Solid surface countertops are one of the best alternatives to natural stone kitchen countertops today. They have been around for more than 5 decades now and are quickly growing in popularity these days for their amazing benefits. Solid surface countertops can be the ideal solution for those homeowners looking into home renovation services that want the look and appeal of natural stone but for a lower price. However, its affordability is not the only thing that makes solid surface countertops attractive to buyers. It has many great features that make it perfect for use in the kitchen and bathroom as well.
The Pros and Cons of Solid Surface Countertop
Solid surface countertops may not be as visually stunning as some of the natural stones are but they do carry a few similar properties that benefit the homeowner. What’s more, you can resurface solid surface countertops using an orbital sander, making it easy to repair. You can even use fine-grain sandpaper to remove the scratches on solid surface countertops.
Solid surface countertops are nearly non-porous which makes your kitchen countertop resistant to bacteria and dirt accumulation. Its non-porous nature also makes cleaning and maintaining solid surface countertops simpler. Additionally, solid surface countertops are homogeneous in appearance too. They flaunt the same appeal throughout the surface, which can give your countertops a uniform and consistent look. You can never achieve such a homogeneous appeal from laminate or ceramic tiles. What’s more, it performs much better than multi-layered products like laminate in the high-traffic areas of the home.
The main drawback of solid surface countertops is that they are prone to damages from impact. Moreover, they can get scratched very easily as well. For that reason, kitchen remodeling services recommend homeowners to be extra careful when working on solid surface countertops, such as when using a cutting board or placing a heavy load on them.
Another commonly cited disadvantage of solid surface countertops is that they can deform if too much heat is applied on to the countertop. Although they can endure up to around 200°F, keeping frying pans or hot utensils that are above 250°F on them directly can damage solid surface countertops.
In spite of that, solid surface countertops can be a much better option than going for wooden or ceramic tile countertops. While these materials also offer great visual appeal for a low price, they do not match the qualities of solid surface countertops that make it better suited for custom kitchen renovations. Although they may get damaged if not used with care, you can easily repair solid surface countertops without having to call your kitchen remodeling services provider again. Besides, even popular natural stones like granite and marble can be prone to cracking and chipping if not handled with care.
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