What is Solid Surface? Why do you need it?
You may be wondering... What is solid surface, really? Where did it come from? How is it made? What do you do with solid surface? Why should you do anything with it at all? Here are some of the basics of solid surface so you can see its benefits for yourself!
Where did it come from?
In 1963, United States, Don Slocum had an idea to create a durable, sanitary and aesthetically pleasing product that was homogenous in material and colour.
Slocum collaborated with researchers and engineers at DuPont to create the first sheets of Solid Surface in 1964, which they called Corian®. Many companies have since created their own brands of solid surface.
How it’s made? Easy as a cake!
Making Solid Surface is like baking a cake. A cake needs dry ingredients, liquids, food dyes and decorations. Likewise, to create solid surface, you need a filler, a binder, pigments and particulates. Here’s a closer look at each of those “ingredients”:
The filler is the dry ingredient in the cake—the flour, the sugar, the baking soda. In solid surface, the filler of choice is mostly Alumina Tri-hydrate (ATH), which is a natural mineral in form of powder and it adds tensile strength to the final product.
The binder is the syrupy liquid that holds all of the ingredients together, like the eggs in the cake. Resin is the most common binder used in solid surface, and it is found naturally in plants
Pigments are dyes that are added to the mix to achieve any colour desired. They’re the food colouring in the cake mix. Because of the vast number of pigments and the thousands of colour combinations, there are nearly limitless colour options for solid surface.
Particulates are different-sized chips of solid surface that are added back into the mix to make patterns or designs in the final product. These are the sprinkles on the cake. These, too, allow for a nearly limitless number of designs and textures, including mimicking natural stone finishes.