Solid Surfaces: What You Need To Know
Solid Surfaces haven’t been around as long as other materials and surfaces; however, it’s popularity is quickly growing. So what exactly is solid surface? Keep reading to find out more about what makes this material so popular.
What is Solid Surface?
Solid Surfaces were created in the 1960s by researcher Don Slocum at DuPont™ Chemical Company, according to Shield. Its popularity rose due to its durability, hygienic properties, and customizable design options.
How is it different?
It is extremely durable. And while it can become damaged and morphed due to extreme heat, regular repairs and upkeep are fairly easy. Scratches and dents can easily be sanded down and fixed. Shield also mentions that most manufacturers will guarantee a 10-year warranty, but with regular upkeep and maintenance, solid surface countertops can last a lifetime
Solid surfaces are highly hygienic due to their non-porous structure. Other materials, such as laminate and granite, are porous and thus can trap and hold various types of bacteria. Solid Surfaces are easy to clean and don’t trap bacteria, making them the perfect material for hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Solid Surfaces are extremely customizable and can work in almost any space or environment. Its pigment and shape can easily be changed to fit your specific style or space. In fact, according to Bob Vila, a solid surface can be made to look like stone for a fraction of the price.
Where is it used?
While Solid Surfaces can be used anywhere and everywhere, they’re particularly useful in healthcare settings and high-traffic areas, mentions Shield. High-traffic areas can cause a lot of wear and tear, and solid surface durability helps keep these surfaces and areas looking like new with little damage. Its hygienic nature makes it perfect for the healthcare field, as it’s easy to clean and doesn’t hold bacteria.