Buyers guide to composite surfaces

Thanks to new technology, man-made materials are now more versatile and durable than ever.

By Jo Messenger | 2 August 2017

Thanks to new technology, man-made materials are now more versatile and durable than ever.

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Manufactured materials haven’t been utilised a great deal in the residential market, aside from those stylish surfaces seen in high-end kitchens and bathrooms. But this is set to change. While natural products will always have their place in interior design, composites are becoming increasingly popular for their versatility and durability. Nothing else can provide the seamless finishes required for so many projects – from walls and flooring to furniture.

 

What is a composite?

This term generally refers to materials formed by combining ingredients such as quartz and minerals with resin. The ratio of the ingredients will dictate how flexible the product is and how it is shaped and joined, or whether it can be poured. Most products (apart from tiles) must be fabricated and installed by specialists, usually through approved dealers.