Pros and Cons of Solid Surface Counters
Solid surface counters have been a staple in the kitchen and bath industry for about 50 years, and they aren’t going anywhere soon. These countertops are so popular because of their affordability, stone-like appearance, and durability. If you are considering a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the future, here a few pros and cons to consider when choosing your countertop material.
Solid surface countertops were created as a non-porous alternative to stone counters. Since they don’t allow any water or liquid penetration, they attract fewer bacteria and are more sanitary than stone options. Unlike laminate or ceramic counters, the solid surface material goes all the way through the counter. This feature allows the counters to be refinished and repaired. If there’s any damage to the material, such as a scratch or dent, it can be fixed by simply sanding the damaged area. Since these counters aren’t real stone, they’re less expensive than traditional counter options like quartz or granite. Even though the appearance of the counter doesn’t have the depth of real stone, they’re more realistic-looking than laminate.
The two main downsides of solid surface counters are that they’re weak and they can deform under intense heat. Since the solid surface material is relatively soft compared to stone, it’s more susceptible to scratches and nicks. Heat can also be very damaging to the appearance of the counters. Solid surface counters start deforming at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Homeowners with these countertops have to be vigilant about using trivets when placing their hot cookware on the counters.
Compared to other countertop materials, solid surface counters are a great option if your budget doesn’t allow for real stone. If you’re in the market for a total kitchen or bathroom remodel, or just want to update the look of your space with new counters, give us a call!