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Solid-Surface Countertops

Danny Lipford: Solid-surface countertop tips.

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This is what we've been waiting for, the installation of our solid-surface countertops. Now, with solid-surface countertops, there's a lot of fabrication that takes place before they make it out on the job, but once they make that on the job, it doesn't take long to complete the kitchen of this size. Before these guys started setting counters, they built up the cabinet top with strips of plywood to accommodate the big edge we're using. The large panels are made slightly larger than the space they need to fit. So, they can be marked and cut to fit on the site. The guys scribe a line on the back edge of the counter where it makes contact with the long sections of the wall so that they can trim it to fit that contour. Raw edges were cut out like this one for the range are buffed to a smooth finish. When everything is ready, they apply adhesive to the cabinet and lower the tops into place. For long sections like the one where the sink is located, several pieces are used, and then, they are bonded together with a special adhesive and clamps. When they're dry, the seam is sanded and buffed until it completely disappears. Well, they tell me there's a seam right here, but you certainly can't tell it. That's one of the big advantages of using a solid-surface type of countertop like we used here. But you can have a countertop like this one. It's about 15 feet long without any seams visible at all. The guys did a great job.