Solid Surface - Convenient and versatile
No doubt you've heard a lot about solid surface countertops, a popular option among designers and architects. But, what is solid surface and how does it compare to other options such as granite and quartz?
Solid surface countertops have been around since the 1970s. The point behind the invention of the solid surface countertop was to create a material, beautiful like natural stone but, non-porous like laminate. Dupont was the first company to come up with a viable solid surface product: Corian. They wanted this material to have uniformity; to look the same and have the same qualities no matter how you sliced it.
Solid surface is quite different from traditional countertop surfaces. However, there are three main areas in which solid surface can be a better option than other materials: sanitation, color consistency, and maintenance.
Sanitary. Granite certainly does win the prize for beauty, but without regular sealing it invites bacterial invasion and stains. Solid surface's extremely low porosity keeps bacteria away, promoting a cleaner and more sanitary countertop.
Consistent color. Unlike laminate or tile, the solid surface's material goes all the way through, from top to bottom. As a result, it resists impact better.
Easy to Rehab. Like other materials, solid surface will scratch if you cut on it. But with the manufacturer-recommended sandpaper, it's a simple task to sand down the scratches.
Corian is not the only solid surface brand on the block. There are many other manufacturers with beautiful solid surface products such as LivingStone, Staron, and Hi-Macs, to name a few. Talk to a Founder’s Choice designer today about available solid surface countertop choices.