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All the solid surfaces we offer come with at least a 10 year warranty.
Solid surfaces have the following features:
- High Resale Value
- Integrated Kitchen Sinks (No lip to trap dirt)
- Smooth, Solid, Inconspicuous Seams
- Unlimited Variety of Edge Treatments
- Coved Backsplash Possible (Inconspicuous/Seamless)
- Non-porous therefore Superior Stain Resistance
- Solid Colours Available
- Superior Heat Resistance
- Superior Scratch Resistance
- Wall/End Panels – We advice against sticking wall/end panels to the worktop, this is because for every metre of Solid Surface there must be a +/- ½ mm per metre tolerance for movement. Solid Surface must be allowed to breath – it will naturally expand and detract throughout its’ lifecycle. Therefore if you were to stick a panel to the end, there is a possibility that the joint will crack. Should a customer insist that an end/wall panel be stuck to their worktop – we cannot guarantee the joint and they will have to sign a disclaimer!
Certain colours are not advised to be used in a kitchen – this is because they have higher levels of natural pigments and may require more maintenance. Should a customer choose to have one of these colours they will have to sign a disclaimer.
What is Solid Surface
Solid surface countertops have been around for over 25 years now. And it's one milestone that solid surface countertops certainly deserve. While some countertop innovations are fads and trends that will disappear before long (i.e., concrete), the solid surface counter is a true mainstay of the modern kitchen. The beauty of Solid Surface is that there are no joints and looks like one piece when fitted.
The Problems of Not Having a Solid Surface Countertop
Cooks have long been trying to find the perfect countertop material. At one time, wood or butcher block were favoured materials, but one problem with wood is that it is porous. Ceramic tile has those much-hated grout lines which make it impossible to roll out large sections of pie dough. Even the popular granite and marble options are not perfect: they are expensive, prone to cracking, and can even be damaged by hot pans.
Going Beyond Formica and the Laminates
Laminate surfacing, a nearly 100 year old material, came to fore in the 1960s as the premium surface for countertops. Mostly known as the brand Formica, laminate is a minimally heat resistant "sandwich" of paper or fabric impregnated by melamine resin. Designs and colours were no longer limited to the imagination, and completely smooth surfaces were now possible. But the downside of laminate is that it easily chips, it burns under hot pans, and the core material (usually composition wood) is not very strong.