Solid Surface Countertops - What You Should Know

Solid surface is a manufactured material that is widely used for seamless countertop installations. The material can mimic the appearance of granite, stone, marble and similar naturally occurring materials at a more affordable price.

Manufactured using acrylic or polyester resins, solid surface countertops are available in many colours and patterns, and so the material is favoured by many homeowners over natural stone.

Seamless Joints

Any large surface requires seams that are sometimes visible to the eye. Nevertheless, with a solid surface, the seams are either invisible or very hard to detect. As the material is moulded to fit perfectly, seams are unrecognisable, making for an excellent aesthetic, while also eliminating places for crumbs, stains, dust and bacterial to amalgamate into.

Nearly Non-Porous Surface

Although no surface is 100% non-porous, solid surface, tile and quartz come the closest countertop material to not allowing liquid or air to pass through them. Solid surface’s exceedingly low porosity prevents bacteria from entering the surface and promotes a clean and sanitary countertop.

Easy to Care for

Solid surfaces are very stain resistant, and as a direct result of this, they are effortless to care for and maintain. Cleaning is a rapid and straightforward task with a solid surface countertop, a swift wipe with warm soapy water or household cleaner is all it takes to keep the material sanitised.

An Abundance of Colours and Designs

Because they are a manufactured material, solid surfaces come in a whole host of colours, patterns and designs. These include –

  • Endless solid colours (for example, red, orange, yellow, green, blue etc.)

  • Small multi-coloured particulates like grains of sand embedded in the sheets

  • Veined patterns


Solid surfaces are known to be hard and impact resistant. However, the material is susceptible to scratches, and therefore extra care should be taken when preparing food on the surface. Using chopping boards will help prevent any unwanted or accidental scratches inflicted by knives or sharp kitchen utensils.

Heat Deformation

Solid surfaces can hold up against boiling water's temperature however, some solid surfaces will begin to deform at temperatures not much higher than that (250 F), meaning that you should not place hot pans directly onto the worktop.

At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of worktops; our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to contact a team member. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.

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