Q: What is "solid surface" material for countertops?

A: Solid surface refers to a breed of countertop and surfacing finish that offers a denser, thicker, and color-through material alternative to ceramic tile, laminate, and stone (such as granite). Made from a combination of real and synthetic minerals and high-strength polymers, these surfaces appear and act like genuine stone, but can also be formulated and installed in a wider range of styles and colors — including combinations — to suit any decor. Their formulations are also impact, scratch, and burn-resistant, and protect against microbial growth to maintain a clean and healthy surface.