The installation of solid surface countertops has become increasingly popular in new home construction and old home remodeling projects. In point of fact, many sellers are finding that their homes are being turned down by realtors, and many potential home buyers are viewing it as a deal-breaker if a home under consideration doesn't have solid surface countertops already installed.
Solid surface is a term that describes a low-maintenance, non-porous, and repairable countertop created by pouring stone pieces, acrylic, resin, and other chemicals into a mold. It is heated and fabricated to form top sheets of countertops, sinks, shower pans, bathtubs, or even vanity tops. Solid surface countertops are known to be versatile and durable, thus it is a great substitute for real stones or wood. However, before considering the use of a solid surface for your countertop, it is important to know its properties and weigh its benefits and limitations. The following are some of the pros and cons to consider when opting to use solid surface countertops:Pros
Solid Surface Countertops have seamless features that make it consistent all throughout. There are no cracks, chips, or loose ends that might start the damage. It resists impact better than other countertops as well.
The solid surface countertop’s ability to be joined to the sink with no gaps and create a watertight transition eliminates hidden moist areas where mold and mildew might proliferate.
Its homogenous quality allows you to easily wipe down stains; this enables easy cleaning and low maintenance. Soap, water, and mild abrasive household cleaners are used for cleaning.
The greatest advantage of a solid surface countertop is its ability for scratches to be easily scrubbed out by hand and for cigarette burns to be easily sanded out. You don’t have to sweat too much while fixing damages such as these.
Solid surface countertops come in a wide range of designs and patterns that would likely suit your preferences and many even mimic stone, wood, or granite. It can easily be fabricated and shaped to fit any space.
Vulnerability to Heat and Deep Scratches
High-heat applications can damage solid surface countertops. High heat may discolor, scorch, and could even crack the surface upon contact. Cutting directly on to the surface can also damage the finish. It is therefore recommended that you use hot pads, trivets, and cutting boards whenever you place hot objects on these countertops.
Vulnerability to Strong Chemicals
Solid surface countertops are not immune to liquids containing harsh chemicals such as nail polish or paint remover, lacquer thinner, or oven cleaner. If exposed to their chemical components, the finished surfaces of solid countertops can be damaged.
Installing new solid surface countertops in your home may be costly. In order to assure durability and the best results, you may want to consider professional installation, but this does add to the cost. They may have higher fees but they offer long-term warranties and should back up their workmanship. The price for installation starts at around $50 to $200 per square foot.
The use of countertops has come a long way as far as being seen as something more than just a convenient area for food preparation, or for sharing meals on. Homeowners and contractors are considering the use of a solid surface to answer the growing demand for multipurpose countertops. Solid surface countertops may be a viable alternative that is sold on the market under many different brand names, so it is best to explore all of your options before choosing any particular one.