Solid Surface Countertops for the Kitchen

Marrying the strength of granite with the versatility of laminate, the solid surface countertop is a top kitchen surface choice.
Traditional Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Floor

Traditional Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Floor

Photo by: Photo courtesy: LG Hausys America, Inc.

Photo courtesy: LG Hausys America, Inc.

Solid surface countertops add a durable and stylish touch to this kitchen's island. Wrapped in wood floors and cabinetry, this space has a timeless, traditional feel.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

If words like "durable," "long lasting" and "easy-to-clean" sound like music to your ears, then a solid-surface countertop is the kitchen surface for you. Available in a number of styles, solid-surface countertops are made to look like their more costly brothers, such as granite and marble. Typically made from acrylic and polyester materials—which are essentially plastics—solid-surface countertops are non-porous, making them resistant to harmful bacteria.

Inspired Examples of Solid Surface Kitchen Countertops

From: Drury Design

Photo By: Drury Design

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While budget and overall kitchen design are certainly important factors to consider when choosing a solid-surface countertop, it is also important to consider the cost of installation and damage repair, in addition to making room for the sink of your choice.

Solid-surface countertops come in a wide range of colors and styles, so finding one to suit your kitchen design should not be a problem. Many are even made with a mix of particles to make them mimic other surfaces like stone, wood and glass.

Corian countertops are one example of a solid surface. The countertop is made with a nonporous acrylic polymer and made in a variety of colors and patterns, ranging from creamy white to speckled gray.

The color and pattern are consistent throughout the countertop, so it will not change its appearance with wear and tear that naturally occurs over time.

The overall look of a Corian countertop is smooth and similar to that of a stone surface. Damage can be easily repaired with scrubbing or light sanding.

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