Solid Surfaces For a Variety of Spaces
Solid surfaces are everywhere, even if we are not aware of them. They are not only used for surfaces at home, but also for hospitals and medical centres, restaurants and hotels, among many others.
Some of the most important features of this material include its flexibility, versatility and how easy it is to clean. Moreover, these surfaces provide a solution to many of the most challenging projects, as they offer a wide range of combinations that can be included in many different spaces. In the following section, we will delve deeper into more of the defining characteristics, where these surfaces are used, as well as different brands that are on the market for the material.
What are Solid Surfaces?
Solid Surfaces, mainly found in counter top installations, are made of non-porous and homogeneous material. Thanks to these characteristics, they are often used in humid surfaces such as kitchens and toilets. They are also commonly used in the restaurant industry and medical centres. The materials is made of minerals that are very similar to natural rock. This makes the surface very comfortable to the touch and resistant against all forms of spills and stains.
Characteristics of Solid Surfaces:
Solid surfaces are made of non porous and homogenous material. Thanks to these characteristics, they are often used in humid surfaces such as kitchens and toilets. They are generally made with one third of acrylic resin and two thirds natural minerals, although the composition may vary according to the brand making the solid surface.
The natural minerals include aluminium hydroxide AI (OH)3, which is a derivative of bauxite which serves to produce aluminium. Its chemical resistance and physical properties make it a perfect basic material to construct solid surfaces.
Its other characteristics include its flexibility and versatility. The material can be adapted to any type of design, as well as the needs of any space where it is installed. Some surfaces can even include lighting, projected images or textures in 3D, among many other possibilities. Moreover, they are very easy to clean and take care of. In the event that they suffer damage, they can be easily reconstructed, however it is difficult for them to break in the first place because of their durability and resistance.
Lastly, it is important to highlight that they are able to withstand drastic changes in temperature and humidity. For that reason they are used for surfaces in kitchens as well as covering the facades of building walls.
Where Are Solid Surfaces Used?
Solid surfaces are used in many areas as they are made of non porous and homogenous material that has the appropriate physical and chemical properties. They are used in medical centres, hotels, kitchens, toilets, wall facade coverings and construction in general. Moreover, they are used in the ceramic industry and as a catalyst for chemical reactions. Below, you will see a list of the spaces in which solid surfaces are most often used:
Solid surfaces have excellent hygienic properties. This material makes it difficult for bacteria and fungi to breed and thrive in the corners or for dirt and grime to build up. They are generally used for sinks, showers and bathroom counter tops.
As this material is non-porous and easily cleaned, it is excellent for all types of kitchen use, such as homes, restaurants, hotels or hospitals, among other locations. Also, as its surface is evenly distributed and it hardly has any cracks where the materials meets, it is also great for food preparation. For this reason, it is commonly used for counter tops as well as kitchen sinks.
- Medical Centres:
Solid surfaces are a favourite for medical centres. They are commonly found in hospitals, medical consultant centres, beauty salons, dental clinics, surgical rooms, among many others.
These centres require hygienic and clean materials which makes solid surfaces a perfect fit. Also, as its composition is non-toxic, it helps to stop bacteria, germs and mould from forming. Within each sanitary centre, these surfaces are inserted into laboratory counter tops, hand washing stations, information centres, cleaning rooms, check-in desks, surgical room walls, dining areas and patient waiting areas.
In addition to all of the properties listed in the previous sections, these surfaces are also highly used in the restaurant industry as they offer a wide variety of possibilities for design and they easily adapt to any space. Its cleanliness also makes it ideal for places where hygiene is fundamental. They are often used in kitchen counter tops, bars, sinks, desks or wall panels, etc.
- Building Coating
As this material is highly resistant and can withstand unfavourable weather conditions, it can also be used for ventilated wall coverings. This is one of the best coatings for buildings, because when faced with abrupt and harsh changes in temperature and humidity, its properties are not altered.
Brands of Solid Surfaces
Solid surfaces, like many other materials, have different brands that sell it and depending on which it is, the composition of the material varies. Standards are generally respected for each one of the materials that form it. Some of the brands that manufacture solid surfaces include:
- Krion de Porcelanosa ®
- LG Hi-macs®
The construction material for solid surfaces was developed by DuPont and was launched in 1967 by the brand Corian®. After the 1970s, other brands were developed such as Hi- Macs, produced by LG hausys, Staron®, made by Lotte Advanced Materials, Krion, commercialised by Sysstempool within the Porcelanosa group or Avonite produced by Aristech Surfaces.
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