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Designers love experimenting with colours and choosing solid surfacing products, but what about technical information? When technical guidelines are overlooked in favour of style and looks, it can end up in a job that is not done to your best ability. Your clients may be happy initially, only to start to notice wear and tear after a short time. They may be unaware of heat or stain resistance warnings, causing damage to their surfaces soon after installation. Understanding and following technical information is therefore highly important when specifying solid surfacing.
The Importance of Following Technical Information When Choosing Solid Surfacing Products
There are many reasons to fully understand the technical details when choosing any solid surfacing products. To get the best results, you need to be sure that you have chosen the correct product for your needs. You also need to keep the following technical guidelines in mind.
One of the most common reasons for solid surfaces to not look the way that they are meant is poor installation. There are technical guidelines that outline the process of installation thoroughly. You will need to hire a professional, experienced installer rather than attempt to do it yourself. Even then, certain types of surfacing will have unique installation requirements that the installer will follow. This is to ensure that the client’s surfacing is installed in a way that delivers a smooth, seamless finish with no visible issues. Using a qualified installer also ensures the product is warranteed.
There are also warnings to consider. Just like any other type of material, solid surface material needs to be handled and installed carefully. Once again, a good installer will be able to follow the guidelines carefully. A poorly trained installer or worse, a DIY installation attempt without an understanding of such warnings can result in damage. Placing very hot objects onto surfaces can also lead to damage, which is always outlined in the instructions. It can also be dangerous, with the chance of injury if the installation is not done according to manufacturer guidelines.
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Finally, most technical guidelines also give clear instructions on how to maintain the surfacing. These guidelines will be explained to you by the manufacturer. For example, you will be told what to avoid, ensuring that your client’s countertops or surfaces remain in optimal condition, year after year. You will also be able to view instructions on how to clean surfaces, how to remove minor scratches and how to avoid any type of damage over the years.
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