Everything you need to know about HIMACS

Find out more about the versatility, durability and stunning aesthetics of HIMACS acrylic solid surfaces in this guide from the experts at DFMK. 

©Luc Frey – HIMACS

At DFMK, we have dedicated over 40 years to the craft of transforming spaces. We’re approved experts in fabricating the leading solid surface brands, and our technical knowledge ensures we can turn your vision into a reality – adding an undeniable ‘wow factor’ to your projects through clean and modern lines.

Today, we’re looking a little closer into the world of innovative surface materials with a comprehensive guide to HIMACS – a quality range of acrylic solid surfaces that offers a whole range of fantastic benefits.

If you’re interested in using HIMACS in your next project and want to learn more, we’ve answered the most common questions you might have. Read on for everything you need to know about HIMACS.

What is HIMACS?

HIMACS is a ‘new generation’ acrylic solid surface material made of natural minerals blended with acrylic polymer and pigments. Since it was first introduced to the market in 1995, HIMACS has captured the imaginations of those in the industry thanks to its incredible design and functionality possibilities.


HIMACS was developed by LG Hausys (today known as LX Hausys), a subsidiary of the LG Group, to compete with popular solid surfaces like Corian. It was created as a response to the growing demand for solid surfaces that were both practical and visually appealing. Since then, HIMACS has gained popularity throughout the international market thanks to its ability to meet the diverse needs of designers, architects and homeowners alike.

Here at DFMK, we’ve worked with HIMACS for a long time and have a huge appreciation for the material. It’s perfect for delivering a smooth, seamless surface that not only looks great, it’s also long-lasting. Available in a vibrant range of beautiful colours and finishes, it has been designed with flexibility in mind – making it perfect for standing out in the world of design.

What are the benefits of HIMACS?

HIMACS offers a range of benefits that make it a great choice for interior spaces, as well as various design and construction projects. Here are some key benefits:

  • It’s versatile
    HIMACS can be thermoformed (heated and shaped) into a variety of different shapes and designs. This makes it an ideal choice for creative projects, whether in a residential or commercial.
  • Seamless joints
    A stand-out feature of HIMACS is that it offers a completely seamless finish, with no visible joins or seams. This makes the surface not only visually appealing but also enhances hygiene.
  • Non-porous and hygienic
    HIMACS is non-porous, easy to clean and resistant to staining. Spills can easily be wiped away, making it a great choice for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, as well as use in healthcare environments.

HIMACS surface samples

©Luc Frey – HIMACS

  • Design flexibility
    HIMACS is known for boasting an extensive and vibrant range of colours, patterns and finishes. Whether you’re looking for something classic or need a surface to stand out, there’s an option for every design aesthetic.
  • Easy maintenance
    HIMACS is straightforward to clean and maintain, with no special maintenance or sealing required. As it is non-porous, many everyday spills sit on the surface and can be easily wiped away. In most cases, warm soapy water is all that’s needed to maintain HIMACS’ pristine look.
  • Warranty for full peace of mind
    As an authorised HIMACS Quality Club Member, when you come to us for your HIMACS surfaces you’ll not only get the best quality installation, you’ll also get an industry-leading 15-year guarantee on the installation.
  • Diverse applications
    HIMACS can be used on a wide range of applications and projects, including kitchen countertops (as well as integrated sinks and backsplashes), bathrooms, wall cladding and architectural façades, reception desks, retail displays, healthcare and medical settings, and more.

What is HIMACS made of?

HIMACS is made using a combination of acrylic polymer resins, natural minerals and pigments.

  1. Acrylic polymer is a hybrid acrylic-based material known for its durability and easy maintenance, as well as its ability to be moulded into different shapes using thermoforming.
  2. Natural minerals are used to enhance the surface’s appearance and performance. They give HIMACS its solid, stone-like feel.
  3. Pigments are added to the blend to create different colour and pattern options. The pigments are blended in thoroughly with the acrylic and minerals to ensure a natural-looking, consistent appearance.

These key components come together to create a surface that not only looks the part but is also durable, hygienic and suitable for a range of different projects.


How much do HIMACS worktops cost?

The cost of a HIMACS worktop can vary widely depending on several factors like the type of product, colour and pattern, size and the complexity of the installation. It’s always best to reach out to your chosen supplier or fabricator for an up-to-date and accurate price. You can request a quote from us here.

How to clean HIMACS worktops

Cleaning a HIMACS worktop is a simple process thanks to its durability and non-porous finish. Most spills can be wiped straight up, and soapy water is all that’s usually needed for routine cleaning. More stubborn marks or dried-on stains can usually be removed using a mild detergent and soft cloth. This should not be left in contact with the surface for more than five minutes and should always be thoroughly rinsed and dried.

Find out more: HIMACS care and maintenance

Is HIMACS recyclable?

Yes, HIMACS is considered a recyclable material. When a HIMACS product reaches the end of its life cycle, the material can be recycled and repurposed, helping to reduce waste.

While there are always nuances to consider when it comes to acrylic surfaces and sustainability, LX Hausys, the manufacturer of HIMACS, is committed to environmentally responsible practices. You can read more in their Sustainability Report.


How many colour options are there?

HIMACS offers a wide range of colour options, with a diverse selection of different shades, patterns and finishes to choose from. This makes it great for a wide range of applications as it can be customised to meet most styles and design tastes.

HIMACS add new colours and finishes to the range regularly to meet ever-changing design trends and consumer preferences. If there’s something specific that you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re confident we can help.

Corian vs HIMACS: Is HIMACS the same as Corian?

Both Corian and HIMACS are great solid surface options with very similar benefits. They’re both made from acrylic polymers blended with natural materials and are known for being versatile and durable while offering a seamless appearance.

The main difference between Corian and HIMACS comes down to the manufacturers. Corian is made by DuPont while HIMACS is produced by LX Hausys. Corian has been in the market for longer than HIMACS (it was first sold in 1971), so has established slightly stronger brand recognition, although the newer HIMACS is still extremely well-regarded.

Ultimately, the choice between Corian and HIMACS will often come down to personal preference, specific project requirements and the availability of materials. Both materials offer superb quality and a wide range of design possibilities, making them perfect for bringing your projects to life.


Discover the possibilities

Getting the materials right is an essential part of any design project, and with its versatility, durability and stunning aesthetics, HIMACS is a fantastic option. Whether you’re envisaging a sleek kitchen, a cutting-edge reception area or something more unique, we can help you bring your vision to life with HIMACS.

At DFMK, we work with trade, commercial clients and domestic customers to create practical, beautiful solutions using acrylic solid surfaces. As a HIMACS Quality Club Member, we’ve been trained by HIMACS specialists and technicians in the fabrication and installation of HIMACS.

Are you interested in HIMACS for your next project? Request a quote today to get started. If you have any queries, please reach out to our friendly team.