Solid surface is a non-porous material that has been on the countertop market since the 1960s. Usually, a perfect choice for any lifestyle, solid surface is a durable and low-maintenance material. Aside from residential applications, its continuous growth in commercial and industrial settings is due to its remarkable characteristics of durability, renew-ability, and flexibility.
Solid surfaces can mimic the appearance of natural materials such as stone and wood. The availability in hundreds of colors and visual textures, ranging from solid colors to marbleized, granite effect or wood impression, makes it a popular choice that match almost any budget.
Generally, there are three types of solid surface finishes; matte-satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. The most used and common is the matte-satin finish that acts like a coat that helps hiding minor imperfections on surfaces. A matte-satin finish when selected with light colors, usually deal better with unwanted marks such as scratches or scores resulted from daily wear.
On the other hand, a matte-satin finish selected with dark colors can work ideally when the dark surface is intended to be a showplace rather than a high-traffic surface where scratches and marks would be more noticeable. Certainly, darker colors will require more attention and care than lighter colors.
Unlike granite, marble or engineered stone, this flexible material is manufactured in sheets or panels that can be casted into a variety of shapes, including sinks, shower pans and bathtubs. Solid surfaces that have undergone years of wear and tear can be refinished, and even when they have been seriously damaged, repairing it is possible in most cases.
What makes a solid surface appealing is its seamless nature. Countertop fabricators join surface sheets into desired shapes using a two-part adhesive, after which the cured joint is machined flat. The same way, when working with backsplashes, the solid surface material follows the contours of the wall seamlessly and without gaps.