Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: Solid Surface Countertops

Ron Nanberg | Thu, Dec 12, 2013 | Kitchen Remodeling
Because there are so many different kitchen remodeling styles available, you may be confused as to which type of countertop to implement. Not to worry; while you have a bevy of options available to you, there are definitely some materials that are more cost-efficient and generally easier to work with than others. For instance, solid surface countertops are one such option. If stone, glass, or wood is not your flavor, read on for more information about solid surface materials for your countertops.

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Pros of Solid Surface Countertops

One of the best things about solid surface countertops is that their seams are completely invisible. This is because they are made from acrylic and polyester materials, which means that they are easy to mold and customize. Additionally, the overall customizability of solid surface materials means that you have hundreds of colors and textures at your fingertips. You can choose from a more stone-like appearance or a solid color to make your kitchen pop. Additionally, because they are so easily molded, solid surface materials can be joined faultlessly to the countertop.

Additionally, the durability of solid surface countertops is a plus for any kitchen remodel. This is because these countertops are not porous, so they are resistant to staining and are easy to clean. If they are burned or scratched, solid surface countertops can easily be buffed or sanded to fix the issue at hand, and the lack of cracks or pores means debris is not easily trapped.

Of course, one of the most important pluses of choosing solid surface countertops is that they are some of the most affordable on the market, running from about $45 to $75 per square foot – a huge difference from certain other materials, which can run hundreds of dollars per square foot.

Cons of Solid Surface Countertops

Of course, there are a few drawbacks. For instance, for all its durability, solid surface countertops do not do well with heat – a hot pan on this type of material can cause discoloration or can even pop a previously invisible seam. Some people believe that solid surfacing has an artificial look, because it is made largely of plastics. Also, solid surfacing does not do well with sharp knives. While smaller scratches are less of an issue, deep nicks are not as easy to remove.

If you have any questions about solid surface countertops or any other material that you are considering for your kitchen remodeling project, never hesitate to contact us at Kitchens & Baths Unlimited.