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F.A.Q


Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What the heck is Gem-Loc?
    2. What’s the big advantage?
    3. In what lengths is Gem-Loc available?
    4. Do you manufacture the whole countertop?
    5. What solid surface color goes with the laminate I’ve chosen?
    6. Who can install Gem-Loc?
    7. Is the installation process difficult?
    8. What about a backsplash?
    9. Am I too far away to economically ship Gem-Loc?
    10. When I order similar laminate edges like bevel, it takes 3-6 weeks!
    11. What if you don’t carry the material I’m requesting?
    12. What payment options are available?

    13. How do I get solid surface samples?


1. What the heck is Gem-Loc?

Gem-Loc Premier Edge is an edging for laminate countertops. Furthermore, it is a simple solution for turning an ordinary laminate surface into a very high end surface without drastically changing your budget. Gem-Loc combines laminate (the same material as your countertop) and solid surface (Corian®) into a decorative laminate molding.

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2. What’s the big advantage?

 

 

This list goes on and on, but we’ll try to narrow it down for you.  Gem-Loc provides a radius edge rather than the standard 90 degree flat lay edge or 45 degree bevel edge.  Most people find this much more pleasing to the eye and to the touch.  Combining solid surface and laminate into a decorative laminate molding opens up new avenues for the design community.  The solid surface can be used as an accent to the countertop and can help tie in the top to the rest of the kitchen.  For example, use the solid surface material to tie the countertop in with the cabinets or the flooring.  Or you can choose a subtle accent that will keep the focus on those lavish cabinets you’re so proud of!

 

In addition to the design and aesthetic benefits, the solid surface radius spreads the wear point over a larger area making the countertop much more durable and lengthening its life.  It makes sense that the edge of the countertop is going to incur the most abuse (think clothing, belt buckles, kids, etc).  On a traditional bevel top, the wear points are at the 45 degree points (there are two of them).  The melamine finish on the laminate begins to break down at these points immediately and in a few years you will already begin to see the black show through from the laminate core.

 

Gem-Loc provides a very high end look without the high end price tag.  For less than $300 additional cost to the average kitchen over bevel edge surfaces, Gem-Loc greatly increases the perceived value to you, your customer, or your neighbor!  In addition, because you choose the colors, you are going to have a custom tailored countertop unlike any of the neighbors.

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3. In what lengths is Gem-Loc available?

Gem-Loc Premier Edge can only be purchased in 106" lengths.  We do put our very own PLUS manufacturer seam on the end of each piece so you can easily make runs as long as you need. Please see our PLUS® page for information.

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4. Do you manufacture the whole countertop?

Loti Corporation only manufacturers Gem-Loc Premier Edge, but we do have a nation wide dealer network which can help you with your project. Click here to send a request for information.

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5. What solid surface color goes with the laminate I’ve chosen?

Gem-Loc is a custom order product so you have full reign to choose any laminate and any solid surface color. You could say Gem-Loc is custom tailored to meet your project and design requirements. Should you have trouble narrowing down the choices, check out our ideas section for suggested colors with some of our most popular laminates. If you are still having trouble, we’d be happy to suggest a few solid surface colors that might compliment the laminate you’ve chosen. Call us at 877-436-3343 or email us.

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6. Who can install Gem-Loc?

Gem-Loc should be installed by a professional, but does not require any special or certified training. For help finding a local dealer or fabricator, please use our information request.

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7. Is the installation process difficult?

Although the idea of a solid surface edge can be very intimidating, percentage wise, the majority of Gem-Loc is a wood substrate with laminate and solid surface as external or aesthetic components. As such, Gem-Loc performs like a wood product. No special training or adhesives are required outside the standard fabricator’s tool box. Any off the shelf wood glue will work, however, we recommend Tite bond II or III because of their moisture resistant properties.

 

The application of Gem-Loc is similar to that of bevel edge, with some slight differences making the installation of Gem-Loc even easier. Check out our installation video for more detailed information.

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8. What about a backsplash?

We do not offer a ready made backsplash because of shippinglimitations, infinite job requirements, etc. Instead, we offer a backsplash cap. Similar to the way in which the fabricator builds the countertop, the fabricator will build the core of the backsplash and then apply our backsplash cap. This allows the backsplash to be built to size and have the Gem-Loc cap on the ends of the backsplash where it meets the countertop. With a ready made splash, there is no way to cap the ends of the backsplash and will essentially give the top a flat-lay look, which you are trying to do away with. Check out our installation video for more information on the simplicity of the backsplash cap. You can also view the various profiles that are offered.

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9. Am I too far away to economically ship Gem-Loc?

Absolutely not! Shipping is more economical than ever with our new Fed-Ex shipping program. Check out PLUS® for more information.

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10. When I order similar laminate edges like bevel, it takes 3-6 weeks!

With the exception of special order materials, we always deliver in 2 weeks “to your door” or less. In fact, we are early 98% of the time; so you can count on us to keep your projects moving.

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11. What if you don’t carry the material I’m requesting?

Laminates and solid surfaces that we don’t inventory are often available as a special order. Please contact us toll free at 877-436-3343 for a quote. If we can’t get the material, you are always welcome to send us enough to fulfill your job!

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12. What payment options are available?

Because our products are custom manufactured, payment must be received prior to manufacturing. We accept checks, major credit cards and have been known to barter if you have something really cool. COD is not available. For a credit application, please click here.

 

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13. How do I get solid surface samples?

We produce a portfolio which shows all 150+ solid surface colors we carry. It is available for purchase or comes with our dealer incentive program. We also have selection guide brochures available that show all of these colors in print. Download our media order form or you can email us if you just need a couple brochures to show a customer.

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