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Solid Surface Countertops

Solid-surface countertops are popular for their durability and uniform appearance.

Formica

This solid-surface countertop mimics the look of granite. Photo: Formica

Made by mixing minerals and resins, the low-maintenance material is resistant to damage from heat, moisture, and fading.

Virtually unbreakable, solid-surface countertops can mimic the appearance of stone but have a warmer, softer feel, and they are much easier to repair if damaged.

Solid-surface material is also regarded for kitchen countertops and other work areas because of its versatility.

Dupont Corian

A band of tile decorates the backsplash of this solid-surface countertop. Photo: Dupont Corian

It can be manufactured to fit any space and can be molded into sinks, drainboards, and soap trays with ease. A wide range of colors and edging styles can be used to complement the design of any room.

Solid surface does have its drawbacks. It’s almost as pricy as stone, and the uniformity of color and texture can stress its artificiality. You’re also limited to using a certified contractor for installation or most manufacturers won’t issue a warranty.

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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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