solid surface Features

Our Silacore is an Architectural Solid Surface material, a renewable mixture of fine ground natural aluminum minerals and a binding agent. The material is mixed and poured into the mold and allowed to cure before being finish sanded and polished to a high gloss. The combination of materials produces an exceptionally strong, exceptionally durable bathtub that is much lighter than the original but also much stronger. It is not thin acrylic/fiberglass sheeting which can delaminate, buckle and crack.

 
 Original Fireclay tub from 1860-1870

Original Fireclay tub from 1860-1870

Non-Porous

Our Roman is based on a true period fireclay tub, we introduced this replica back in 1998 before the 'copies' started appearing. However, our knowledge of traditional casting processes ensures an air/void free material guaranteeing the product a solid homogenous, 100% non-porous surface. Which can conform to the opulent shape of the original, the base is the a detailed curve rather than a flat tall plinth as acrylic cannot be shaped in such a way.

 A pair of Romans prepared and given the final gloss polish

A pair of Romans prepared and given the final gloss polish

Stone-Like

Much of the material is organic and the mineral content adds strength creating a molded stone. It has superior thermal shock resistance and an exceptional smooth scratch resistant, impermeable, non-porous surface guarantees superior stain resistance as well as microbial resistance.

 The Regent's smooth lines and comfortable bathing well 

The Regent's smooth lines and comfortable bathing well 

Porcelain Feel

It is a high gloss but not as ultra glossy as acrylic so it looks and feels more like fireclay/porcelain rather than 'plastic', plus it does not flex, wobble or bow like acrylic and fiberglass.

Solid Surface Facts & Specifications

  • Color Permanence - A permanent pigmented lifetime finish.
  • Gloss Finish - High gloss, high polished surface that is ultra smooth replicating the original earthenware look and feel.
  • Cleanability - Non-porous smooth and glossy Silacore is easy to clean, usually only a mild detergent and mild rubbing. The non-porous surface is a barrier against odor and bacteria. As with all bathtub surfaces scouring agents are not recommended.
  • Thermal Properties - The tough, durable surface and construction of Sliacore are not affected by temperature changes, and it is heat resistant.
  • Thermal conductivity - Silacore is a great thermal insulator, its is warm to the touch and will hold the bathing water hotter for longer. It’s thermal insulation is over 6 times that of Acrylic sheeting.
  • Acid Resistance - Silacore offers excellent corrosion protection against mild aqueous solutions of alkalis, salts and most acids.
  • General Chemical Resistance - Silacore is formulated to resist the chemical reactions which may occur during normal use. It is resistant to mild chemical reactions. It is also resistant to UV degradation.
  • Durability, Abrasion & Wear Resistance - Silacore has excellent wear resistance and frequently provides better wear and abrasion resistance than acrylic. The surface is scratch resistant but scratches can be easily repaired.
  • Adhesion - Silacore is resistant to hydrolysis, therefore moisture does not penetrate the material. It is very strong in compressive loading and has a high tensile strength and will not flex or buckle under regular use.
  • Impact Resistance - The construction of Silacore creates a much stronger and more durable surface in full scale flex and impact tests.