A common misconception among people is that solid surface countertops have a tiled surface. The truth is that solid surface countertops have a smooth, seamless plastic surface. This surface can be layered with tiles, which is what many people do, hence the misconception. Solid surface countertops also come in many shapes and sizes, and are fully customizable. Here are some popular solid surface countertop styles.|
A solid surface countertop takes tiles very well, because they are smooth and even. Tiled solid surface countertops are most often used for square countertops and tables. They are also ideal for small kitchens or rooms that have a limited amount of space. Tiles make a countertop easier to clean, but they tend to collect water in the gaps which can cause them to disintegrate in the long run.
Many solid surface countertops are square or rectangular. Rectangle countertops give an illusion of size and are space-saving, since the straight corners hold more than fancy rounded ones. They also make great island counters. Rectangle countertops are ideal for medium sized kitchens and rooms.
L-shaped countertops are great for square kitchens and bathrooms, or those with straight, even corners. These countertops are made up of two solid surface slabs joined at right angles to each other. L-shaped countertops greatly increase the available storage and working area in a kitchen without taking up too much space, making them great for small homes. They can also support heavy appliances such as ovens and dishwashers. L-shaped solid surface countertops may cost more than tiled or rectangle ones, since they make use of two solid surface pieces. Installation may also cost more and take longer.
Free form solid surface countertops are customized countertops with nonstandard shapes and contours. They are great for kitchens with an unusual wall contour. They also make beautiful center counters, because curved edges add a unique touch to a room.
Free form countertops are usually custom-made, so they may be very expensive. You can expect to pay an extra $100 for a three-by-eight foot countertop with custom edges. They may also take a day or two longer to install than standard solid surface countertops.