F.A.Qs

What is HI-MACS®?

It is a solid surface material comprising of 75% natural mineral and pigments set in an acrylic matrix.

What can it be used for?

HI-MACS® is so versatile that it can be used for a wide variety of applications in the home or in commercial property. Please refer to the Applications section.

How many colours are there?

There are currently 82 colours in the range (August 2016) and the range is being constantly increase. Please refer to the Products section.

What sizes are available?

Every HI-MACS® installation is bespoke so there is no limit to length, width or depth.

What sinks or bowls can be used?

There are currently 20 sink designs and 12 vanity bowl designs made from HI-MACS® available in over 60 colours. These can be seamlessly integrated into a worktop. Should you wish, sinks or bowls made from other materials such as stainless steel or ceramic can be used.

What finish is available?

HI-MACS® can be sanded to give any finish from matte to a high gloss. However, to keep cleaning and maintenance to a minimum a semi-gloss / satin finish is recommended.

How is it cleaned?

Normal cleaning is just done using soapy water. If marks remain on the surface, materials such as Cif or Flash can be used. Please refer to the Use and Care Section.

Does the colour fade over time?

HI-MACS® is UV stable and does not fade.

Some applications are external, such as cladding or signage and some colours are more suitable than others.

Can any colour be used for all applications?

Dark heavily pigmented colours will show ordinary wear and tear more readily than lighter textured colours. Advice on which colour to use for your project is contained within the Colours section and brochure or advice can be sought from your fabricator.

Does it scratch?

HI-MACS® is a high quality surface material. A chopping board should be used for food preparation and avoid moving rough based objects across the surface.

How does it react to heat?

In common with other high quality surfaces, pans or trays taken off the hob or out of the oven should be placed onto a trivet of some sort. Fabricators can incorporate hob bars into an installation.

Why joints are called inconspicuous?

In most cases the joint between one piece of HI-MACS® and another will be virtually invisible. In some cases under close inspection a joint may just be visible.

Are samples available?

50mm x 50mm colour samples are available on request. Please refer to the Contact form.

Are brochures available?

A4 colour brochures are available. Please refer to the Contact form.

Who fabricates HI-MACS?

There is a nationwide network of fabricators who are specially trained to fabricate HI-MACS®. 

Some specialise in residential work and some specialise in commercial work.

How does it compare to granite?

HI-MACS® is non-porous and requires no special sealing. Joints are inconspicuous and therefore more hygienic. There is a much wider choice of colours and effects. In the unlikely event HI-MACS® is damaged it can be repaired. Virtually any design can be achieved so length, width or depth presents no obstacles. HI-MACS® can be thermoformed (heated and shaped) so complex curves are possible.

Some colours have translucent properties so lighting effects can be achieved dependant on the colour or thickness.

When fabricated by a fabricator who is a member of the HI-MACS® Quality Club there is 10 + 5 year limited installed warranty.

How long will a HI-MACS® installation last?

Quite simply it will last as long as you want it to.

How much does it cost?

Every installation is bespoke so cost is dependent on the size and complexity of design of the installation. Also, cost does vary depending on the colour chosen. Fabricators will provide quotations.

As it will last as long as required the life cycle cost compares most favourably with other surface products.