Solid Surface Countertops

Written by Adam Blau
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When planning your kitchen or bathroom, you might consider purchasing a solid surface countertop. Solid surfaces are synthetic materials such as Avonite or Corian, which may be somewhat less expensive than stone or concrete countertop surfaces. While there are some design drawbacks that are indicative of solid surfaces, their low cost might save you a few dollars in the long run.

Solid surface countertop materials are usually sold in sheets of a predetermined thickness. Because of this bulk sales method, the synthetic materials can be cheaper than the alternatives. However, there is also an inherent design limitation, in that you can't create a thicker (or thinner) countertop surface, should you so desire. If this thickness option is of no concern to you, solid surface countertops may be the right choice.

Solid surface materials, because of their synthetic nature, need less maintenance and upkeep than other building materials. Their appearance, too, will remain static throughout the years (unlike concrete, for example, which morphs and breathes over time). If the idea of an unchanging surface suits your tastes and decoration style, it may be worth it to get a solid surface countertop.

Combining Solid Surface and Concrete Countertops

Some contractors are combining elements of solid surface and concrete countertop designs to get the best of both worlds. Not all contractors are comfortable working with hybrid designs like this, but if this kind of mixture suits your tastes, it might be a good idea to find someone who can accommodate this desire. There is no one "right" choice for determining the material for your countertop; it is mostly a question of your style, the surrounding elements, and the amount you are willing to spend.

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