ICPA Wins ANSI Nod for Solid Surface Standard
Mclean, VA The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the performance standard developed for solid surface materials by the International Cast Polymer Association, the ICPA said.
The standard, according to the McLean, VA-based ICPA, defines the baseline performance requirements for solid surface materials, used widely in kitchen and bath countertops, bathroom products and related residential and commercial applications.
A different national standard developed by the International Solid Surface Fabricators Association (ISSFA) has been in existence for more than a year, and the two trade associations have been at odds over which standard should be embraced by the nation's solid surface suppliers and countertop fabricators.
The ANSI standard creates the test methods regarding various areas, such as the structure, water resistance, colorfastness, stain resistance and cleanability of solid surface materials, including their ability to be fabricated with inconspicuous seams and to be restored to their original finish, the ICPA further explained.