The following segment aired on Lifetime Television. Joining the show was Vince Albachiaro to discuss Kanwa Surfaces.
Designing Spaces: Next up on “Designing Spaces:” counter tops. Now, if you like the look of marble but maybe it’s a bit out of your price range, we’ve got a great alternative for you! We went to Sanford, Florida to get the story.
Fasculo: Whether a new home or a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, your choice for counter tops and wash basins is important to both the style and function. With a natural appearance of stone becoming increasing popular, more counter tops are taking on the granite look. With the beauty of granite come certain limitations. Designers and manufactures have been developing new materials that capture that beauty of polished stone without the downside. I’m here with Vince Albachiaro from Designs and Solid Surface, a Florida authorized pre-owned fabricator. And, Vince, we need not look far around this kitchen to see what jumps out at us.
Albachiaro: We have a beautiful countertop here, don’t we?
Fasculo: We really, really do. And I think most people who are watching at home would think that this is some sort of stone or quartz, but in fact it’s not!
Albachiaro: No, this is premier solid surfacing from Kanwa Surfaces.
Fasculo: Very nice.
Albachiaro: Yes, it’s a solid surface—the premier solid surface. So it’s totally seamless, it is environmentally friendly, it’s durable, it’s stain, chemical-resistant, and resistant to heat also.
Fasculo: Wow! You know, I find it unique that you said it’s environmentally friendly. How do you make a countertop environmentally friendly?
Albachiaro: Well, we’re very concerned about the environment. And that’s why we use 22% recycled materials in the beautiful countertop that we have here.
Fasculo: That is something we all need to concern ourselves with.
Fasculo: Also, I mean, when I look at this I think what it might cost for this to be a stone. In fact, it’s seamless; it would be ten times what you would pay for this.
Albachiaro: Yes. Solid surfacing allows you to have a seamless appearance in a continuous running surface, where you can have coal back-splashes, intricate sinks, and you can use it in many different areas. Let’s talk about some of the different colors and applications that we have. It comes in twelve beautiful colors. This one, Tumo, is our color that we’re using here in the kitchen. And again, because it’s a solid surface, it’s easy to clean and easy to maintain.
Fasculo (Designing Spaces): You know what? I love some of the names of these. I see Rhythmic Shine, and Orange Moon, Leche, Tiara, all across the board. So literally, something for every kitchen!
Albachiaro: Absolutely. Also, it’s great for use in bathrooms. It has an NSF 51 Certification for food service applications.
Designing Spaces: And I also understand it’s very easy to clean. Can you go ahead and give me a demonstration?
Albachiaro: It is really simple. It’s simple soap and water—just a wiping on the surface and a wiping off. Because it’s nonporous, nothing penetrates it. Where, with natural stones and granites and quartzes, any of those products—they can absorb water. And that’s where mold and mildew grows. And that’s what you can’t get with the solid surfaces.
Designing Spaces: Especially great for us who have little kids.
Designing Spaces: Now, I also understand that there is a quality about Breon that most people probably wouldn’t understand. Could you describe that to me?
Albachiaro: Well, they say this material actually admits far more infrared rays, which is supposed to have a soothing and calming effect on the people in the kitchen.
Designing Spaces: This is a good thing, especially around Thanksgiving so I can cook that turkey and be calm throughout the entire ordeal.
Albachiaro: That’s what they say. I prefer a glass of wine. But that is what they say.
Designing Spaces: Well, that sounds great! I’m calm already. Vince, thank you so much for inviting me into this lovely kitchen. This Henwa Surfaces Breon line is fantastic.
Albachiaro: Thank you very much, Brian.
Designing Spaces: Feeling good in the kitchen, I’m Brian Fasculo!
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