Acrylic Solid Surface is more superior then Polyester Solid Surface. Acrylic Solid surface material is preferred where water & food will get in contact. Where demand for Hygiene is really high.
Polyester is just a Replica of Acrylic. It looks & feels like Acrylic Solid surface, but it isn’t. Polyster Solid Surface is a very lower quality as compared to Acrylic. In International market, Acrylic Solid surface is known for being Food Grade certified i.e it is hygienically clean for making kitchen Counter-top like surface. Locally in India not many people are aware of the differences. I am talking about home owners. When your designer or carpenter offers you beautiful Corian material, ask if it is Acrylic or Polyester.
Polyester has lower rate compared to Acrylic. Polyester doesn’t bend and we can bend Acrylic. Bending of solid surface & creating beautiful designs is unique selling point of solid surface, which clearly is not present in Polyster made material.
Having said that there are applications of Polyester solid surface & there is big market for it as well. All i want to tell Home Owners is do not get cheated on material you are being sold. unfortunately, there is no way for a layman to tell if material is Acrylic or Polyester.
If I go in the market today to buy solid surface will that vendor tell me whether it is acrylic or polyester?
Lot of them don’t tell.
Acrylic material is little expensive then Polyester but it is always good idea to prefer it.
Isn’t there any easy way to find out whether it is acrylic or polyester?
A solid surface professional can easily make out difference. But client is not in this field. By appearance it will look same. At times they will show catalog of Tristone or LG Hi-Mac – and they will finally deliver product of China. By Look and feel of the product a layman cannot understand the difference but in quality there is vast difference.