Duratop Epoxy is a Solid cast, monolithic epoxy resin, molded and oven-cured as a solid, uniformly constructed product, with smooth, non-specular finish, offering excellent quality laboratory top work surfaces and complimentary sink units. The impressive heat and chemical resistance of solid cast epoxy resin makes Duratop Epoxy the most popular choice for the rigors of a laboratory environment. The outstanding qualities of epoxy resin provide the safest, most economical and long-lasting work surface available. DURATOP epoxy laboratory counter tops are asbestos free. Duratop ULTRA is a LEED qualified material.
Epoxy surfaces resist discoloration, blistering, and cracking even under the harshest conditions. This extremely high chemical and heat resistance means DURATOP Cast Epoxy work surface and components, with proper maintenance procedures, will look like new after years of hard work in the laboratory or scientific environment.
Solid cast Epoxy work surfaces do not depend on surface coating for protection or use low cost core material. Their strength and durability are built right into each sheet or sink. The smooth, matte, low-sheen, non-glare finish eliminates distracting glare or light reflection and is easy to maintain. Duratop Epoxy is in compliance to all architectural and consultant specifications and compliance requirements.
FABRICATED WORK SURFACES, factory cut in accordance with approved shop drawings, are typically known in the industry as “Universal” countertops and are equivalent in detail to “Classic Tops” when fabricated with a 1/8” (3mm) to 3/16” (4.76mm) Radius or standard 1/16” (1.59mm) to 1/8” (3mm) Bevel or chamfer. Other fabrication detail includes sanded edges, along with sink cutouts (lipped or under counter mount), waterfall edge, marine edge, drip groove, back splash, faucet and gas tap holes, notches, electrical box cutouts, column cutouts, etc., all offered at an additional modification charge. Duratop Epoxy is provided without pre-prepped area for splines and spline materials are not provided with fabricated sheets.
Thickness tolerance for all surfaces, fabricated from each corner of top, shall not deviate more than plus / minus 1/32″ (1.5 MM overall) from normal, per Laboratory Work Surfaces & Accessory design specifications. Size tolerance in epoxy counter tops shall be plus / minus 1/8″ (3.175 MM). Epoxy joints between sheets should not exceed 1/8″ (3.175 MM).
According to specification, secure epoxy counter tops to cabinets with Duratop Epoxy Smooth-On 2-part adhesive cement, applied at each corner and along perimeter edges at not more than 48 inches (1219mm) on center. When necessary to penetrate counter tops with fasteners, countersink heads approximately 1/8″ (3mm) and plug hole flush with material equal to counter top in chemical resistance, hardness and appearance
Architectural specifications for work surfaces shall be either 3/4″ (19 mm) or 1” (25 mm) thick molded composite thermo-setting epoxy. A maximum of 1.25″ (32 mm) can be molded as a one-piece monolithic sheet. The Duratop epoxy surface finish shall have a non-glare satin finish. All exposed edges shall be eased to the specified radius, bevel or chamfer. All front overhang edges of 1″ (25 mm) on the work surface shall be factory machined to have a 1/8” x 1/8” drip groove on front underside at a distance of approximately ½” (13 mm) from the outside edge.
All holes for sinks and fittings shall be factory cut with a CNC Router or with power hand router as necessary. Splash backs and sides shall be the same material and finished as the work surface. Splash backs shall be ¾” or 1″ thick, supplied cut to size, and shipped loose for field installation. All joints between unfinished sections of tops shall be butt jointed and bonded on site with an approved bonding agent such as Smooth-On Epoxy Adhesive joint compound to ensure a smooth water tight joint. Laboratory counter tops shall be maintained regularly with common non-abrasive household cleaner. After cleaning, a light application of Scott’s Liquid Gold or similar mineral oil will help protect the surface. Spills shall be cleaned immediately. See Care & Maintenance procedures within our Website.