-of-the-art appliances

3. Basement Remodel
Remodeling the basement is a cost-effective way to greatly expand your home’s living space. Suddenly you could have a guest room, a children’s play room, a home office, a recreation room. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Basement remodeling wish list: Media room, bar, soundproofing, plenty of natural light

4. Windows
New window installation offers a great opportunity to upgrade your home in style and resale value. Not to mention, with nearly 40 percent of central heating lost through windows and doors, quality window replacement with proper insulation ensures substantial savings on utility bills.

Window wish list: Custom windows, UV protection glazing, tubular skylights

5. Siding
One of the most overlooked home improvements, new siding will dramatically change your home’s appearance. In the past there weren’t many siding options to choose from, leaving homeowners few choices besides the often unattractive vinyl siding. But today there are a wide variety of options available, including the much improved vinyl options, not to mention metal, wood, brick, stone and stucco.

Siding wish list: Natural bark siding, natural stone siding, reclaimed brick

6. Roofing
For many homeowners a new roof is a grudge purchase. However, with all the many options available today, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Today roofing materials are available in wood, metal, tile, slate, and even asphalt shingles that mimic nearly everything else. And of these roofing materials offer a wide color palette to choose the best color to complement your home’s exterior.