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$ave Money Using Overstock, Remnant and Discontinued Solid Surface

One of many walls of solid surface remnants in the SolidSurface.com warehouse

One of many walls of solid surface remnants in the SolidSurface.com warehouse

How often do you find yourself rummaging through your solid surface remnant inventory for a color the right size for a job that may not require a full sheet? Have you considered using discontinued or overstock material for a job where you can influence the material to be specified? Below are a few resources on where to find some of this budget-friendly material and potentially save quite a bit of money for yourself and/or your customers.

To help illustrate an example of how one might save, let’s say you bought enough sheets of DuPont Corian® Tumbleweed for a new project. The specs changed midstream and you were just 30” short of material to finish the job. Your choices would be to purchase another full sheet, at roughly $700, or find a smaller sheet online for approximately $300 (including shipping)–that would be a savings of $400.

Save on Small and Large Projects

Other ways to save using overstock, remnant and discontinued material might include:

  • Those projects where you need just another few feet of material to finish the job; or
  • Smaller, limited-budget projects, i.e., when the customer wants a 4’ vanity top, your pricing can be more competitive by purchasing a partial sheet, rather than having to include the full sheet cost in your quote; or
  • Large jobs where a color category is specified, but not a specific color, and you can select from overstock, seconds or discontinued colors that are heavily discounted.

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4 Countertop Colors to Coordinate With Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet

Pantone's Color of the Year - Ultra Violet

Pantone’s Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

The 2018 Pantone color of the year has been revealed, and it is light years away from the 2017 earthy greenery color selection. Instead of focusing on a color representative of things that grow, this year’s color, Ultra Violet, brings to mind the night sky filled with dreams and brilliant stars. Designers are excited about this new jewel-toned color, not typically used in decorating. Perhaps this is what you have been waiting for–permission to move those beautiful purple tones from quiet meditation spots and gathering places into the rest of your home décor.  To help you with that, SolidSurface.com offers some ideas for coordinating that luscious purple with countertop colors for your kitchen or bathroom vanity.

Coordination Concerns

Since not everyone has an eye for decorating or a degree in interior design, you may feel an immediate sense of overwhelm, wondering how in the world you might be able to incorporate this beautiful bold color into your home. Our expertise in kitchen and bath design, coupled with years of experience, might just help you achieve the look you want while using Pantone’s color of the year.

Whites

Redecorating a bathroom is a great way to make a memorable impression.  And this year, you can decorate with Ultra Violet. Some may choose to install a stunning shower wall using Ultra Violet glazed tiles and shiny new Continue reading

SolidSurface.com Celebrates 10 Solid Years!

SolidSurface.com Warehouse in Tucson, AZ

SolidSurface.com Warehouse in Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ–SurfaceNet LLC d/b/a SolidSurface.com is proud to announce its 10th year as the leading Internet source for purchasing decorative solid surface sheet materials, tools, accessories and custom Corian® vanity tops.  Where it was once thought that no one would buy a sheet of solid surface material off the Internet, SolidSurface.com has achieved a decade of success and over 20% year-over-year growth.  While featuring popular solid surface brands such as DuPont™ Corian®, LG HI-MACS®, Aristech™ Avonite®, Samsung™ Staron®, Formica®, Wilsonart®, Hanwha™ Hanex®, and Meganite®, SolidSurface.com has also built its reputation on strong customer service and ease of searching, ordering and shipping.

The Launch

SolidSurface.com Display Booth

SolidSurface.com Display Booth

Using countertop remnants lying around in the garage, co-founders, Ed and Kyle Carpenter, a father and son team, began, as a hobby, creating one-of-a-kind applications with solid surface.  One such item was a  guitar body in the style of a Fender Telecaster and another a sculpture portraying  the loss of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.  They also began fashioning pieces into cutting boards and selling them on eBay.  After realizing they could work smarter, not harder, by selling remnant pieces, they launched Continue reading

SolidSurface.com Recognized as Top 300 E-Commerce Company

SolidSurface.com Top 300 B2B E-Commerce Site

SolidSurface.com Top 300 B2B E-Commerce Site

Tucson, AZSolidSurface.com–the online source where you can purchase virtually any brand, color or size of solid surface decorative surfacing material–has been named by Internet Retailer and B2BeCommerceWorld.com as one of the top300 B2B (Business to Business) e-commerce companies for 2017 for the second consecutive year. They have impressively been ranked 39th in the Hardware/Home Improvement Industry. Additionally significant, Internet Retailer magazine has also recognized SolidSurface.com as a Top 1000 general e-commerce website, not just B2B, for the past four years.

B2B E-Commerce companies in the Hardware/Home Improvement category are expected to grow by 28%, to more than $13 billion, up from $10 billion last year, mainly due to the continued strength of the housing Continue reading

Formica Noce Travertine

Formica Corporation Introduces 13 New Patterns to Solid Surfacing Collection

Formica Corporation, a global leader in surfacing design and innovation, has introduced 13 new Formica solid surfacing patterns, adding a new range of quartz-like patterns and some contemporary shimmer to the brand’s collection of smooth, seamless and nonporous solid surfacing products.

“We first introduced the Colorbox concept in 2010 to visually demonstrate how different surfacing materials, colors, textures and patterns can work together in commercial interiors”

Formica Corporation’s design team styled the latest patterns to coordinate with a variety of Formica® brand surfacing products, a concept dubbed Colorbox. “We first introduced the Colorbox concept in 2010 to visually demonstrate how different surfacing materials, colors, textures and patterns can work together in commercial interiors,” said Gerri Chmiel, Formica Corporation’s senior design manager. “The Colorbox concept allows the architecture and design community to confidently pair Formica® Solid Surfacing products with complementary high pressure laminate offerings.”

The 2013 Formica® Solid Surfacing introduction includes:

Luna – A small-scale, usable quartz-like pattern available in a full color range to coordinate with the brand’s recent high pressure laminate introductions.

  • 773 Luna Sail White – soft, warm white
  • 774 Luna Fossil – pale blue-green
  • 775 Luna Storm – cool, dark gray
  • 780 Luna Stone – mid-tone, warm taupe
  • 781 Luna Concrete – mid-tone, cool gray
  • 782 Luna Weather – dark, warm gray

Quartz – A larger-scale, quartz-like pattern with metallic particulates for added shimmer and depth.

  • 770 Bottle Glass Quartz – inspired by the colors of recycled glass, the bright white ground features large particulates of blue, brown and gray
  • 771 Café Quartz – soft caramel with large blue, translucent and metallic copper particulates
  • 772 Copper Quartz – warm gray with large white, gray and metallic copper particulates

Sparkle – Subtle, reflective white and gray architectural colors provide a contemporary alternative to basic solids.

  • 778 White Sparkle – warm white with a metallic dusting of cool silver mica
  • 779 Gray Sparkle – cool gray with a metallic dusting of cool silver mica

Travertine – Softly patterned Noce Travertine remains a staple in commercial and residential interiors alike, but the softness of the stone renders it difficult to use on horizontal surfaces. Noce Travertine offers the look of real travertine, with the durability of Formica® Solid Surfacing.

  • 777 Noce Travertine – a perfect blend of warm and cool; warm brown ground swirls with veins of cool gray and dark brown; gray and white particulates add interest and depth

Mirage – Tried and true speckled pattern introduced in new trend color of gray; rust brown warms the overall color

  • 773 Mirage – gray with warm rust-brown particulates

Chmiel revealed that the practice of mixing and matching of materials in commercial settings plays an important role in the company’s product development process. “One project incorporates countless surfacing materials, and we strive to introduce trend-forward, usable products that are desirable on their own, yet work well in unison to help designers achieve a desired design aesthetic. The usability and compatibility of these 13 new patterns underscores our commitment of being a design resource for our customers.”

Formica® Solid Surfacing is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute under the GREENGUARD Standard for Low-Emitting Products, including the requirements for Children & Schools.

About Formica Corporation

Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Formica Group of companies, is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit www.formica.com or call 1-800-FORMICA™.

About Formica Group

Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Skandinavien AB, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd. and Homapal GmbH, among others. The Formica Group of companies is part of the Laminates & Panels division of Fletcher Building.

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Contacts

For Formica Corporation Laura Phillips, 513-325-9985 lphillips@vehrcommunications.com