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Solid-Surface Countertops

This durable material is less expensive than stone and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.

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-You ask a lot from your kitchen countertops. You want them to work hard and look good. Hi. I'm Lacey Howard. If you're looking for a cost effective alternative to stones, solid surface countertops are your tough hit. -Plus, these durable slabs come in a huge number of colors and patterns. -Ready for a tour? Let's go. -Solid surfacing is a synthetic resin that's molded by a manufacturer to your exact measurements and specifications. The resulting seamless slab is 1/2 to 1 and 1/2 inches thick, and can have cutouts for a sink, faucet or other countertop amenities. Solid surfacing manufacturers can mix dyes, particles and all sorts of interesting materials to produce solid surfacing that mimics natural stone or looks unique. A range of finishes is available as well from softly-honed to sleekly polish. -Solid surfaces are non-[unk] so it doesn't [unk] to stains or spills. It doesn't [unk] around the sink. -You can even include a solid-surfacing sink which provides an easy to clean, seamless edge between sink and countertop. You can request a variety of edges to dress up solid surfacing including Bullnose which is a rounded edge that is less likely to chip, Ogee which is an elegant S-shape profile, Bevel which is a slanted edge. -Although solid surfacing is extremely durable and resists scorching and melting, it's best to use a trivet with hot plates and pans. -Using a cutting board works better than chopping directly on the surface, and solid surfacing requires professional installation, so include shipping and installation costs in your budget. -Flex your design muscles and get creative. Pair solid surface countertops with other materials such as glass or ceramic tile. -Use solid surfacing for both counters and backsplash if you want a unified look.