Origin: Synthetic or manufactured solid surface countertops are constructed with man-made materials, most frequently acrylic, but additionally polyester resins, marble dust, along with other pigments.
Popular Brands: Dupont Corian, LG Hi Macs, Formica, Wilsonart, Staron, LivingStone.
Ecological Impact: High. Made mainly from non-renewable sources like petrochemicals and aluminum trihydrate (ATH) production and manufacturing is extremely energy-intensive, and also the materials are not recyclable.
Pros: Non-porous, therefore it is stain-, mildew-, and germ-resistant strong and self-supporting, needs no plywood underlayment simple to buff out scratches could be installed seamless making to mimic other high-finish materials like marble and granite.
Cons: Susceptible to heat, dents, and scratches relatively costly.
Installation: Professional installation suggested, because these countertops are extremely heavy and costly. Greater-priced solid surface can include the cost of installation.
Cost range: $50-$200 per feet.
Kitchn Readers Reviews:
Another election for Corian. It takes zero maintenance, could be seamlessly repaired when chipped, etc, so that as pointed out is available in any color or pattern you can want. The house center might possibly not have all samples to inform you, so dig just a little. I selected one that’s an attractive matte white-colored having a slight marbling effect (not trying to become a convincing faux). It’s known as Venaro White-colored. – Amyrl
Don’t much look after the feel of Corian, also it did stain… I favor stuff that age gracefully (like soapstone) to stuff that don’t (Corian, granite, other manufactured surfaces)… – mschaitelaine
My sister lately redid a part of her kitchen and also got Corian counters by having an integrated sink — all one piece using the counters, so simply no gaps or leaks or places to gather grunge, also it cleans easily and it is quieter than other surfaces. She loves it. – bibliovore
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Readers, what’s your knowledge about solid surface countertops like Corian?
(Images: Abby Stone)
Seaming Solid Surface with Plexus Adhesive
xxxnolove: Sand quartz ummmmm no
J. Smith: Plexus is TERRIBLE. Use Integra. much better
Jesse Howard: I work with this stuff every day I'm telling you no way can you jump on a glue up like that
patrick skan: Help
Kazimierz Fidziński: Is it glue for solid surface made of acrylic or polyester?