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CountertopResource.com Launches Sister Website: GreenSurfaceResource.com

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CountertopResource.com Launches Sister Website: GreenSurfaceResource.com

Posted on 04 January 2016 by cradmin

GreenSurfaceResource.com logoAlthough the site has actually been live since June of 2015 as it has been under development, the launch of www.GreenSurfaceResource.com, a sister site to CountertopResource.com, is now official.

The main focus of the new site is to be the the most informational, in-depth resource for environmentally friendly surfacing professionals and those interested in green surfacing materials and the sustainable surfacing industry.

There you will find information on all of the eco-friendly surfacing materials used for countertops, flooring, wall cladding, exterior surfacing, as well as related products. You will also find information related to fabrication and/or installation supplies, sinks and other ancillary products, and more.

Check out this great new website on green surfacing materials now, and let us know what you think.

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

Posted on 04 November 2015 by cradmin

integra surface bonder adhesiveIntegra Adhesives launched Surface Bonder ULTRA, a new adhesive made for an wide range of surfaces and applications. The adhesive works in extreme weather conditions, indoor and outdoor and has a high UV resistance, so colors will not fade in the sun. Surface Bonder ULTRA can be fabricated to provide a honed, gloss or textured finish during cure helping to create invisible seams on any surface. With more than 4,000PSI bond strength, it will bond to multiple surfaces, including quartz natural stone, ceramic, ultra-compact materials and glass. And it won’t stain or yellow and so is ideal for white material.

Offered pre-colored in a 215ml 2:1 cartridges or as a tintable clear adhesive in a quart can, Surface Bonder Ultra is the newest addition to Integra’s line of adhesives and accessories. Color charts can be downloaded from the company’s website or app.

Visit Integra Adhesives at www.integra-adhesives.com/products/surface-bonder-ultra/ for more details.

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Cosentino Expands Dekton Ultra Compact Sintered Surface with 5 New Designs

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Cosentino Expands Dekton Ultra Compact Sintered Surface with 5 New Designs

Posted on 02 February 2015 by cradmin

Dekton Aura bookmatched

New Dekton Aura bookmatched

Dekton by Cosentino, an ultra-compact sintered surface made from glass, porcelain and quartz that hit the U.S. market in 2014, now has five additional colors to choose from. The first new color introductions since the launch of the material, which is suitable for both interior and exterior uses, including countertops,vanities, wet walls/showers, flooring and cladding, now comes in a total of 15 colors and patterns. The flagship color in the new launch is the company’s Aura product, which has the look of Calcatta marble, with large-scale grey veining on a white background. Calcatta marble and products that mimic the material is showing an increase in design interest in the U.S. market, states the company. And the claim is backed up by a variety of other products that have recently come out or are being released now. Additionally, for the first time, the Aura pattern repeats symmetrically, making bookmatching a possibility with the product (see photo).

In additiono to the Aura color, the other new hues are Edora, Irok, Kairos and Vegha. Edora is uniform in neutral color but has some delicate undulating textures for a natural look. Irok has thin, delicate veining and subtle moment with creamy tones that give it a limestone appearance. Kairos is another marble-like variant that has a soft white background and pale grey striations that create a look of Italian Carrera marble. Lastly, Vegha is a “stormy” yet neutral taupe, inspired b the formations of limestone and sandstone.

Dekton is made using a proprietary process called “particle sintering technology” or PST that uses heat and pressure to provide the material with UV resistance for color stability, high strength, and resistance to impacts, scratching and abrasion, as well as low water absorption and thermal shock resistance.

The new colors will be available in large format slabs of 56 by 126 in. and in three thicknesses: 0.8cm, 1.2cm and 2cm.

For more information, you may be interested in this video showing Dekton Performance Tests.

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Dekton Ultracompact Sintered Surface Performance Tests

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Dekton Ultracompact Sintered Surface Performance Tests

Posted on 10 June 2014 by cradmin

There has been a lot of interest shown in the new Dekton ultracompact sintered surfacing product introduced by Cosentino back in December, so when we ran across this video showing some “performance tests” on the new material, it caught our interest. While this video, which is admittedly put out by Cosentino, is obviously meant to put the material in a good light, it does show the Dekton material being subjected to some rather harsh treatment, including having a torch put to it, scratching, spray painting and setting a hot pan on the surface. And, the material seems to hold up pretty good. But don’t take my word for it, see it for yourself, and let us know what you think.

And feel free to suggest we post a video you have made or come across by sending us a link at info@countertopresource.com.

 

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Wilsonart Now Exclusive Antimicrobial Eos Distributor in 38 States

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Wilsonart Now Exclusive Antimicrobial Eos Distributor in 38 States

Posted on 19 December 2013 by cradmin

Wilsonart and EOS Surfaces announced that Wilsonart is now the exclusive distributor of Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces in 38 states throughout the U.S., according to a release on Business Wire on Dec. 18. The copper-enhanced material kills greater than 99.9 percent of Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria within two hours of exposure and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Public Health Claims.

“Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces is the first synthetic hard surface proven to kill specific disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),” stated Joseph Elia, Wilsonart Solid Surface Sales Manager. “With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that health care-acquired infections (HAIs) affect 2 million individuals and result in about 100,000 deaths annually, killing bacteria on frequently touched surfaces can play an important role in managing risks associated with microbial control. With Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces, our sales force will be able to provide expanded options and substantial healthcare solutions to health care organizations, architects and health care consultants among others.”

“Joining forces with Wilsonart gives us expanded distribution channels for a product we anticipate will make a real difference in reducing bioburden in healthcare facilities and could become a standard of care for the industry,” noted Ken Trinder, CEO and President at EOS Surfaces, LLC. “With our state-of-the-art facility in Norfolk, Va., producing the product and Wilsonart’s warehousing system, fleet of delivery trucks and the largest sales representative force in the country, it is win/win for both companies.”

Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces, which are akin to solid surface, can be used in a wide range of applications, including countertops, nurses’ stations and tables.

Read more about Cupron Enhanced EOS here.

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Samsung Radianz Launches New Coastal Collection Quartz

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Samsung Radianz Launches New Coastal Collection Quartz

Posted on 26 April 2013 by cradmin

The line of Radianz natural quartz surfaces by Samsung now includes a new collection of nature-inspired colors. The Coastal Collection features a subtle, random pattern reminiscent of sea foam washed against  a beach.

Available by early summer of 2013, the Coastal Collection brings Samsung’s offerings more than 36 colors of Radianz Quartz surfaces for the North American market.

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Eos Surfaces Adds 2 New GEOS Colors

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Eos Surfaces Adds 2 New GEOS Colors

Posted on 19 April 2013 by cradmin

Eos Surfaces added  two new colors to its GEOS Recycled Glass Surface line. Juneau is a bright, jewel-toned turquoise and Rincon is a mosaic of olive, rust and light blue in a sand-hued base. Equally friendly to the fabricator as it is to the environment, GEOS is NSF, Green Circle and Elite Green certified, and may qualify for up to four LEED credit points. After being available in Home Depot in limited areas, GEOS will be rolling out to all Home Depot stores over the next 12 to 16 months.

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Soapstone: ‘Original’ Stone Countertops Getting Hotter with Chefs and Designers

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Soapstone: ‘Original’ Stone Countertops Getting Hotter with Chefs and Designers

Posted on 18 March 2013 by CRadmin2

Soapstone is often referred to as “the original stone countertop.” This is because soapstone deposits were first formed up to 400 million years ago, and these deposits are located in all corners of the globe. Soapstone has been used for thousands of years by cultures of all types as cookware, countertops and ovens.

Soapstone History

Soapstone is composed of talc, silicate, magnesium, chlorite and other trace minerals. The name soapstone was chosen for this natural stone because its high talc content gives it a soft texture not unlike a bar of soap.

The soapstone deposits being quarried today formed only after millions of years of exposure to heat and pressure fluctuations deep inside the Earth’s crust. Large soapstone quarries and distribution hubs first developed in the India and in the Middle East, but today, the largest distribution centers are in Brazil, Finland and the United States.

Soapstone Properties

Soapstone has several properties that make it ideal for many environments and situations. If you do not remember where you first encountered soapstone, it may be from the table that was under your Bunsen burner in high-school chemistry lab. Soapstone is a favorite material for chemists because it can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and is chemically inert.

Right now, soapstone countertops are surging in popularity because they are attractive, resist the spread of microbes and are difficult to stain. Soapstone is also a great change of pace from traditional types of stone, which have been overused in recent years.

Although color choices for soapstone are limited, it is elegant, and its use adds enduring value to any project. The unique, warm grain and veining that runs through soapstone makes up for a color palette that consists of only a few shades of green, gray, blue and black.

One reason why some people are hesitant to choose soapstone as a countertop material is because it is not as strong as some other popular materials. However, when properly cared for, a soapstone countertop can remain in great shape for well over a century. In addition, scratches and nicks can often be buffed out with just a touch of sanding.

Soapstone Uses

Soapstone is most often used in the kitchen, and it is the countertop of choice for many gourmet chefs around the world. It is also very high in demand by kitchen designers who want to show just how versatile this material is. One large organization of countertop fabricators to take action to meet this demand is the Artisan Group, which recently launched its own line of soapstone: Saratoga Soapstone.

Soapstone is not only a popular surfacing for kitchens, but it can also be used for sinks, bathtub surrounds and other bathroom applications. It is not uncommon to use vertical soapstone slabs or tiles for shower walls. Its high traction and warmth also makes it ideal for use as bathroom flooring, and its heat resistance makes it ideal for fireplaces and hearths.

Caring for Soapstone

Soapstone does not require as much care as many other countertop materials do. These countertops can be cleaned with most household cleaners because  they are resistant to both acids and bases. However, a non-abrasive cleaner will prevent scratches and unnecessary wear. In addition, soapstone does not need to be sealed or conditioned, but many homeowners like to apply mineral oil or specialty products such as Saratoga Wax. This is because soapstone naturally darkens with age, and these products can make the darkening process spread evenly throughout the surface.

Fabricating Soapstone

Soapstone is not only popular with homeowners and designers, but it is also very popular with countertop fabricators. This soft stone can be cut quickly and easily without infringing on its quality. Not only can soapstone work be performed with standard stone-cutting tools, many woodworkers have found that their tools are also sufficient.

Professional fabricators, such as those at the Artisan Group, generally use a combination of saws and waterjets to cut soapstone. It can then be finished on a CNC machine or by hand. Soapstone is also safe to work with, and no special regulations must be followed other than standard safety protocol.

A Final Word on Soapstone

Using soapstone countertops, such as those made from Saratoga Stone, opens the door to many unique design options. Long a preferred choice for kitchen countertops, soapstone brings together the best of style, function and versatility. Contrasting patterns and shading add to stone’s natural beauty, imparting a unique appearance that can never be exactly duplicated.

Special thanks to the Artisan Group, who provided the basis of this article, as well as the photos.

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NSF Seeking Volunteers for Sustainable Countertop Committee

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NSF Seeking Volunteers for Sustainable Countertop Committee

Posted on 14 November 2012 by cradmin

The National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), a part of NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) is beginning development of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops in accordance with ISO 14025. The rule will cover natural stone, solid surface, engineered stone, high pressure laminate and recycled materials. It may also apply to concrete, stainless steel, glass and tile.

The NCSS is seeking volunteers to sit on the PCR committee in the areas of countertop manufacturing, life cycle practitioners, and governmental, academic or non-governmental organizations.

PCRs define the parameters of a life cycle assessment  for a particular product group and what to include in the resulting report, called an Environmental Product Declaration. LCAs measure inputs, outputs and environmental impacts of a product across its lifespan, from cradle to grave. The Environmental Product Declaration is a third-party-verified report that may function like a nutrition label to explain the data generated from a life cycle assessment.

Interested parties will be meeting to develop this document over the course of approximately 6 to 9 months. Meetings will take place either in person or via teleconference. And, NSF has prepared a draft PCR based on and with permission from The Green Standard Environmental Product Declaration System and other available information.  The boundary of the PCR will be determined by the stakeholder group.

Interested parties should contact Mindy Costello, secretariat to the PCR committee at mcostello@nsf.org or 734-827-6819.

 

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Formica Begins Selling Solid Surface Direct To Fabricators

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Formica Begins Selling Solid Surface Direct To Fabricators

Posted on 13 November 2012 by cradmin

Beginning Nov. 1, Formica Corporation started selling its solid surface material directly to fabricators in select areas. According to a release by the company, fabricators in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, as well as to partners in parts of Pennsylvania and Illinois were among those included in this direct distribution program. Dubbed FSS2U, this new distribution model facilitates direct sales to fabricator partners.

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