Solid Surface Countertops vs. Composite Countertops
Today homeowners have a tremendous variety of choices in kitchen countertops, whether planning a new kitchen or remodeling an existing one. A pair of new choices have entered the countertop arena, vying to claim the top spot on kitchen counters like yours: solid surface countertops and composite countertops. Both materials are used most often as an alternative to stone, but the two have some significant differences. Here are basics to keep in mind when considering solid surface and composite countertops for your kitchen.
Solid surface countertops are an acrylic-based material made from minerals, resins and pigments. Versatile and elegant, solid surface is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Today’s solid surface can mimic granite, quartz, concrete and glass, or it can be bold and daring, incorporating reflective metallic colors enhanced with gold or silver chips.
Solid surface countertops containing 15 percent recycled material are available, making them eco friendly. Simple to install, the material is durable, non-porous, resists stains, heat, mold and mildew, and easy to maintain.
Offering an alternative kitchen countertop solution, composite kitchen countertops, popular in commercial kitchens, are finding their way into more home kitchens for the same reasons professionals choose them: composite countertops are virtually impervious to damage from scratches, stains and heat, easy to clean, and inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Composite countertops are available in a wide variety of solid colors, so they can fit the color scheme of any kitchen, and with sizes up to 12 feet in length and five feet wide, most installations can be seamless.
Composite countertops are among the most eco-friendly countertop solutions available, composed of recycled materials – usually paper or wood pulp – and water-based resin. Most composites are free of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) including formaldehyde.
The bottom line: solid surface and composite materials have what it takes to top any kitchen counter with style, beauty and functionality. To help decide which is best for your kitchen, visit a leading kitchen design showroom in your area, and let the professionals take you beyond the surface of this hard countertop decision.Contact us to schedule an appointment »