Architectural Record Engineering News-Record BE - Building Enclosure
Surfaces Get Stronger: Compression-molded polymers bring durable, impervious solid surfaces to kitchens and bathrooms
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Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After listening to this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the differences in surface products for kitchen and bathroom
  2. Compare the processes used to manufacture these products
  3. Describe to clients how next generation materials meet consumer needs
  4. Design kitchens and bathrooms for increased durability and sustainability



This test is no longer available for credit

Compression-molded surfaces, a type of cast polymer, are gaining traction in residential and commercial applications. In this course, you will learn how this increasingly popular surface material compares to other acrylics and cultured stones in terms of chemical, heat and impact resistance as well as how it improves the durability of countertops, sinks, vanities, tubs and showers. Specifying considerations-from relevant codes to color choices to sustainability concerns-will be explained and case studies presented, so that you will be able to describe to clients how this next generation material meets consumer needs.


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