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ProBuilder Product Report: Countertops and Surfaces
Here's a look at product solutions for countertops.
Joining the company's large quartz surface collection are the mustard-inspired sandalwood, bedrock, eggplant-hued mulberry mist, pebble, nougat, raven and other styles from CaesarStone. The surfaces resist heat, cold, mildew and stains. According to the company, the latest colors are inspired by the growing green movement. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-136
LG HI-MACS Eden countertops were developed using at least 12 percent pre-consumer recycled materials. The countertops are available in six natural colors: cocoa, honeysuckle, ivy (shown), jasmine, juniper and lemongrass. The Eden line is nonporous, anti-microbial, stain-resistant and backed by a 15-year warranty. Eden is certified for its recycled content by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-133
The latest solid surface offerings from DuPont's Corian line include 13 new colors that the company wants to "reflect the heritage and luxury of American cottage style." DuPont also released 11 colors under its Zodiaq quartz surface brand. The Zodiaq-Okite collection ranges from terra-cotta and lapis lazuli to warm neutrals. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-134
The Antique Heart Pine countertop by Craft-Art is derived from reclaimed wood. The custom wood countertop has a yellow-brown straw color with reddish-brown accent rings. A quarter-sawn technique creates a vertical tight-grain wood texture. Tops are available in plank and an edge-grain style using full-length boards or an end-grain style for a checkerboard-type pattern. The company will also use other non-endangered domestic and exotic species upon request. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-135
Rivaling the look of quartz and natural stone, the Tempest line from Samsung's Staron brand features what the company's national sales manager calls "a new visual dimension ... that is like nothing else we've offered." Unlike quartz, however, the Tempest is nonporous. The product can be fabricated into backsplashes and patterns can also be incorporated into the surface for added aesthetic appeal. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-137
Realizing its solid surface palette needed an overhaul, InPro Corp. released 70 new colors in its Prism Solid Surface line. Mountain mist, tumbleweed and pesto are among the colors. The company's Suncast cultured marble line features 12 standard vanity top sizes in eight standard colors. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-138
Touted as clean, safe and green and offering a sense of inner peace, the Zen Series of surfaces from Cosentino's Silestone brand include five colors ranging from plum, brown and white. Named Satori, Haiku, Koan, Unsui and Gedatsu, respectively, the surfaces feature Microban protection and are certified for food preparation areas. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-140
Inspired by natural stone formations, Wilsonart's High Definition Laminate includes the Passage Series, which ranges from soft sand to mid-clay, deep greens and dark plum, mimicking the look of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock. The collection is designed to complement oiled bronze and stone gray finishes recently introduced by many commercial grade appliance manufacturers. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5335-139