The only kind of countertops I do currently is laminate. Most of my clients are getting granite these days which I sub out. I have been entertaining the thought of offering solid surface and have watched some YouTube videos on it. I was wondering if any of you guys do it and is it lucrative and worth doing, or lucrative yet not worth it, is there much of a demand for it, worth the investment of tooling, the training? Thanks
I don't do it but will be interested in the replies you get. I almost tried it last year on a commercial project but a friend talked me out of it. He said he hated working with it b/c it created a fine dust that got everywhere, and I guess was much more a PITA to deal with than sawdust. So I ended up subbing it out and just tacked 10% on to their price.
Not sure I'd want to invest unless your sure you have a market. Around here it's either natural stone or artificial stone for residential.
I'm in Ky Pat. It's all about the clientele here. Average kitchen that I'm doing here the granite is anywhere from 7 to 11k. I'm not ready to get into it by any means just gathering info about it. I do think that I could replace some of the laminate work with it assuming it's more affordable than the stone...
In my area, Chicago . I'ts all stone or man made stone, very little laminate.. I used to have a fabricator that did solid surface but he closed his doors.. From my understanding that solid surface was more expensive than granite by quite a bit...
But in Chicago there are so many granite guys its almost comparable to laminate, for the easy stuff that is...
I've been doing SS work for about 5 years now. I just bought a thermoforming oven today!
I've got a stand-alone furniture product that is primarily laminate, but about 15% of the tops are SS. The prices I get for the SS tops I do are REALLY good.
Like another poster said, it's pretty basic stuff. You don't have to buy any new equipment. Just cut it, glue it, and sand it. If you have the opportunity to do that work, there's no reason not to price it high and give it a try.
Depending on how much labor you want to spend: Saw blade designed for SS, 3.25 hp router +, sink round over bits for SS, orbit sander, adhesive dispenser, lots of spring clamps. One step up: 2nd router, coving jig & bit, 11" sander & supplies, higher quality sanding discs. Next step: vacuum sink mounting system, a way to cut precise miters so you can miter fold edges instead of the layering (a CNC router works well also allows nice resin inlay work, need software too.) Next: An oven for thermoforming, silicone membrane for your vacuum press. And last but most important a stream of work to pay for your system. It is a neat material allowing great design work. When sold as a designer material it has an advantage over stone & quartz. Simply sold as another choice in counter tops, it's a hard sell.
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