12 36 16 Solid Surfacing Countertops

12 36 16 Solid Surfacing Countertops


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2

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8.5" x 11"

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Word Doc

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Unlimited Projects

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Solid Surfacing Countertops

Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification for Architects to specify solid surfacing countertops, splashes, and aprons.

 

Solid surfacing is composed of acrylic or polyester resins, aggregates, and coloring agents formed into solid sheets that can be fabricated using tools and procedures similar to those used for natural stone.

 

Some panels also contain recycled glass, porcelain, or tile, which may improve hardness, resistance to heat and chemicals, and flammability.

 

Solid surfaces are usually prefabricated at the installer’s shop and then assembled on site. The material is readily glued and the glue joints are then sanded, leaving almost no visible trace of the joint. The edge treatment for solid-surface countertops can be very elaborate.

 

The material itself is usually only about 12 mm (1/2 inch) thick so an edge is usually created by stacking up two or three layers of the material. The built-up edge then can be shaped to a rounded edge or an ogee. Fancier edge treatments are more expensive.

 

To learn more about solid surfaces, visit Wikipedia.

 

Related SimpleSpecs™ master specifications: 

Natural stone countertops –  12 36 40 – Stone Countertops.

Simulated stone countertops – 12 36 61 – Cultured Marble Countertops.

Solid surfacing countertops – 06 61 16 – Solid Surfacing Fabrications.

 

Solid Surfacing Countertops

       
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