Variety of Materials for Workstation Tops

There is no single top material that is suitable for use in every department. Nevin planners recommend top materials that are appropriate for the work to be performed and your budget.

1/2" Solid Surface

Solid Surface is a non-porous homogeneous material composed of natural minerals and high-performance acrylic. Solid Surface is hard, stain resistant, and easy to keep clean. Because of its solid composition, color and pattern go all the way through. Surface abuse can usually be easily cleaned or repaired. Solid Surface is very stain resistant, but strong acids will damage the surface. Solid Surface should also be protected from high heat.

Stainless Steel

Preferred in departments where tops are likely to be wet and dirty. Nevin stainless steel tops are seamless; sinks and backsplashes are welded into an integral unit. A raised marine edge keeps water on the top and prevents dripping on floors or cabinet fronts. The underside is sound deadened, and the top surface has a satin luster to minimize glare, resist scratches, and make maintenance easy.

Soapstone

Soapstone has been used historically in laboratory applications due to its inherent properties: dense, nonporous, high resistance to chemical attack & staining,withstands high temperatures and no special coating or sealing is required. Countertop soapstone is dense and heavy but is a softer stone due to its talc content. However if necessary it is easily repairable and renewable using common tools and 80 grit sandpaper.

Epoxy Resin

Epoxy resin tops are also in daily use in laboratories throughout North America. Epoxy resin is desirable for surfaces that must have excellent resistance to a wide variety of chemical reagents. Heat and abrasion resistance of epoxy resin is good to fair. Material available in 3/4".

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