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"Solid Suface" Kitchen Benchtop Materials

The term "Solid Surface" benchtop material, refers to a group of Benchtop and Splashback materials which are man made materials, being of Composite Acrylic Polymers. This man made Solid Surface technology has resulted in the development of a range of surfaces that are not only practical, hygienic and hard wearing but they are also good-looking.


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Composite Acrylic Benchtops

South Australia's most popular manufacturers of Acrylic Polymer Solid Surface are the Brands; Corian, Freestyle, Hi-Macs and Staron, all available in a large selection of Solid Colours or Composite Stone-Look Patterns, that have a small degree of depth and matt / satin finish. Acrylic sheet materials are available in a mixed range of thickness' with 12mm, 6mm that can then be built-up on the edges.

The big advantages of Acrylic sheet are that your Benchtops can be joined together with near invisible seams, the Acrylic can be machined just like timber, and can also be heat-formed. Heat forming bends the sheeting, allowing drop-front tops to have seamless bowed fronts and permitting Benchtop designs that flow up into bar tops and down onto tables. These Acrylic Polymers allow you greater creative freedom.




Acrylic is a warm-to-touch material that is non-porous, easy to clean, stain resistant. If accidentally damaged it can be repaired without a trace because it can be liquid filled, sanded, and buffed.


Most Acrylic sheet manufacturers recommend that Kitchen Benchtop surfaces are finished off in a Matt or a Satin texture, but it is possible to buff Acrylic Polymer to a Semi-gloss, or Full-gloss finish. These gloss finishes can however easily become scratched, requiring constant maintenance by the owner.


Extra caution is needed with Acrylic Polymer Benchtops when using heat-generating appliances, particularly portable appliance types  placed over a Benchtop's  joint because Acrylic Polymer is not heat or burn resistant, nor is it resistant to cracking under load or damage by strong solvents.


Despite these, the great features of Acrylic Polymer Benchtops are those of being able to make near invisible joint and that these manufacturers also make a range of Acrylic Sinks that can be seamlessly integrated into your Benchtop deck; Corian even have some sinks in matching colours and Stainless Steel inset bottoms. The Stainless Steel, improves the sink's durability.


Adding Style and Value to your kitchen renovation is important and to that end, these Acrylic Polymer manufacturers fully back their products, Corian & Staron offer a Ten-Year limited Warranty and Hi-Mac & Freestyle provides a Fifteen-Year, limited Warranty.



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