Solid Surface Counter Tops: An FAQ
Solid surface counter tops are commonly used in modern kitchens. They're desirable because of their attractive appearance and durability. The more you know about solid surface counters, the easier it will be for you to decide whether or not this type of counter is right for you.
Q: What are solid surface counter tops?
A: Solid surface counter tops can be made from either polyester or acrylic. They're made from the same material all the way through, and have no special coatings or layers.
Q: What colors and textures are available for solid surface counter tops?
A: Many solid surface counters are designed to mimic the look of natural stone. They tend to come in earthy, muted tones and have small flecks of texture that can resemble materials like quartz or granite. They are available in a variety of different finishes, from matte to high-gloss.
Q: Besides the composition of the material, how do these counter tops differ from natural stone?
A: Solid surface counters are non-porous and will not stain as readily as natural stone, nor will they wear down or absorb liquid like natural stone. Solid surface counters also don't need to be resealed like natural stone.
Q: How are solid surface counter tops maintained?
A: These counter tops can be washed down with warm water mixed with a mild detergent. To remove stains from counters with a matte finish, use a paste made of baking soda and water to scrub at stains. To remove stains from high-gloss counters, use solid surface spray cleaner, which is available for sale at some home improvement centers and hardware stores. Relatively mild abrasives will not damage these counters.
Q: How durable are solid surface counter tops?
A: Solid surface counter tops are impact resistant because they're made from one solid, strong surface. They do not crack or chip under normal impact. Solid surface counters can be scratched by sharp knives; however, these scratches can be sanded out of the surface, leaving a small dent instead of a scratch. Solid surface counter top manufacturers can provide sand paper for this purpose.
Q: Are solid surface counter tops heat resistant?
A: Solid surface counter tops are not considered particularly heat resistant. Hot pans and pots can melt or scorch the surface. To protect your solid surface counters from heat, use a trivet and/or pot holder to protect your counters, or avoid placing hot pots on the counters all together.
For more information or to obtain a quote for installation, contact an authorized solid surface retailer for more information.