Wilsonart HD (High Definition)
is a system of beautiful, lower priced countertop designs that can take the punishment and keep look good. You have the realistic look of granite countertops at a fraction of the cost, and without the worries of staining, scratching, and chipping. Wilsonart High Definition Laminate is today's smarter alternative to granite.
Solid Surface consistency of pattern and color, plus chemical bonding to fuse solid
surface pieces provide very inconspicuous seams. Seams are solid, flush to the surface and moisture resistant. There is no grout to clean, and liquids cannot penetrate the surface.
Granite slabs vary in thickness and appearance. This results in visible and sometimes uneven seams at corners and back splash areas. The random, inconsistent appearance of granite
further accentuates the seams where separate granite surfaces are combined. The seams are not chemically bonded, so they can become stained and dirty with time unless they are
properly and routinely sealed.
Solid Surface edges are formed by fusing two pieces of material
together. With solid surface, color and design matching between pieces is typically very good, if not exact, since the manufacturing
process ensures a consistent look and quality. Seams are smooth and very inconspicuous. Since it can be shaped and routed, edge
options are nearly limitless. Edge options are virtually unlimited with solid surface. With granite, no two pieces will be alike, resulting in
visible seams made more obvious when patterns and colors are inconsistent. Because of the natural potential for chipping and flaking, special edge designs are limited.
Solid Surface is nonporous, stains will not seep into the surface. Surface stains are easily
wiped away with soap and water or buffed away for good. All granite is porous. This is why it
stains so easily and must be properly and routinely sealed. Be sure that your sealer is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces.
Wilsonart Solid Surface products - Gibraltar and Earthstone -
meet FDA standards for food contact, ASTM International standards (G-21 and G-22) for fungal and bacterial resistance and have NSF
International approval in Class 51 for both "Splash Zone" and "Food Zone" areas. Of course, good hygiene is always recommended with
the use of any product. Granite has small surface crevices so it's harder to keep them free of mildew and bacteria. Proper sealing
and maintenance can protect against these conditions - as long as the sealant remains intact. Even so, granite surfaces do not currently
meet FDA and NSF standards for food preparation areas. Nor do they meet ASTM standards (G-21 and G-22) for fungal and bacterial resistance.
Heat Resistance - With Solid Surface minor heat damage usually can be buffed away by the
homeowner. More severe heat damage can be inconspicuously repaired by your certified installer. Trivets are recommended by solid surface manufacturers to protect countertops
against exposure to extreme heat. You should refer to your warranty regarding coverage for
any repairs. Granite is very heat resistant; however, the sealant used on the surface is not. Trivets also are generally recommended by the stone industry.
Maintenance - Solid surface does not require sealing or special cleaning products. Soap
and water will wipe away most stains. Minor scratches and burns can be buffed away by the homeowner without impacting the look or finish. More serious damage usually can be
inconspicuously repaired by your certified installer.You should refer to your warranty regarding coverage for any repairs.
Surfaces with a gloss or semi-gloss finish may require more maintenance than a matte or
satin finish - scratches may be more apparent and require a more detailed buffing technique.
Darker colors also may require more maintenance. Scratches and stains in solid surface can be buffed away . Most experts agree that a granite countertop should be resealed every one
to two years. In addition, weekly application of a stone polish may be recommended as well as specialized cleaning products and methods. Ask your installer what products they
recommend for your particular stone and their frequency of use. When considering the cost of
a granite countertop, these items should be included. Though granite is very scratch resistant
, a cutting board is recommended to avoid scratching the sealant. When chips and scratches do occur, they are very difficult to remove. Repairs are usually visible, and serious damage
may require full replacement of the countertop
Warranty - Granite products are generally not warranted unless a warranty is provided by the
installer. Because each slab is unique, there is no way to predict its performance over time. The product may include internal fissures, natural cracks and impurities which may or may not
affect its performance. Homeowners must discuss warranty options with each installer to determine what, if anything, is covered. There is no standard in place or recourse if the
installer goes out of business.
Wilsonart Solid Surface is accompanied by a 10 year, transferable warranty. Wilsonart
provides warranty support and a customer service hotline