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Selecting Solid Surface takes knowledge of its characteristics. The following information is intended to enlighten the novice as well as the experienced person as to what solid surface will bring to your project.

1   Like other materials used for countertops, solid surface has a range of pricing. Price is driven by the brand of the solid surface selected, and then by the color and/or look of the material. As cost is always a primary consideration, knowing what the solid surface cost, or what price group it is in, could save time in the selection process.

2   As solid surface is manufactured, it is usually consistent in its size and thickness. Color and appearance within a sheet of solid surface is usually very consistent. However, from sheet to sheet the color may vary. Some manufacturers go so as far as to consecutively number the sheets coming off of their manufacturing line in order to assure that the color from one sheet to the next matches. Color will also vary from lot to lot. Therefore, when selecting a color, the actual color of the sheet may be visibly different than the showroom sample, when viewed side by side. This is the nature of solid surface. Expect some color variation between a sample and the actual finished product.

3   Unlike granite, solid surface is susceptible to damage from thermal shock. Thermal shock can come from extreme hot and/or cold sources. Heat from a cook-top is known to cause cracking in the solid surface at the corners of the cook-top. To compensate for this potential problem special care in the fabrication is required. Rembrandt always includes the construction of a reinforced layer completely around the cook-top opening and then adds a special heat conducting barrier between the cook-top and the solid surface. These precautions have been very effective in eliminating this problem in all but the most extreme cases.

In addition to heat produced by a cook-top, NEVER place a hot pot directly from the range or oven onto the solid surface countertop. Heat from appliances like a crock pot, toaster oven, etc. can also cause damage. To avoid damage use a trivet under the hot object. Similarly, NEVER pour boiling water into a solid surface sink without FIRST turning on the cold tap water.

Should a crack occur in a countertop, the damaged area can usually be repaired and the end result should look like the original surface. Extreme cold sources can also cause thermal shock and the same precautions mentioned for hot objects also apply for cold objects.

4  Solid Surface is softer than stone. Therefore, it is more easily scratched and scuffed than some other countertop materials. As most superficial scuffs and scratches can be buffed out by the user, it is an easily corrected condition.

Being a non-porous material solid surface is approved by health departments as a surface for commercial food preparation and for hospital use. It doesn't support the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew nor will it absorb liquids that could degrade and contaminate foods.
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