Solid surface is a non-porous low-maintenance material used for surfaces such as countertops. It can mimic the appearance of granite, marble, stone, and other naturally occurring materials and can be joined nearly invisibly by a trained craftsman.
Solid surface countertops are manufactured using acrylic, polyester, or a combination of the two. These substances are mixed with a powdered filler and various pigments. Under heat, this mixture chemically cures to create a solid material that can be cut and sanded to form the desired countertop slab size.
Solid surface materials began with DuPont's Corian. The idea behind its invention was to have a surface that looked reasonably like natural stone, but unlike stone, would be non-porous. When you slice granite open, you will see a while, chaotic conglomeration of particles forming the slab. While this is beautiful, it offers multiple avenues for cracking and breaking.
Dupont's true intent was to create a surface that was the same form top to bottom, a homogeneous product. A cross-section of the solid surface shows that you can keep delving deeper into it and still get the same product, and this is essential in terms of damage repair.
The seamless and easy to clean transition from countertop to sink is a hallmark of a solid surface countertop. Sinks are manufactured from the same non-porous, easy to clean material as the countertop.
For most residues, all you need to clean your solid surface countertop is warm soapy water, ammonia-based household cleaner, or a dedicated countertop cleaner. Avoid window cleaners as they can leave a waxy build-up that dulls the surface. Always clean using a circular motion.
Our solid surface program allows you to pick and choose your top from the 25 colors we keep on site. On the right will show you the choices and below is a slideshow of our stock colors. Keeping so many colors on hand saves you time and money.