Solid surface countertops are made out of a mixture of synthetic resins that harden together, and usually take on the appearance of natural stone. The unique material composition and construction process of solid surface countertops give them a distinctive set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding what they have to offer, and what you have to keep under consideration, can help you decide if solid surface countertops are the best fit for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.
Advantages of Solid Surface Countertops
Seamless: The largest advantage of choosing solid surface countertops over comparable materials is the fact that solid surface counters can be made to be completely seamless. This is because they are poured into place from liquid resins and allowed to harden. You can easily have a solid surface countertop made for your kitchen or bathroom that fits perfectly, without worrying about seams that can be hard to clean or that can create an uneven surface.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning: Solid surface countertops are completely non-absorbent and can be easily wiped down with most common household detergents to be cleaned. There is no regular sealing or other maintenance that has to be completed to ensure that your counters stay in good condition. Further, since your countertops are seamless and integrated with your sinks and other countertop installations, there are no weird and awkward places that you will have to clean out.
Easy Repairs: Another significant benefit of solid surface countertops that should be noted is that they are colored the same all the way through. This means that if your countertops, for whatever reason, become damaged or marred in a minor way, you can easily repair the appearance of your countertop by sanding out the damage by hand.
Disadvantages of Solid Surface Countertops
Heat Resistance: One of the major disadvantages associated with solid surface countertops is that they are not very effective at holding up to heat exposure. This means that you cannot place hot pans, dishes, or appliances like hair straighteners directly on them, as it runs the risk of causing structural damage to your countertops that can be hard to replace.
Staining: Another key disadvantage of solid surface countertops over their alternatives is that they are susceptible to staining when exposed to certain chemicals. Cleaning solutions, nail polish remover, makeup, and other things that are commonly found in your kitchen and bathroom can cause severe discoloration that may be impossible to remove on your countertops, which means you have to take care when it comes to spills.
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