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Acrylic Countertops and Modern Countertops

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Acrylic counter tops come in a wide range of colors and patterns. They're non-porous and NSF/ANSI-approved for food safety, making them the most sanitary countertop option. They also resist stains and can be easily repaired by professionals.

Unlike polyester-based options, acrylic-based solid surfaces are thermoformable and can be shaped into curves or unique designs. This allows for a more seamless appearance.

1. Durability

While modern countertops are tough and long-lasting, they’re not indestructible. Major repairs must be done by a pro who’s certified by the brand. This can be a deal breaker for local DIYers.

It’s also not a good idea to keep placing hot pots and pans on the surface, since this can cause discolored patches. Additionally, the counters may be damaged by solvents such as dental glues, ketones, acetones and thinners, so they should not be used in dental offices and nail salons. However, sanding and buffing can fix these flaws. In fact, most major brands have warranties for a decade or more.

2. Aesthetics

Acrylic countertops are available in a variety of colors and patterns, from subtle whites to speckled stone-like looks. Their smooth, consistent surface has a clean look that complements many styles of décor.

Fabricators can heat and bend this material into different shapes to create seamless surfaces that are hygienic, resistant to bacteria, stains, and moisture. The surface is coated to protect it from damage and can be resurfaced with a new coating to refresh its appearance.

Like any countertop, acrylic requires regular maintenance. Daily cleaning with mild soap and a cloth should keep your countertops looking bright and shiny. Avoid harsh chemicals or solvents as they can degrade the surface.

3. Customizability

Acrylic solid surfaces have a wide variety of color options and design styles. They are also available in a number of shapes and sizes including seamless countertops. They are also a great choice for integral sinks.

They can be custom-cut to fit your space and offer many edge designs like bullnose, bevel, or ogee. They also allow for integration of backsplashes and sinks to create a clean, cohesive look.

Although they are highly customizable, it's important to consider the heat sensitivity of acrylic counter tops. They are not resistant to high temperatures and should be used with a trivet or cutting board. Additionally, acrylic countertop manufacturers have been known to use non-renewable resources and can release pollutants during production.

4. Flexibility

Acrylic is an extremely flexible and versatile material. It can mimic the look of stone and metal materials while still being easier to fabricate, hygienic, durable and cheaper than other countertop options.

Acrylic resin is thermoformable and can be bent and shaped into curves and unique designs that can’t be accomplished with polyester-based solid surface products. This flexibility allows fabrication professionals to create seamless countertops with hidden seams.

However, this flexibility can make acrylic susceptible to heat damage if directly exposed. This can be mitigated by the use of hot pads and trivets. In addition, scratches on acrylic countertops can be renewed with a light sanding.

5. Easy to clean

Acrylic is non-porous and resists stains making it easy to keep clean. Just wipe down with a non-abrasive cleaner. The surface is also impact resistant, meaning if it does get damaged, it can easily be repaired by an expert.

It can be joined without noticeable seams so it’s great for creative fabrications like set-in sinks, curved counters and reception desks. Just make sure you don’t put anything hot, like pans or hot bowls on the surface. Both polyester and acrylic can be damaged by solvents like dental glues, acetone and thinners so you should always use a cutting board. However, burn marks can be buffed out.

6. Maintenance

Solid surface countertops are durable and long-lasting but they are not indestructible. It is important to protect your investment by using non-abrasive cleaners to keep the surface looking its best. However, acrylic is also easily repairable so even minor scratches can be repaired with a little sanding and some elbow grease.

Unlike polyester-based products, acrylic resin is less brittle and can be thermoformed into curves and other unique shapes for an integrated look that is seamless and visually appealing. Fabricators can create set-in sinks, curved counters and other creative fabrications for both residential and commercial spaces.

Acrylic counters are resistant to boiling water, and they are stain-resistant as well. The material is germ-proof, durable and requires no sealing.

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