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$ave Money Using Overstock, Remnant and Discontinued Solid Surface

Posted on 27 March 2018 by CRadmin3

By Kathy O’Lochlayne at SolidSurface.com

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 in. 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 ft. 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.

Solid Surface Resources

While  SolidSurface.com, offers the largest selection of remnant, overstock, discontinued, and material in one location, there are several other resources we’ve found for this type of material:  RemnantSwap.com by Moraware offers a fabricator-to-fabricator resource in a classifieds-style marketplace; some fabricators offer remnant inventory through their websites; many distributors and manufacturers often have lists of discontinued materials; and last, but not least, you might (or might not) be surprised at what you can find on Ebay.

SolidSurface.com’s centralized inventory contains a wide variety of quantities of full and partial sheet remnants (drops) acquired from sources such as fabricators, millwork houses, distributors, and manufacturers in the solid surface industry. Additionally, SolidSurface.com offers acrylic, made in the USA, seconds, called Select Grade, that match the colors of Corian®.

Time-Saving Benefits

Also consider the time-saving benefits of using an online resource:

  • Quickly and efficiently locate hard-to-find solid surface sheet material in full and partial sizes.
  • With a few mouse clicks, and the use of the product filter, a package or pallet with your selection can be on its way to you that same day.
  • If you’re in a time crunch, you can even out-source a custom vanity top through SolidSurface.com’s 10-business-day vanity program, ensuring quick turnaround times and built to your specifications.
  • For large, multi-sheet jobs where customers are less concerned about color than they are about price, you can purchase from a large selection of full sheets as low as $299/sheet, in bulk quantities, with free shipping for 3+ sheets.

Selection, Selection, Selection

With more than 20,000 thousand pieces, representing more than ½ million square feet, in an untold number of colors from 12 recognized brands, finding the right size and color quickly is accommodated by the multi-option filtering system, all of which can save you time and money.

Choose from DuPont™ Corian®, LG HI-MACS®, Aristech™ Avonite®, Samsung™ Staron®, Formica® Solid Surface, Livingstone®, Wilsonart® Solid Surface, Hanwha™ Hanex®, Mystera®, Basix® and Meganite®.  Among these brands, 8 offer their full line of current colors, in case you don’t already have a source for a particular brand.

Your Overstock Inventory

When it comes to warehousing inventory, naturally you may want to keep your valuable accumulation of partial and overstock material (even though it’s already paid for in the original project price).  But, if you don’t have the space, or the extra time and labor it takes to measure, catalog and organize your partial and overstock sheets, consider using SolidSurface.com as a resource pool.  Avoid landfill waste by reducing, reusing and recycling solid surface excess material.

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SolidSurface.com Celebrates 10 Years

Posted on 05 September 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

solidsurface-accolades-300x259-300x259SolidSurface.com is celebrating its 10th year as an online source for purchasing decorative solid surface sheet materials, tools, accessories and custom Corian vanity tops. The company features popular solid surface brands such as DuPont Corian, LG HI-MACS, Aristech Avonite, Samsung Staron, Formica, Wilsonart, Hanwha Hanex and Meganite.

Using countertop remnants lying around in the garage, co-founders, Ed and Kyle Carpenter, a father and son team, began creating one-of-a-kind applications with solid surface. 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 SolidSurfaceSurplus.com. In early 2007, they formed the parent company SurfaceNet LLC and, in May of 2007, acquired the URL “SolidSurface.com.” They then started working directly with manufacturers and distributors to source overstock and premium grade material, continuing to build out their various product lines.

More than 60,000 shoppers per month visit their site, ranging from DIYers to residential and commercial remodelers and fabricators to woodworkers. They purchase from several categories of products, learn about creating with solid surface material and sometimes order a custom Corian vanity top that can be ready to ship in 10 business days or less.

Future plans for SurfaceNet LLC and SolidSurface.com include a new website launch planned within the next 12 months, expanding the vanity top program and custom fabrication services, adding quartz and other alternative surfacing options, and building even stronger supplier relationships, all of which are intended to further enhance the customer’s overall purchasing experience.

You may also be interested in this article Corian Celebrates Fifty Years With Three New Colors.

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SolidSurface.com Recognized as Top 300 E-Commerce Company

Posted on 26 December 2016 by CRadmin3

SolidSurface.comSolidSurface.com was named by Internet Retailer and B2BeCommerceWorld.com as one of the top 300 B2B (Business to Business) e-commerce companies for the second consecutive year. The company been ranked 39th in the Hardware/Home Improvement Industry. Additionally, Internet Retailer magazine also recognized SolidSurface.com as a Top 1000 general e-commerce website for the past four years.

B2B E-Commerce companies in the Hardware/Home Improvement category are expected to grow by 28 percent, to more than $13 billion(up from $10 billion last year) mainly due to the continued strength of the housing market. Moreover, consumer spending on furniture and furnishings exceeded the 3.4 percent growth rate in overall U.S. consumer spending in 2015. SolidSurface.com itself has grown 30.8 percent in 2016.

While SolidSurface.com has improved it’s ranking by being named in the top 300 by B2B E-Commerce for two years in a row, competing with large retailers such as Amazon, Lowe’s or Home Depot is tricky for the small business. Keeping up with website enhancements to make navigating the site and shopping easy for consumers, along with finding new avenues of product growth are key. SolidSurface.com also relies heavily on outstanding customer service to keep its customers coming back.

With its customer base now being roughly two-thirds commercial and B2B, the remaining one-third still caters to the DIYer, homeowner and craftspersons. This is a big change from  when the company first started in 2007, when 80 percent of its customers were DIYers or homeowners. The two-thirds that make up the commercial and B2B customers include architects and designers, countertop fabricators, handymen, manufacturers, sign makers, residential and commercial remodelers, and cabinet/wood/mill-workers.

SolidSurface.com averages more than 60,000 unique visitor sessions per month. Shoppers are able to explore several categories of products and information. In the “materials” section, visitors can browse popular brands of solid surface materials, in full sheet or remnant sizes, such as DuPont Corian, LG HI-MACS, Aristech Avonite, Formica, Samsung Staron, GSP Mystera, and Hanwa Hanex. They can then go to the “tools” section to order accompanying accessories such as adhesives, abrasives and other items to fabricate and mount the materials for their projects. The “Explore” and “Learn” sections are filled with helpful how-to guides and other tips and tricks. If a visitor is in need of a fabricator, they can locate one in their area by putting their zip code in the ProFinder section. Offering this service, in turn, helps the fabricators as well when they become a registered professional on the site.

Another unique feature of the website is the ability to custom design a vanity top. The SolidSurface.com site walks a customer through each step of choosing the right size, sink, and faucet hole options, as well as the edges and backsplash.

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StoneTalk Episode 28: Kyle Carpenter

Posted on 23 November 2016 by CRadmin2

CountertopResource.com is pleased to bring you another episode of StoneTalk, the podcast dedicated to countertops and countertop fabrication, hosted by Patrick Foley and produced by Moraware.

In Episode 28, Patrick talks with Kyle Carpenter, the founder of SolidSurface.com, the online marketplace for solid surface, solid surface tools and solid surface accessories. The two discuss an array of fascinating topics, including all of the following:

  • How SolidSurface.com evolved from a resource for the DIY community to supporting professional fabricators
  • How customers go about searching for construction contractors
  • How fabricators can pass down the work for small vanities
  • The ins and outs of application program interfaces (APIs) and how they are used to benefit the countertop industry

Read the transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 28 – Kyle Carpenter

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

Posted on 18 August 2016 by cradmin

There is still time to register for the full-day Countertop Symposium on Tuesday, August 23, at IWF. The event is put on by ISFA and sponsored by SolidSurface.com, and takes place the day before the show floor opens for IWF. The seminar is designed to provide a wealth of information to both established countertop fabricators and those exploring their options in the countertop industry.

Industry experts will share information and insights to help you learn about the products and business of the decorative surfacing industry.

Topics will include:

• Solid Surface Thermoforming
• Profiting from Diversification of your Countertop Shop
• Solid Surface Casework: Why it Makes Sense
• Countertop Industry Outlook: A Forecast of Factors Affecting the Industry
• Q & A opportunities with a distinguished panel of industry experts
The presenters include the owners of successful surfacing companies and others who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session covers both residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on solid surface, quartz surfacing, stone, laminate and a variety of other countertop options.

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