Flexibility in Design

Solid surface can be customized to fit your space, your needs, and your style.

Edges

At Countersync, we offer six different edge options for you to choose from for your solid surface countertops at no additional cost.

Countertop Options

For your kitchen counters, solid surface can be made to include built in heat rods that act as a built in trivet and a built in drain board.

The individual metal rods for the built in trivet each have their own groove carved into the solid surface. Each rod fits snugly inside, but can be removed for easy cleaning. A built in trivet is a great way to avoid accidental heat damage to your countertops.

An integrated drainboard can be carved directly into your solid surface countertop. The example below is our favorite choice for a drain board pattern. 

Integrated Towel Bars

Solid surface material can be fabricated to include a towel bar at the end of your countertop. This option is available for kitchens and bathroom vanities!

Vanity Option

Integrated collared bowls are a great addition to a solid surface vanity. Paired with an integrated solid surface sink, it means that your vanity has no seams and no grout to grow mold or mildew. A collared bowl provides some added visual appeal to your vanity.

Solid Surface Care and Maintenance

Cleaning

To clean your solid surface showers and countertops, use warm soapy water and a gentle cloth.

It's that simple.

Build Up

Using window cleaners on your solid surface products is not recommended because they can leave a waxy build-up on your surface that could dull the finish. Likewise, if water is left to dry on your surfaces, a film can build up. To prevent this, make sure to wipe your solid surfaces dry after spills and cleaning.

Chemicals

Solid surface material makes a nonporous surface, so there's no scrubbing required. If you would like to disinfect your surface using something like bleach, it will not damage your solid surface, though we do recommend diluting your bleach and following the safety instructions from the bleach manufacturer. 

Avoid getting chemicals like paint removers, oven cleaners, and nail polish removers on your counters. If there is a spill, flush the surface with water to rinse off the chemical and then dry off your surface.

Heat and Cutting

Solid surface is heat resistant, but to keep your countertops looking like new, please use trivets and hot pads to avoid scorch marks or heat damage.

Solid surface is scratch resistant, but never cut directly on your solid surface countertops. Always use a cutting board.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Can I put hot pans on my solid surface countertop?
    • You should never put a hot pan on any countertop surface. We recommend always using trivets and hot pads to maintain your counters. That being said, accidental placement of pans up to about 375 degrees shouldn't cause irreparable damage so long as the pan isn't left on your solid surface countertop. One of the biggest manufacturers of solid surface, Dupont, has a great Youtube video that can show you the limits of Corian solid surface.
  • Can I cut directly on my solid surface countertop?
    • You really shouldn't cut on any countertop. If you do cut on your solid surface countertop, you could scratch it, but you will likely ruin your knife.
  • What do I do if my solid surface countertop or shower gets burned or scratched?
    • Small burns and scratches can be easily removed by buffing your solid surface using a damp ScotchBrite pad in large circular motions. More serious damage can be inconspicuously repaired by the certified installers at Countersync. To see how effectively small burns and scratches can be removed, check out this video from Dupont.
  • Will my solid surface countertop stain?
    • Solid surface is non-porous, so nothing can penetrate it. Surface stains may occur, but warm soapy water and a gentle cloth can be used to wipe them away.
  • How do I clean my solid surface countertops and showers?
    • Warm soapy water and a gentle cloth is the best way to clean your solid surface showers and countertops. For stubborn or dried spills, you can use a non-abrasive cleaner such as Countertop Magic or something similar. Because solid surface is non-porous, it's a sanitary surface that isn't going to harbor bacteria, mold, or mildew, so you don't have to use harsh, abrasive cleaners. We recommend avoiding abrasive cleaners altogether as they can damage your solid surface products.
  • How do I keep my solid surface looking like new?
    • Each surface has unique characteristics that affect the proper course of care and maintenance. Generally, use soapy water or non-ammonia-based cleaners, and rinse and dry to clean. Common sense, in terms of limiting surface exposure to excessive blunt force, scratching, heat, or chemicals is always advised. 
  • Will my new solid surface countertops and showers have warranties?
    • Most solid surface manufacturers have warranties that are ten years or longer.
  • How long will it take to have my countertops and/or shower fabricated and installed?
    • For countertops, once the cabinets have been installed and are ready to measure, it usually takes from one to three weeks for us to measure, fabricate, and install your countertops. For showers, once the previous shower or tub has been removed and the area is ready to measure, it usually takes from two to three weeks to measure, fabricate, and install your shower.
  • Will Countersync remove my old countertops and/or shower?
    • Yes, we will remove your old countertops. For showers and tubs, we work with contractors who will do the removal. If you already have a contractor, we can work with them.
  • Does Countersync do the entire remodel?
    • No, but we have contractors, electricians, and plumbers we can recommend to help you with your remodel. Our main goal is to fabricate and install solid surface countertops and showers that fit your space and needs.
  • Will Countersync redo my cabinets?
    • We can recommend some companies that can redo your cabinets, and once they're installed, we can measure, fabricate, and install your new countertops.
  • How do I prepare for the installation of my new solid surface?
    • Check out our blog post on this topic here.

Installing solid surface is an investment, but if you care for it properly, your countertops and showers will always look brand new.

What is Solid Surface?

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.

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL HOMES THAT MADE THE SWITCH TO SOLID SURFACE!

 

SOLID SURFACE BENEFITS

  • Nonporous
    • Never needs to be sealed
    • Stain and chemical resistant
    • Mold and mildew resistant
    • Hygienic
    • Food safe
  • Seamless
    • 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
  • Solid
    • 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
  • Repairable
    • 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?

Nonporous Unlimited Colors No Sealing No Fading Seamless Heat Resistant Cut & Scratch Resistant Stain Resistant Repairable
Granite

Quartz

Tile

Laminate

Marble

Solid Surface

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. 

The Colors of Corian

With almost 130 different colors to choose from, you're sure to find a color that looks great in your space. The new colors this year added some new color collections. If you love the look of concrete, there is a new Corian Concrete Collection with four neutral hues that would give any space a modern, industrial edge. If patterns are more your style, the Corian Onyx Collection might be more for you. With Gray Onyx and White Onyx, your space would have a bold style and be filled with texture. To view all of the colors of Corian, including both of these new collections, check out Corian's searchable list here.

To see how these colors look in a space, take a look at DuPont 2020 Design Catalogs. The Corian catalog is a professional design software that helps you plan and visualize your space.

And always, if you'd like to see all of the colors of Corian in person, please stop by our showroom in Augusta. We'd be happy to help you pick out a color you love!