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For over five decades, solid surfacing has been the material of choice for a wide range of interior projects. Originally limited to counter tops, this material has gained popularity for its ability to create larger than life facades that are weather-proof, durable, and eye-catching. Developed in the 1960s, solid surface was created to resemble natural stone. Unlike granite and marble, however, this material was non-porous. This enabled it able to withstand wear and tear, without the risk of cracks and damage associated with stone.
For architects, this material offers unique properties that make it ideal for a wide variety of projects. As we settle into the month of love, we’re taking a closer look at what makes architects fall in love with solid surfacing.
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Why Architects Love Solid Surfacing
There are many reasons that architects prefer working with solid surfacing, including the following:
With a diverse range of colours, patterns, and styles available, along with the nearly endless versatility in its application, this material is known for its aesthetic appeal. It can be transformed into just about any shape or structure. Whether used for counter tops, sinks or storage or used to create unique structures for retail outlets, spas, medical practices, offices, waiting rooms, schools or other interior buildings, the material offers plenty of room for innovation and creative vision.
Unlike wood and tile, solid surface materials are easy to clean. Its non-porous nature, combined with its resistance to bacteria (especially in kitchens and laboratories), mould, staining, scratches, weather, and other elements enhance its performance even further. These properties have made it a logical choice in healthcare practices, spas, hospitality environments, and other interiors that require a high level of hygiene.
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Although tile is often accepted to be low maintenance, it requires a great deal of cleaning to prevent mould and water damage over time. Solid surface requires no grout as the surface is continually smooth with no seams. When surface damage occurs, scratches and imperfections can be easily sanded or repolished without the need to replace sections or invest in expensive repairs. From a consumer point of view, this makes the material a worthy investment that adds value year on year.
Thanks to its many advantages and its extensive versatility, this material will remain the perfect choice for architectural projects of all types. Contact us today to learn more about our wide range of solid surfacing products available from Salvocorp.