Acrylic solid surface material is composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. It's used in architectural elements, kitchen countertops, vanity tops, furniture and comercial modern area.
Acrylic solid surface sheets are manufactured in 6-24mm thicknesses, Cross-section cuts show consistent color and particulate patterning evenly distributed throughout the material. Nicks and scratches can be buffed out with a Scotch-Brite pad or orbital sander. In the fabrication process, joints can be made invisible by joining the relevant pieces with own color-matched two-part acrylic epoxy. After the adhesive dries, the area is sanded and polished to create a seamless joint.
Solid surface is also well-known because of the many cast shapes in about 150 different colours.
Acrylic Solid surface is a non-porous low-maintenance countertop surface. It can mimic the appearance of stone,wood and other naturally occurring materials. 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. 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. Color and design flexibility are key factors when choosing engineered composites over natural stone.
In a residential setting, Acrylic solid surface can be used as kitchen countertops,bathroom vanity tops,Furnitures, profilr wall claddings,shower and tub surrounds.
A major appeal of solid surface is its seamless nature. Engineered composites have a gel coat surface finish which makes them impervious to bacteria, staining and most of the problems inherent in natural stone. Solid surface sinks can be joined to the countertop surface with no gaps, which eliminates areas for water to collect and bacteria to grow. Integral backsplashes can also be created that follow the contours of the wall “seamlessly” and without gaps.
Should the material become scratched or broken, solid surface can, in most cases, be repaired quickly by company or trained fabricator. Because the surface is solid throughout, a countertop that has undergone years of wear and tear can be refinished. The installed product is available in a variety of finishes, ranging from matte to high-gloss, although most manufacturers recommend a matte or satin finish for ease of maintenance.
Acrylic solid surface is available in hundreds of colors and visual textures, ranging from solid colors to marbleized ,granite effect or wood grain. Cultured marble, cultured granite, and cultured onyx describe solid surfaces colored to resemble natural stone. Dozens of multinational companies manufacture solid surface sheet goods and sinks for the world market; and hundreds of smaller, regional manufacturers produce for local markets.
Although acrylic solid surface faces competition from natrual stone and engineered stone/Quartz surfacing, the material is still popular, particularly in residential new construction. An emerging market for solid surface is in commercial and industrial settings, where its non-porous characteristics, combined with durability, renew-ability and form-ability make it the material of choice for many designer and architects. Also appealing, is the wide range of colors and textures, as well as the ability to custom-color the material for large projects. Hospitals, in particular, employ large amounts of solid surface for sinks, showers,nursing station and wall cladding, because its seamless properties eliminate gaps and crevices that harbor harmful bacteria.
A surface fabricator shapes and installs functional and decorative surfaces, usually in buildings. Surface fabrication, as a distinct professional enterprise, usually involves complex tasks of surface shaping. A leading case is countertop fabrication.
For interior spaces, surfaces include solid coverings or decking for floors or walls, and countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, and workspaces. Natural surfaces are composed of naturally occurring materials like wood, stone, mineral, clay, gum and resin. Synthetic surfaces contain, in addition to any natural materials, man-made substances such as metal alloys or polymers. Solid surfaces are synthetic surfaces manufactured from polymeric materials.
Acrylic Solid surfaces is used in the following environment:
- Kitchen/Bathroom: kitchen worktops with integrated sink, vanity countertop, bath tub etc.
- Hospitality/Catering: bars, restaurant, tables,recepton desks etc.
- Shop Fitting: displays, counters, wall cladding etc.
- Airports: check-in counters
- Public buildings: displays in museums, facades, meeting tables etc.
Acrylic Solid surface is priced to compete with natural stone or quartz surfacing. It is available in many colors and patterns. The material can be formed to shape, which makes it appealing to commercial and industrial designers. Specialist fabricators possess the skills and knowledge necessary to provide advice and customer service.