High Style on a Limited Budget
Have you ever walked into a friends or neighbour’s bathroom and said to them in awe, this is incredible! How can you possibly afford such materials? And then to your amazement they let you in on their little secret and told you everything was a synthetic imitation of the real thing. The idea of fabulous fakes has been around since around the 1930’s when plastic laminate was first introduced into the consumer marketplace. Everyone wants their bathing space to look wonderful but not every person can afford expensive oak or real marble. Manufactures keen to fill this eager need have been hard at work creating building supplies that simulate natural stone and wood products but are far more competitively priced and require much less maintenance.
Flexibility and Enduring Resilience
From countertops to ceilings, flooring resources and wall panels, these sumptuous synthetics are available in an extraordinary amount of colors, patterns and finishes to mimic just about any naturally occurring building material created by Mother Nature. Because these surfacing supplies are man-made fibres, they can be pre-formed into any shape and installed quicker and more economical than their naturally occurring counterparts. Science and technology has made laminate flooring compounds that imitate, tile, wood and stone for sure footed durability and lasting brilliance. And for the budget conscious, resilient vinyl floor covering comes in a variety of ready to use and easy to clean manufactured patterns that resemble the real thing.
The Real Deal With Superior Compounds
Solid surfacing was introduced to master builders about three decades ago and the home improvement community has not looked backed since. What makes this synthetic so likeable is the fact that it is not only tough, has color throughout the whole compound (usually made of polyester or acrylics) but the fact that it is malleable and can be formed into any shape. This pliability makes it the perfect thing for architectural edges and integral under-mount vanity sinks with the look and feel of stone. Tub surrounds can be custom made to produce an elegant design by forming an intricate edge trim to simulate a variety of faux-stone finishes. Dress up your counters and surrounds by incorporating great looking edge treatments and give your bath a sense of distinction.
Health Conscious Choices
Today’s building composites mix quartz compounds with man-made resin to create coatings that are nearly invulnerable to everyday bathroom use. They can be mass-produced to duplicate the pigmentation, veins and swirls of naturally occurring physical components that even a seasoned interior designer would be hard pressed to tell the difference. And to sweeten the deal even further, advanced technology has even integrated an antibacterial layer into the product that repels mold and mildew so your home spa stays safe and clean for allergy sufferers. To top it off, the composition has been engineered to resist the chemicals and acidic cleaning substances that can inevitably stain natural stone such as marble or granite.
Look Almost as Good as Stone
Solid surfacing or composite materials can seamlessly fit right into any home décor and these stone look-alikes offer the homeowner low maintenance with the feel of luxury that can be blended with traditional building elements. These surfaces are exceptionally hard and durable, not easily scratched and resist staining. Surface damage can be sanded out fairly easily. If you ever had to deal with the sometimes trying maintenance schedule of natural stone you will appreciate the fact that these manufactured composites do not need to be sealed for protection or to enhance its lustre. Sometimes the real thing isn’t always the most practical building supply.
A Genuine Treatment to Meet Your Low Maintenance Needs
No one can dispute the splendour and extravagance of natural stone, just be prepared to put in the effort to keep it looking that way. If on the other hand you want to stay fashionable but don’t want the hassle of the upkeep then you need to seriously consider the alternative faux finishes. Solid-surfacing or composite materials do not require any special treatment. Just regular swipes with a damp cloth are all that is need to keep your bathroom looking its best. The question you must ask yourself is if that high-style is worth the maintenance knowing full well you can get the same wealth of finishes with synthetics. So what are you waiting for … you know what they say, “if you can’t afford it, then fake it!” Only you will know the difference…