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Solid yet Flexible, with a Variety of Colors and Finishes

Solid Surface Countertop

Those aiming for a picture-perfect kitchen should certainly investigate solid surfacing. Made of solid synthetic sheets formed by mixing a mineral compound with polyester and/or acrylic resins, the countertop is smooth and uniform throughout; you can get the look of stone without the seams or potential color variations. Solid surfacing's flexibility and formability also offers the opportunity to create untraditional countertop countours, such as an island shaped like an artist's pallet.


Pros

  • Because it's solid (the pattern or color runs throughout), chips, dents and scratches can be repaired easily

  • Comes in a variety of colors and finishes ranging from gloss to matte; it can look and feel like stone

  • Flexible enough to form decorative shapes and an integral sink

  • Can be molded into a single seamless piece; if seams are necessary, they're inconspicuous and non-porous, preventing the growth of bacteria

  • A high-gloss countertop can be buffed back to its original luster


Cons

  • May crack as it cools down after a hot item has been on it

  • Will stain; however, because it's nonporous (that is, nothing soaks too far into it), spots can be scrubbed out

  • Could become discolored if a heavy object falls on it

  • You'll need to use a cutting board, though scratches can be sanded out


Maintenance

According to the DuPont Corian Web site, most dirt can be removed with soapy water or an ammonia-based cleaner. You can disinfect the surface with a solution of diluted household bleach (one part water/one part bleach).


Cost

About $40-$90 per square foot.

 

 

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