Lab20® Aesthetics

Introduction

Apollo® Lab20 is manufactured from mineral filled polyacrylate/polyester resins. With superior innovative designs, enduring applications and excellent long-term performance, Apollo® Lab20 is ideal in both residential and commercial environments. Apollo® Lab20 has proved itself to be a remarkably durable material; it cannot delaminate and stands up well to daily wear and tear.

Joints

Apollo® Lab20 has inconspicuous and unobtrusive joints, and due to the level of pigment in the material, give the overall appearance of a seamless worksurface.

Tolerance

Tolerance in Apollo® Lab20 is ±2mm

Thermal expansion

Due to thermal expansion Apollo® Lab20 can expand up to 1mm per metre. A gap of at least 3mm should be left at each end of the worktop and filled with decorators caulk. When Apollo® Lab20 is joined to other materials (such as glass, steel or wood) an elastic type of adhesive, for example polyurethane, is required to let parts expand and contract freely.

Overhangs and supports

Any overhang of Apollo® Lab20 extending more than 300mm must be supported. Apollo® Lab20 should be supported every 600mm.

Hob and Sink Cutouts

Hobs must be integrated into an Apollo® Lab20 worksurface according to specified guidelines. Where an Apollo® Lab20 splash back or wall cladding is installed a gap of 50mm (minimum) is required behind an electric hob or 100mm (minimum) for a gas hob. A ‘breakfront’ may be necessary to accommodate this requirement. There must be a minimum of 50mm from the cutout to the front of the worktop and a gap of 120mm between heated cutouts. This is required under terms of the product warranty.

Upstands

Apollo® Lab20 coved upstands are manufactured and fixed in the factory. Due to manufacturing constraints there may be gaps, as these upstands are manufactured in a straight line. This type of upstand is not suitable for walls where there are large variations in the wall profile. Plastering or tiling should ideally be completed after the worksurface installation.

Scratches

Apollo® Lab20 is scratch resistant but not scratch proof; the use of chopping boards and/or pastrymates is recommended. Dark, heavily pigmented colours will show scratches, dust and ordinary wear and tear more readily than lighter, textured forms.

Staining

While most tough stains can be buffed away, a level of care and maintenance is required, as spills should be cleaned up immediately.

Repairable

Apollo® Lab20 can be easily be repaired. Using an ordinary abrasive cleaner and a scouring pad the surface may be fully restored to its original appearance.

Hygienic

Apollo® Lab20 is a non porous material and is naturally resistant to mould, bacteria and mildew.

Stainless Steel Sinks

Please specify the preferred undermounting of Stainless Steel Sinks. Silicone sealant may be rendered ineffective when plumbing the sink in, it is important that the sink is re-sealed by the plumber, or the 12 months guarantee will be invalid if the work is not carried out.