4 Interesting Characteristics of Solid Surface Material

Back in July, we talked about why solid surface material is a “solid” choice for your countertop needs. We highlighted the big advantages: the material is non-porous, it comes in a wide array of colors, seams are rarely an issue, it’s easy to integrate with sinks, and cleanup is fast and simple.

But guess what? Here are four other interesting characteristics about solid surface material.

1. Memories may fade, but your solid surface countertop color won’t. 

Kitchen countertops see a lot of action, don’t they? We’re talking lazy Sunday breakfasts with The New York Times crossword puzzle, holiday parties, afternoon homework sessions with the kids, book club with cheese and crackers (and wine!), cooking marathons, coffee with friends, a dumping ground for permission slips, bills, and smartphones…well, you get the idea.

But despite all this traffic, the color of your solid surface counter will withstand the test of time…as well as that wine spill from an over-eager reader of Fifty Shades of Grey (we won’t tell).

Isn’t it nice to know there’s one color in your life that won’t fade?

2. Pow! Kerplunk! Yes, solid surfaces can take ALL THAT.

We’re not suggesting you beat on your solid surface countertops, but let’s face it: accidents do happen. As in, someone drops a plate, a pot, a book, a laptop…sometimes by mistake, sometimes on purpose (those of you with kids can relate, I’m sure).

Here’s the thing: solid surface material can withstand impact much better than other materials, especially granite. However, ANY countertop can be damaged by impact, so don’t abuse your solid surface countertop by any means. Solid surface may also show scuffs and scrapes that happen under normal everyday use. This is where its renewability is so important – these scuffs can be easily removed using materials that you can buy at your local grocery store. See our care and maintenance blog.

3. Moisture doesn’t scare solid surfaces (but it does scare plastic laminates).

Because solid surfaces are, well, SOLID and homogenous, moisture can’t penetrate the material. This is an important characteristic, since moisture is one of the biggest reasons laminates separate and ultimately fail.

4. How unseemly your seams are, dear tile.

Tile is a popular choice in the kitchen, especially for backsplashes, but people tend to forget about All. That. Grout. Why is grout such a problem? Because it requires constant cleaning (you better save those old toothbrushes, folks!). Tile is also prone to cracks (and guess what can get in there?).

With a solid surface material, cleanup is a snap and you don’t need to worry about cracks harboring yucky things like mold, mildew, or bacteria.

So there you have it: four interesting but lesser known facts about solid surfaces. What do you think? Are you convinced this material was made in countertop heaven?

By the way, be sure to check out our solid surface collections: Meridian Solid Surface Acrylic Collection and Meridian Solid Surface Countertops.

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Top 5 Kitchen Styles & Trends

Are you in love with your kitchen? Or are you desperately trying to figure out how to breathe new life into an old, boring space? Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. It’s where guests gather during a party, where the family sits down at the end of a long day to share a meal, and where all of that magic happens at the stove. It’s not about keeping up with the Joneses; it’s about having the living, cooking and eating space that you really deserve.

We’ve compiled some of the latest kitchen styles & trends below to help you get started on that kitchen remodel today.

Latest Kitchen Trends

Stainless Steel
You can’t turn on HGTV these days without hearing about stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel looks great, it’s easy to clean, and it’s durable. This trend has been around for a few years now, and it’s probably not going anywhere for a while.

Professional-style Chef’s Stoves
Homeowners aren’t messing around with their stovetops. Many are paying big bucks for professional-grade ranges, brass-sealed burners and high-end hoods. And a lot of these fancy stoves and hoods are made of – you guessed it! – stainless steel.

Soft & Neutral Colors
Bold, contemporary colors tend to be trendy (remember avocado green?) and don’t really stand the test of time. Homeowners are moving more and more toward soft, neutral colors for their kitchens, like beiges, browns, and warmer whites.

Hardwood Floors It wasn’t too long ago that tile was in. And not long before that, everybody was jumping on the laminate train. Not so anymore. Homeowners are choosing hardwood floors more often than not, and not just in the kitchen.

Eco-friendly Materials
It’s 2013, and now more than ever, we’re interested in protecting our environment when we can. Homeowners have jumped on this trend, too, opting for eco-friendly and sustainable kitchen materials, like flooring, cabinetry, surfacing and appliances, when possible.

Latest Kitchen Styles

Early American
Early American colonial kitchens are being reproduced in homes across the country (in a modern way, of course). We’re talking about Shaker-inspired cabinets, soapstone sinks, reclaimed pine or brick flooring and exposed ceiling beams.

Bungalow Bonanza
Bungalow kitchens are built with an eye toward efficiency: built-in kitchen, easy-to-clean linoleum flooring and mint tile are likely to make an appearance in a Bungalow-style kitchen.

Victorian Farmhouse
Go poke around Pinterest for 30 seconds and report back. What’d you find? You probably discovered that vintage is in. People love old stuff made to look new, which is probably why the Victorian Farmhouse look is coming back. Deep porcelain sinks, glass-front cabinets and nickel-plated stoves are hallmarks of a Victorian kitchen.

Mid-20th Century Modern
Think about the time WWII was coming to an end: cabinetry went from wood to metal, Formica became the go-to counter surface, and vinyl was all the rage for flooring. Bright colors and “space age” designs were popular, too.

Ultra Modern
Ultra modern kitchens could be described in one word: minimalist. The less stuff in your kitchen, the better. Clean lines, sleek surfaces, concrete floors and European-style cabinets make up this contemporary style. In other words, get thee to an Ikea as soon as possible!

A trendy kitchen that stands the test of time is the best kind of kitchen. Imagine waking up every day to a beautifully-designed kitchen filled with surfaces, cabinets and a sink manufactured with materials you picked out yourself. It’s a wonderful fantasy, right? Let’s turn that fantasy into a reality today! Whichever kitchen style or trend you decide to incorporate into your kitchen, remember that Tower Industries has many surfacing solutions for you to consider. We offer Meridian and Hanex solid surface countertops and sinks, natural stone countertops, kitchen cabinets and more. If you need design flexibility, Tower Industries is definitely for you.

Which style or trend do you like best? Are you all about Victorian vintage, or do you prefer a contemporary look? Let us know in the comments below.

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