Solid surface countertops are manufactured products that have been around for nearly half a century, and are made of materials such as acrylic, polyester, resin, and minerals like aluminum trihydrate (ATH). Unlike natural stone, these countertops are solid all the way through—hence the name—and are resistant to breaking and cracking. Here is an overview of the benefits of solid surface countertops. If you’re looking to have these countertops installed in your home, contact an experienced company that offers kitchen remodeling services, and a large selection of solid surface countertops in Dutchess County, NY, as well as other kitchen countertops such as granite and quartz.
Solid Surface Countertops Are Highly Durable
Solid surface countertops are made to be uniformly solid throughout and, therefore, very durable. This characteristic allows them to resist impact better than many other types of countertops such as laminate and natural stone. Some are made with roughly 30% resin and 70% powdered minerals such as aluminum trihydrate, while others are composed of polyester, or 100% acrylic.
Solid Surface Countertops Are Nonporous
Unlike natural stone, such as marble or granite, solid surface countertops are nonporous and don’t need to be sealed every few years. Designed to look like natural stone, these countertops are also relatively easy to clean, and don’t harbor bacteria, mold, or mildew.
Solid Surface Countertops Are Low Maintenance
For the most part, these countertops don’t require a lot of maintenance. Cuts and scrapes on the surface can be easily buffed out using special sandpaper that’s made specifically for each solid surface countertop by the product’s manufacturer. Other types of countertops require more energy to maintain. For example, wood countertops are porous and hard to clean. Likewise, ceramic tile surfaces have porous grout lines that are difficult to keep clean. Granite and marble countertops are beautiful and highly desirable materials, but need to be sealed every few years. They are also prone to cracking due to the structural configuration of the minerals in the stones.