Once thought to be too uniform in pattern and lacking in character, are all things of the past. Manufacturers have made great strides in offering unique interpretations that mimic; bold, dramatic veins of exotic granites, to the soft delicately defined marbled swirls, and transcending over to a full line, palette of clean solid hues, there is sure to be something to compliment any décor. Strong, durable, virtually maintenance free, and a wide array of patterns and colors to choose from, are just a few of the reasons why this easy care, manmade product continues to grow in popularity.
The allure of natural stone is unique, engaging and ever changing, with no two slabs ever being exactly identical. Granite, Quartzite and Soapstone continue to be popular choices for high usage areas such as kitchens. The composition of natural stone varies greatly. Research not only your choice of material, but color also. Absolute Black Granite is extremely dense and hard, while most Exotic Granites typically have a higher mica content making them more fragile and porous.
In 1967, DuPont chemist, Dr. Donald Slocum created a revolutionary new product, comprised primarily of acrylic polymer, under the brand name of Corian. In 1971, Corian was first introduced for sale at the National Association of Home Builder’s meeting in Houston, Texas. After the expiration of the Corian patent, numerous companies began marketing their own versions of Solid Surface. Corian continues to lead the industry with an innovative design palette: Available in over 100 colors, random patterns that mimic the look of natural stone, subtle metallics and Deep Color Technology.