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.
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.
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.
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.