Kitchen Countertop Materials: Solid Surfaces

Posted on January 11, 2019

Solid surfaces are comprised of materials like Avonite, Gibraltar, and Corian. These are made of either polyester or acrylic, or a combination thereof. The advantage to choosing solid surface materials for your NYC kitchen remodeling plans is that they are virtually scratch proof and stain proof. They are also easy to replace and repair. Surface damage can be sanded out and any concave areas arising through excessive sanding can be filled in.

The seams are usually fused in order to make remove any joints. This material is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They are also made to imitate other materials like stone or ceramic. Sinks made of these materials are also quite common.

While many purists argue that these materials are simply cheap imitations of stone counters, this does not change the fact that it has been in prolific use for four decades in countless kitchens. They have the distinct advantage of being available in countless unique designs and can be used for more than just countertops.

Some composite solid surface materials known as engineered stone have even exceeded the winning qualities of natural stones. They are harder than them and have a clarity and depth that natural stones do not possess. The price of composite solid surfaces are a bit higher than regular solid surfaces ranging from $130 to $200 per sq feet but keep in mind that these materials are in the same league or, as some people would state, even better than granite counters.

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