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Solid Surface Countertops

Remodelers and designers are blessed with a multiplicity of options for countertop replacements. The only downside is trying to select a single type from the vast array of choices. Just after laminate countertops on the popularity scale are solid surface materials, often known by their popular brand names, Avonite, Corion and Gibraltar.

Solid surface materials make an ideal option for bathroom countertops because they are virtually unbreakable. Thick plastic composition forms a hard and unbreakable surface that is perfect for the high-impact needs of most countertops. Granite and marble are also tough materials, but their cost often makes them prohibitive for many homeowners. Solid surfaces are a smart alternative. In fact, sometimes the crack-proof qualities of solid surfaces are superior to granite or stone, and even the heat-resistance exceeds that of the natural material options. Solid surfaces are impervious to moisture, including standing water, and they are remarkably mildew- and stain-resistant. Solid surfaces come in a rainbow of colors, a host of patterns and a variety of styles.

Despite their great qualities, some homeowners have found that solid surface materials are prone to scratching. Even this downside isn’t too bad, when you consider that solid surface materials allow for these scratches to be sanded out using a fine-grain sandpaper.

Many homeowners love the look of expensive natural stone countertops, but don’t have the budget to afford them. That’s where solid surface bathroom countertops come in handy—they’re extremely durable and can even be made to look like the material you wanted in the first place. Here is some more information to get you started.

Costs

Average solid surface countertops cost $40-$80 per square foot, depending on the type, style, and brand purchased. Get a price quote to learn more.

Pros

Solid surface materials are impact-resistant and virtually unbreakable.

Resistant to heat and impervious to moisture—even puddles of standing water.

Solid surface materials come in a variety of colors and styles.

Cons

Heat can alter the color and appearance of solid surface countertops.

They can also be damaged by heavy impacts.

Solid surface materials are prone to scratching.

Durability

Solid surface materials are extremely durable, even more so than laminate because the plastic goes all the way through. They also are crack-resistant, making them stronger than stone in some cases. In addition, many solid surface countertops come with a 10-year warranty, so do your research before deciding on a brand.

Maintenance

One of the easiest materials to maintain, solid surface countertops should be regularly wiped down with non-abrasive household cleaner and a damp sponge. Wipe the surface dry afterwards.

Common Questions and Answers

Can scratches on a solid surface countertop be fixed in any way?

Yes, scratches on a solid surface countertop can be sanded out using fine-grain sandpaper.

History

The idea of the solid surface countertop was brought about in 1963 by engineers from the DuPont Chemical Company. The first solid surface countertops were Corian, and were installed in 1965.

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