Solid surface, most commonly known by the brand Corian, is a term used to describe a variety of man-made materials commonly used for countertop installations. It is highly valued for its low maintenance, beauty, and utility and is generally lower in cost than natural stone alternatives. It is stable, nonporous, and attractive with colors and patterns consistent throughout the sheet. This consistency allows solid surface sheets to be bonded together with no visible seams, eliminating unattractive gaps where water can collect and bacteria can grow.
Solid surface is typically manufactured in sheets up to 144 inches in length, 30 inches in width and is one-half inch thick. It is made of acrylic or polyester resin combined with fillers and pigments that create unique colors and patterns and can be cut and finished much like wood. Unlike natural stone, some brands can be thermoformed by heating and bending them into molded shapes such as sinks, bathtubs, shower bases or furniture.
Its nonporous surface resists stains and provides a long-lasting finish. Best of all, solid surface material is impervious to bacteria and can be easily repaired even after years of use. These features make it the material of choice for home, food service, and healthcare applications.
Solid surface key advantages:
- Allows for seamless installations
- Variety of attractive colors and patterns
- Durable, long lasting & easily repaired
- Resists moisture, heat, and sunlight
- Low-maintenance and impermeable to stains and bacterial growth.
For more info, view our "Solid Surface Advantages" article.
Common solid surface applications:
- Shower panels
- Window sills
- Wall Cladding
- Bathroom partitions
- Floor tiles
- Stair treads
For more info, view our "Solid Surface Applications" article.