Solid Surface Kitchen CountertopsBy Ron Hilton
What is Solid Surface?
Solid Surface, first manufactured by Dupont in 1964 is a material made from an acrylic or polyester resin. It is a very versatile material, that comes in a wide variety of colors, many which mimic the look of granite, quartz, or other natural materials. Solid surface is commonly used in things such as, kitchen and bathroom counter tops, shower enclosures, sinks, and window sills. It is also used as the binding around the body on some guitars.
Why Choose Solid Surface for Your Kitchen Countertops
Solid surface is not porous like some types of natural stone, so it is fairly stain resistant. Because of this, it is easy to clean and doesn’t harbor harmful bacteria, like other more porous materials. Because solid surface is the same color and pattern throughout, many scratches that occur, can be buffed or sanded out.
Solid surface is susceptible to melting or damage from heat. You wouldn’t want to sit a hot skillet on a solid surface countertop with out a hot pad. It can also be cut or scratched with sharp objects. So don’t cut on it without a cutting board.
The solid surface material comes in large sheets and is glued together with a glue that is matched to the color of the material. For this reason, it is possible to make the seams in solid surface counter tops virtually invisible.
Solid Surface is brands of solid surface are manufactured by different companies:
- Royal Stone
Are some of the solid surface kitchen countertop options.
Which Brand of Solid Surface Is Best?
The different brands come with different warranties, generally in the 10 to 15 year range. Also, not all brands come in all colors, so that may affect your choice of material as well. Another consideration is price. Some brands are priced higher than others. and generally manufacturers will price some patterns or colors higher than others. If you find something you like in one brand, you can may be able to find something similar for cheaper from another manufacturer.