Monthly Archives: June 2013

Solid Surface 101: A How-To Fabrication Guide

We receive all sorts of questions about all aspects of solid surface material.

What is solid surface made from?

Do you have this specific color of solid surface?

How do I thermoform solid surface?

And we work hard to answer every single one of them. But you being a self-sufficient bunch of people — as fabricators, craftspeople, and DIYers often are — we thought we’d provide you something extra:

A free educational series on everything about solid surface. We’re calling it Solid Surface 101.

Here’s what we plan to cover:

  • Introduction to Solid Surface

  • Who Can Buy Solid Surface Materials and Tools? And Where Do We Get It?

  • The Basics: Cutting, Gluing, Seaming and Finishing Solid Surface

  • Countertop Fabrication Essentials: Templating and Edge Build-Up

  • Solid Surface Sink Installation

  • Advanced Techniques in Solid Surface

  • Solid Surface Tips and Tricks to Make Life Easier

We’ll roll out this series over the next several weeks, starting with basic information on solid surface, tooling, and fabricating.  If you want to stay informed of updates, please sign-up for our newsletter using the form at the bottom of any page.

We plan to answer as many of the questions we’ve received over the last few years as possible in this educational series. If you have any questions, feedback, or would like to see any special features covered, please drop us a note!

The Solid Surface Advantage

As a craftsperson, DIYer, or fabricator, you are always looking for new, cutting-edge, quality materials to expand your options. Solid surface is one of the most versatile and unique materials available. Consider some of the many benefits to using solid surface material:

  • Easy to work with
  • Literally seamless
  • Extremely durable and sustainable
  • Nonporous and hygienic
  • Offered in a wide selection of colors and patterns
  • Easily repaired if damaged
  • No bowing, cupping or warping
  • No grain or splitting to worry about

Solid surface material is also a great alternative to wood. Solid surface is not affected by changing humidity. Its nonporous and hygienic properties make it a perfect countertop choice for water prone areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. In fact, it is so nonporous that you can remove a mark left by a permanent marker, for example, with a mild cleanser and Scotch- Brite® pad.

Another bonus to working with solid surface is that it carries the National Sanitation Foundation certification (NSF 51), which means it’s a suitable surface for a food preparation.

Where can you purchase solid surface material for the best price?

SolidSurface.com offers most major brands to professionals and the public, including homeowners and DIYers. Use our powerful online search tools to locate a specific brand, color, size or price. SolidSurface.com has a huge selection of overstock material in full and partial sheets at a fraction of the price.

Whether you are planning to turn material to make pens or hotplates, or you are working on a large kitchen or bathroom remodel, SolidSurface.com has the material to fit your needs.