What Is A Solid Surface Countertop?

Are you looking for a modern looking, high value, excellent performance and high temperature resistant countertop material, if so, then I can tell you for sure that solid surface is the way to go.

Solid surface worktops have been a fixture in kitchens and bathrooms for more than 50 years. With the exception of quartz, very few countertop materials have managed to acquire the same prestige as what could have once been deemed trendy.

 Many countertop buyers end up choosing it after carefully comparing the pros and cons of it to other countertop materials. Buyers who are not interested in laminate countertops but are still looking for an affordable countertop often prefer solid surface materials as well.

#1.What is a solid surface countertop?

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The solid surface material started with Corian from DuPont. The goal was to create a surface that would look quite like natural stone, but unlike stone, it would be non-porous. And, as one goes deeper and deeper into this material, one still gets a homogeneous product. This avoids the occurrence of cracking and breaking.

Solid surface countertops are made up of a mixture of acrylic resin, pigments, and mineral dust.These mineral dusts are derivatives of bauxite, aluminum trihydrate (ATH).ATH ,as a fine white powder , much like baking soda, it can help the solid surface maintain its smooth consistency. The many different colors and styles of solid surface countertop are achieved by different mixtures of pigments and mineral dusts. The main attraction of a solid surface is that it is easy to make and can create invisible seam countertops.

 

#2.What is the production process of solid surface countertop?

Resin refining- -raw material mixing and stirring- -liquid casting- -heating and curing through 30 m kiln (80℃) - -automatic cutting of slab length- -inspection of length- -automatic edge cutting- -sanding and grinding of back side- -sanding and grinding of front side- -sanding and finishing of front side- -inspection of width and thickness- -inspection of appearance- -spraying of slab code- -covering front side with protective film- -stacking of wooden pallets (20-30 pieces in one pallet) - -covering paper skins- -putting corner guards- -packing belt fixing.

 

#3.What are the characteristics of solid surface countertop?

1.Seamless splicing

The most appealing characteristics of solid surface countertops is their ability to achieve seamless splicing. With a bonding adhesive,the seam is created so tightly that it is barely visible to the naked eye,giving the countertop a clean and elegant look.

 

2.Superior appearance

Solid surface countertops have a warm, natural texture.The surface is very comfortable to touch and has a unique aesthetic appeal. And because they come in a variety of colors and patterns, you can find one that perfectly suits your taste.

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3.Resilient, repairable and refurbishable

Solid surface countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners because of their resilience. Unlike other types of countertops, solid surface countertops can be repaired and refurbished if they become damaged. This makes them a great option for families who entertain often or families with children or pets who might accidentally damage the countertop.

 

4.Non-porous surface

The amount of resin in the mixture ensures no-porosity.Therefore, compared to natural stone countertops,solid surface countertops require no sealing.

The non-porous nature of solid surface countertops means they won't absorb spills or stains. This makes them very easy to clean and maintain. Non-porous surface also makes them resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew. This is a great benefit for those who are concerned about food safety.

 

5.Heat bendable

Solid surface countertops can be shaped to fit any design. This makes them ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where you need a durable, long-lasting countertop.Heat bendability also gives solid surface countertops the ability to resist damage from hot pans and other kitchen items.It should be emphasized that heat bendability is something that quartz countertop material cannot do.

 

6.Environmentally friendly and radiation-free

Since solid surface countertops are environmentally friendly and radiation-free,so they are a great choice for the health-conscious home.

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7.No discoloration

One of the best things about solid surface countertops is that they will never discolor. This is due to the surface being non-porous, meaning that it does not absorb stains or spills like other surfaces. No matter how much use they get, solid surface countertops will always look like new.

 

8.Fire and moisture resistant

In practice, solid surface countertops are rarely heated.In very few possible burning cases, only the solid surface countertops should be sanded and repolished to remove stains.It's a process that homeowners can easily complete on their own with an orbital sander and fine grain sandpaper.Plus,due to its non-porous benefit, it is also waterproof, so solid surface is actually suitable for bathroom basin countertop as well.

 

9.High hardness

Solid surface countertops are also known for their high hardness. The surface is very strong and durable, so you don't have to worry about the countertop cracking or breaking over time.

 

10.Easy maintenance

Solid surface countertops are very easy to clean and don't require any special cleaners or treatments. A simple wipe down with a damp cloth is all it takes to keep them looking great.

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#4.How solid surface countertop compares to other material countertops?

The perfect countertop material is what people are always looking for. But no countertop material is absolutely perfect, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Your final choice depends on your personal practical needs.

 

Stainless steel countertop

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While stainless steel countertops are very popular in restaurant kitchens, people rarely choose them in residential kitchens.

Although no matter how to use stainless steel countertop, it is impossible to get cracked, one obvious disadvantage is that it is less aesthetically pleasing with its dull appearance. It is also vulnerable to cuts and scrapes, a little something sharp will leave scratches on its surface, and difficult to repair. In addition,the steel plate of stainless steel countertop is not thick, and will deform and bulge after long-term heat.

 

Solid wooden countertop

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Warm solid wood has a beautiful wood grain, and because of the addition of solid wooden countertop, your kitchen will have an extra touch of warmth.

But what you must know is that it is generally suitable for use in preparation and dining areas where there will not be much grease or long encounters with water. When there are spilled sauce or juice on it, wipe it off immediately to avoid being stained. It should not be used directly as a cutting board or put hot pots and pans directly on it, otherwise it will get burnt. What’s more ,it needs regular grease sealing maintenance, otherwise it will easily produce scratches.

 

Natural stone countertop

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Since natural stone countertops are made of stone in nature, the colors and patterns of the countertops are naturally formed and look richer and more diverse, and people can freely match these styles.Natural stone countertops are also more hard, more resistant to wear and tear in daily use, and the service life will be long.

However, the disadvantage is that the surface has many small holes invisible to the naked eye, so the dirt is easy to seep through, not easy to clean. Their splicing has gaps, and they are not easy to do modeling. Plus, the natural stone is easy to break during construction, so be careful when handling and construction. Its price is also not cheap.

 

Tile countertop

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Tile countertops are durable and easy to clean. With a wide selection of prices, colors, textures and design styles, tiles are great for most families. And because they are installed piece by piece, homeowners can also do the installation themselves.

However, daily use can leave dirty marks in the tile seams and can easily harbor bacteria. Grout lines will fade over time. The tiles of poor quality are easy to crack and fall off, and the countertop may easily break under the impact of heavy objects.

Of course, you also want to know about sintered stone countertop and quartz countertop.

 

#5.Can you DIY solid surface countertop yourself?

For people who want to DIY solid surface countertop themselves, they will find it difficult to obtain raw materials. This is because it is an authorized and licensed retailer that can obtain these raw materials. And, without special tools and expertise, it is recommended that you leave it to a professional installer to handle.

 

Conlusion

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Solid surface countertops are easy to maintain and look timeless. They have seamless joints and are not porous, resisting stains and bacteria. They are hard, impact resistant and require very little maintenance. They are easy to clean, and scratches can be easily sanded and polished away. Their most important value is that they are almost as durable as granite, marble or quartz countertops.The last reason that you will be using solid surface countertop is because you are a SMART PERSON.

 

Looking for a reliable supplier?

If you are considering having solid surface countertops installed in your home or business, it is important to find a reliable supplier who can offer you a variety of options. You should also make sure that the supplier you choose has a good reputation and is able to provide you with the level of customer service that you deserve.

Here at WIFi Ceramics, a professional tile supplier in China, we are confident you’ll be satisfied with your purchase of our solid surface countertop products.

We are the second factory in China to actually apply a fully automated steel strip production line, which is of the highest standard in China. Our solid surface slab is mainly made of a mixture of  imported acrylic resin from Japan, high end aluminum hydroxide from China, TIONA and MITSUBISHI brand pigments. The steel strip is made of special steel imported from Japan. Depending on your needs, the thickness of our solid surface slab can be customized (4-30mm) in bulk ,while the industry standard thickness is 12mm.Customized size is also available.

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Contact us today to learn more about our solid surface products and services. We look forward to working with you to create the perfect countertop for your space.

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