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Formica Introduces Writable Surfaces

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Formica Introduces Writable Surfaces

Posted on 24 January 2017 by CRadmin3

Formica Writable SurfacesFormica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, brings surfaces to life with the introduction of Formica® Writable Surfaces. These surfaces offer beautiful and durable chalkboard and markerboard options in on-trend colors and patterns. The new Formica® Writable Surfaces, part of the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection, were shown for the first time in the Formica Corporation booth at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando.

Formica Writable Surfaces feature six colors and designs, each providing the chance to write a personal creative expression directly on it, and to simply wipe it away when finished. As practical as they are inspirational, the surfaces provide a new platform for homeowners to stay connected, manage schedules, play a game or just create. Like all Formica Brand products, they are also budget friendly and durable.

You may also be interested in this video about repairing high pressure laminate surfaces.

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Karran Offers New Quartz Sink Models

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Karran Offers New Quartz Sink Models

Posted on 02 September 2016 by cradmin

karran white quartz sinkKarran is now offering several new quartz sink models that seamlessly undermount to laminate and solid surface, according to the company. These include the Q-350 double equal bowl, the Q-340 extra large single bowl, the Q-360R in white (shown here) and the Q-320 standard single bowl.

You may also be interested in this article on sink trends for 2016.

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Arborite Expands Maison Laminate Collection

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Arborite Expands Maison Laminate Collection

Posted on 11 August 2016 by cradmin

2016.0307.ProdIntro.Arborite.Welcome-HomeArborite added to its Maison residential laminate collection: the Welcome Home series. Welcome Home has the look of small scale and composite stones. Granite, quartz and sandstone are replicated in designs that are both durable and chic. The additions bring the collection up to 31 options: Arctic Ice; Jaipur Amber; Klondike Riverbed; Sahara Nights; and Tundra Taupe Granite.

You may also be interested in this article on ATI’s backlit laminate system.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Launches Lumisplash Backlit Laminate

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ATI Decorative Laminates Launches Lumisplash Backlit Laminate

Posted on 09 June 2016 by cradmin

ATI backlit laminate - LumisplashATI launched Lumisplash, a patent-pending, multilayered, ultra-thin ¼-in. (6mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface and has solid impact, scratch, chemical and abrasion resistant properties. It is a lighted laminate system with no air gap required for LEDs. This product combines art with lighting in a durable laminate, creating a unique focal point suitable for backsplashes or countertops for any home or business.

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2016 Countertop and Kitchen Trends

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2016 Countertop and Kitchen Trends

Posted on 19 February 2016 by cradmin

Although we are less than two months into 2016, this year’s countertop and kitchen trends have already started to become clear, and the Internet is abuzz with all the latest developments. As in past years, our annual countertop and kitchen trend roundup will include all of the relevant information we have sourced from across the Web combined with what we have been hearing from our audience, industry suppliers, countertop fabricators, other industry professionals and consumers.

Kitchens Going From White to Gray

gray tilesSeveral general kitchen trends will play a role in the specific types, shapes and colors homeowners will be choosing for their new countertops this year, and chief among is a softening of colors. A recent article published by Houzz declares that soft color palettes have taken center stage, knocking out glossy whites and bold primary colors.

In another trend report, Daltile claims that white has officially been ousted by gray not only in the kitchen but also in other rooms of the typical American home, including the bathroom, living room and bedrooms. I must’ve been ahead of the curve because we just had our living room repainted in oyster gray and chose a similar gray to accent the white ceramic tiles of our new backsplash.

However, I am certainly not alone, as the Washington Post reports that 61 percent of renovators painted their own walls gray, beige or white within the last year, with green and yellow trailing at 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

“Charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green-gray and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white,” said Jane Lockhart, a popular interior designer in Ontario, KitchenAid-Black-StainlessCanada. She also said that new and remodeled kitchens will include light wood tones, such as walnut, white oak and whitewashed wood in place of bolder accents.

In a sharp contrast to white and other lighter colors, all-black kitchens have begun to make an appearance this year, and the color is being contrasted with metallics to create a look of luxury. Decorator’s Wisdom, a DIY decorating blog, reports that Kitchenaid has already gambled on this trend by releasing a new line of kitchen appliances in black stainless steel.

Kitchen Becomes the Heart of Home

This year, the trend to transform the kitchen as a central meeting place and utilitarian common room as expanded beyond belief. With the ability to take in information at will and on the go thanks to smartphones, hanging out in front of the living-room television is largely a thing of the past.

Couples, families, housemates and even single individuals are increasingly forsaking the comfort of the living room and are going straight to the kitchen where freestanding tables are quickly becoming passé. People now want the convenience of upgraded countertops, and with the range of support brackets available for overhangs, it is certainly no wonder. Islands, side counters and nooks are making kitchen tables inefficient, impractical and obsolete.

Countertops: Thin Is In

When it comes to countertops, the word on the street is the thinner the better, and compact sintered surfaces have come in to fill that demand. However, not everyone has the moolah for such extravagance, and granite and quartz remain top competitors. However, before we get to specific surfaces, let’s take a look at colors and styles.

An Angie’s List article on 2016 countertop trends written by Haley Johnston of Moss Building & Design hits the nail on the head when it states that “white marble tops the list of the most popular kitchen countertop colors.” Every brand, no matter the specific material, has come out with a slew of white marble-like designs. Some people with money have sprung for actual marble, but those who know better go for quartz or solid surface, and upscale laminate designs have entered the market and infiltrated the homes of people who could afford much more.

When it comes to style, homeowners have followed the eye-catching, floor-to-surface design that has come to be known as waterfall countertops. This is really just a countertop that extends beyond the horizontal plane to include an integral vertical surface of identical composition and color. Even if consumers decide against waterfall countertops, the trend for 2016 is to choose mitered, yet inconspicuous edging, which is notable for creating a sleek appearance with continuous lines.

A final style guideline for countertops, which has been great news for fabricators, is that they are quickly replacing kitchen tables. Where kitchen tables once stood, countertop islands are being built to match the surrounding countertops. These islands often include overhands and stools, and in addition to kitchen tables, they have largely replaced home-office desks. Home businesses are more popular than ever, and the kitchen has emerged as a central workstation.

Countertop Surfaces for 2016

As far as surfacing materials go, the big winners in 2016 are as expected: quartz and granite. Quartz continues to make the strongest gains, but granite remains the most popular surface after laminate, which once held its position solely on price but has come into its own with the help of modern designers and improved durability.

  • Natural Stone – Beyond laminate, granite remains the leader in countertop materials, and with good reason. It looks fantastic, has durability and is more affordable than ever, not to mention unique. However, it is losing market share quickly as quartz takes center stage in the arena. When it comes to natural stone countertops, though, many of us forget that there are alternatives to granite. Soapstone and slate have garnered loyal followings, and some end users are adamant in their promotion and defense against criticism, which has newly emerged this year. While many prefer natural stone, 2016 has brought out the factions.
  • Engineered Stone – Not too many years back, quartz remained relatively unknown to the masses, but its exceptional properties and range of colors and patterns have quickly brought this surfacing into the mainstream. Many fabricators and designers reckon that quartz will take second place only to laminate in the next decade.
  • Concrete – Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is also edging its way into the market, but it has not been gaining as much strength as it did only a few years in the past. Likely it is held back by its need for sealant and a slower fabrication process. However, those who do it well have found a solid niche for themselves, and the look of masterfully customized GFRC is incomparable to anything else.
  • Sustainables – Eco-friendly surfacing of all types is quickly gaining ground, but perhaps Butcher Blockmore so with commercial and industrial builders than in the residential sector. The odd aspect about the rise of environmentally friendly surfacing is that it is being driven by consumers while largely seen as impractical or too expensive for these same consumers’ homes. On the other hand, hundreds of communities across the nation have successfully promoted sustainable lifestyles, and the trend to do all that is possible for the perceived health of people and the planet has been taken up by both baby boomers and millennials. (Read more about sustainable and eco-sensitive countertop products here, at our sister website www.GreenSurfaceResource.com.)
  • Sintered Compact Surface –Sintered compact surface is, by far, the hottest countertop material available – on an upscale price point. This seems to be the future or next generation of countertop material and new competitors are entering the market to get a share of the spoils.
  • Solid Surface – Still holding onto third place in material popularity, is solid surface material, a close cousin or perhaps parent to the newer quartz surfacing/engineered stone, originally branded by 9203CE_Dusk_Ice_(3)DuPont as Corian. However, fabricators report it is being relegated more to the bathroom, and its real growth seems to be in the commercial sector. Like it’s younger quartz-based relative, in the past, it has been driven by its nearly unlimited designs along with its hygienic properties. However, many predict it will be overtaken in the kitchen by engineered stone, which is growing doubly fast as solid surface. That said, lately, there has been an influx of new companies into the solid surface market and some unique new color options, so perhaps, this will spawn awareness and a return to growth for the product, but that remains to be seen.

Consumer Reports Weighs In

Caesarstone Symphony GreyThis year, Consumer Reports broke out and published an article on the top countertop trends of 2016, and it was very specific. Rather than general trends, this most-respected of consumer-review organizations named names, and the choices were largely based on the new products presented at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

Formica LaminateThe surfaces Consumer Reports is backing as this year’s trends are as follows:

  • Wilsonart Solid Surface – Dusk Ice
  • Formica Laminate – Gray Josef Linen
  • Caesarstone Quartz – Symphony Grey

But for all of the 2016 trends, the real question from most countertop fabricators is how to keep pace with the economic upswing. Both new structures and renovations continue to make a steady comeback, and the ability to read and forecast trends, while inherently risky, often works to increase revenue, no matter how you choose to go about it.

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Arborite & Wilsonart Sponsor the Save a Sample! Program

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Arborite & Wilsonart Sponsor the Save a Sample! Program

Posted on 16 November 2015 by CRadmin3

sample3Arborite and Wilsonart, both manufacturer of laminate and other decorative surfaces, announced their combined sponsorship of the Save a Sample! program. Save a Sample! recycles unused fabrics, finish cards, brochures and samples by delivering them to design schools and students to use in their projects and design work. Arborite and Wilsonart’s combined sponsorship assists Save a Sample! in its mission to continue to help developing designers as well as the environment. Wilsonart has supported the program for more than five years and this is the first year for Arborite, as the program expanded to Canada in 2014. Since the program’s inception, thousands of pounds of materials have been donated by some of the busiest design firms. As a result, design students have a more extensive set of resources to choose from as they cultivate their skills.

You may also be interested in this article about sustainability.

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Repairing High Pressure Laminate Countertops

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Repairing High Pressure Laminate Countertops

Posted on 23 September 2015 by cradmin

This video produced by Finish Repair, which seems to specialize in the repair of all kinds of materials including laminates, wood and marble, shows how a damaged high pressure laminate (HPL) countertop can be repaired. At first I was skeptical when I ran across the video, but I have to say the results looked pretty good, even when I took the video full screen.

The depiction here isn’t even overly promotional, just explaining the process rather than hyping the product being used. And, the HPL top that was being repaired was not just a primary color, but rather had a complex color. Maybe that made it easier? It’s hard to say without trying it out in person, but it sold me.

We’d be interested to hear if any of you have any experience with this process or any other processes for repairing laminate countertops. Drop us a line or post in the comment section.

You may also be interested in this video on how Wilsonart laminate is made.

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VT Industries Acquires Capitoline Products

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VT Industries Acquires Capitoline Products

Posted on 22 September 2015 by cradmin

VT Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of postformed laminate countertops, recently acquired Capitoline Products, Inc. Both companies have facilities in Rome, Ga. Capitoline Products is a  regional laminate countertop and decorative panel manufacturer. Both companies are family-owned and Capitoline services Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and North and South Carolina. The integration of the two companies began immediately and will continue throughout 2016.

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New Freedonia ‘Countertops’ Report Now Available, Predicts Increases in Coming Years

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New Freedonia ‘Countertops’ Report Now Available, Predicts Increases in Coming Years

Posted on 08 September 2015 by cradmin

Freedonia countertops study 2015 chartThe Freedonia Group, an independent research firm, released its new “Countertops” report, which examines numerous areas of the countertop industry and makes predictions for future growth. The 389-page study, which the company sells, forecasts an overall countertops growth average in the United States of 4.2 percent through 2019. The prediction claims quartz surfacing (or engineered stone) will be the fastest growing segment, followed by granite/natural stone and then solid surface. It predicts laminate will be at the bottom, just above tile, when it comes to growth in the countertop segment. The report also makes claim that “niche materials” are will do very well in coming years.

You may also be interested in this article about 2015 Kitchen & Countertop Trends.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Creates On-Site ‘ATI University’

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ATI Decorative Laminates Creates On-Site ‘ATI University’

Posted on 28 July 2015 by cradmin

ATI Decorative Laminates created its first on-site educational program, ATI University. The one-and-a-half day course is designed for ATI distributors across the country. Each session brings in two to eight participants for an education on ATI’s products, and their journey from the front door to the shipping dock.

“We show and tell how each product is made, why it’s sold the way it is, and even how it’s packaged,” said Vice President of Sales Vern Combrink. “It’s a nuts and bolts perspective that helps them understand not only our product line, but also why we sell certain sizes and require certain yields.”

Each ATI University session is tailored to the distributor’s business. “Training is never a catchall. We have to take individual needs into consideration for content,” said Combrink, who notes that the design of each session is guided by an understanding of distributors’ needs, products and challenges.

There are 10 sessions of ATI University planned for 2015, and Combrink piloted a few sessions in 2014. Along with ATI University, the company has a year-long focus on education. This includes webinars for distributors that can’t travel to attend the course in person; an indexed training video for distributors, allowing them to easily access portions relevant to their business; and continuing education units (CEUs) that have long been a part of its offering.

You may also be interested in this article on ISFA addiing a conference to its annual meeting.

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