Solid Surface Material
Solid surface countertops and showers are a beautiful and durable choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and offices. Available in a wide ranging palette from solid color to granular, stone-like appearances, solid surface material offers repairable surfaces for homes and businesses. Solid surface is made from acrylics, alumina trihydrate (giving the material a Class 1 Fire Rating meaning it is highly resistant to fire), mineral pigments, and added particles to give texture to the surface. The method used to mix these ingredients creates color and patterns that flow uniformly through the thickness of the material. The inclusion of acrylic makes the solid surface nonporous, which means the material will resist bacteria and mildew as well as mold and stains. Unlike other materials, solid surface will not fade over time. Solid surface material is strong and impact resistant. Should damage occur to countertops or showers, repair is relatively easy.
Solid surface countertops and showers can be designed with greater flexibility than other countertop materials. Most projects are easily fabricated with invisible seams. Solid surface material can be grooved or carved to make integral drain boards in kitchens; it can also be inlaid with other colors to form designs in countertops and showers. Solid surface sinks can be seamlessly integrated into kitchen or bathroom countertops without overhangs, rims, or rough edges. Standard self-rimming sinks or under mount sinks may be used instead if desired. Coved backsplashes can be bonded to countertop surfaces, making connections between counters and walls watertight. Countersync offers six free edge options for countertops. Custom countertop edge profiles can also be fabricated to match edge shapes on cabinetry trim. Of course, the more complex the custom design and shape, especially for the finished edges, the more expensive the project will be.
Solid surface is the only material that features sinks that are seamed directly to the countertop with no gaps or caulks.
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Solid Surface Benefits
- Never needs to be sealed
- Stain and chemical resistant
- Mold and mildew resistant
- Food safe
- Smooth to the touch
- No grout
- The only material with molded sinks seamed directly to the countertop with no gaps or caulks
- Built-in coved backsplashes for watertight transition
- No fading over time
- Scratch and heat resistant
- Use of trivets, hot pads, and cutting boards is highly recommended to prevent minor damage and maintain quality of countertops
- Color and pattern present throughout the thickness of the material
- No veeners to chip, crack, or peel
- Wide range of colors and textures
- Edge and border options available
- Because the color is throughout the material, most damage can be repaired by a resurfacing sand and buff
- Cracks, chips, or breaks can be repaired without removing the entire surface
- Minor scratches and surface stains can be removed with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad used in wide circular motions
- Low maintenance
- Warm soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth to clean
Durability of Solid Surface Countertops
In terms of construction and durability, there is not much else out there on the market that can compete with solid surface countertops in the kitchen. They are extremely stain and scratch resistant. Stubborn stains and mild scratches may be buffed away by the homeowner using a Scotch-Brite sponge in large circular motions.
Solid surface countertops are quite resistant to heat and are non-porous. Warm water, soap, and a cloth are about all you’ll need to keep your counters looking great. Solid surface counters are also very hygienic and food safe. They have a Class 1 Fire Rating and are a great choice for families on the go or busy cooks who need an easily maintained kitchen surface.
Solid surface countertops are hygienic and they are impervious to water, liquids, and are low in VOC emissions.
Solid surface kitchen countertops offer homeowners the benefits of a warm-to-the-touch surface with low maintenance requirements.
How Does Solid Surface Compare?
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Granite countertops are a popular choice, but the benefits of solid surface outweigh the benefits of stone products like granite, quartz, and marble. One of the advantages of solid surface material is that there are a variety of colors and textures to choose from, so if you're in love with the look of a stone product like granite or quartz, a similar look can be achieved through solid surface.
Stone products require more maintenance than solid surface. Granite and marble countertops need to be resealed with nontoxic sealant on an almost yearly basis. Solid surface never needs to be sealed because it is a naturally nonporous surface.
For countertops in kitchens and in places like doctors' offices, where counters must be clean, solid surface is a good choice because of its nonporous quality. Solid surface material is hygienic, easy to clean, and long lasting.
Many people love the fact that granite is heat resistant as well as cut and scratch resistant. Solid surface is heat resistant up to a degree, and is somewhat cut and scratch resistant, but the best way to avoid scorches and scratches is to use a trivet, hot pad, and cutting board on any countertop surface. If granite gets cracked or scratched, there is no fix. Solid surface can be repaired in place by professionals without ripping out entire sections and replacing them and minor damage can be repaired without the help of professionals.
Tile in kitchens and bathrooms is a cost effective option, but the problem with tile is the grout. No matter how close the tiles are placed to one another, there will always be grout. While tile itself does not need to be sealed, the grout does. Cleaning tile grout is difficult, and preventing the buildup of bacteria, mold, and mildew is almost impossible. Solid surface is seamless, there is no grout to scrub.
Laminate countertops are another cost effective option, but their problem is regular wear and tear. Laminate will show its use and age. Because laminate is a veneer, it is easily cracked, chipped, and broken, but expensive to repair. If solid surface material ever does get damaged, it can be easily repaired in place.