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. The sheeting is fabricated using tools and procedures similar to natural stone.
Some panels also contain recycled glass, porcelain, or tile, improving hardness, resistance to heat and chemicals, and flammability.
Solid surfaces are usually prefabricated at the installer’s shop and then assembled on site. Glue is used to bond the material, then sanding it to leave almost no visible trace of the joint. The edge treatment for solid-surface countertops can be very elaborate.
The material itself is usually 12 mm (1/2 inch) thick, so an edge is generally created by stacking up two or three layers of the material. The built-up edge can then 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.
The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
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