SOLANO'S works with several local countertop fabricators to assure your choice of new cabinetry is complemented with quality countertops. Countertop surfaces include laminated products applied to plywood or high density backing boards or solid surface materials such as Corian® and granite.
Our countertop fabricators use laminates from Formica® or WilsonArt. Click on the logos displayed below to view the hundreds of color and styles available. It is recommended that after narrowing down your search, you visit our Home Improvement Center (Weed) to view actual samples of the products of interest.
There are a number of counter edge treatments available for laminated countertops. These range from rounded non-drip to hardwood banding. Samples of available edges are located at our cabinet sales area.
For the ultimate counters, solid surface materials provide style, durability and beauty. Corian® and Zodiaq® Quartz are popular materials. These products come in a varity of colors and patterns. Click on the logos below to view the colors available in these products.
The following table presents a comparison of the characteristics of popular solid surface materials:
|Durability||Scratch and chip resistant; repairable and renewable||Extremely durable; 93% quartz surface that's typically 3 to 7 times stronger than other natural stone surfaces||Can scratch, chip and crack||Highly durable|
|Stain Resistance||Nonporous so it's very stain resistant||Nonporous so it's very stain resistant||Grout can stain||Stain resistant as long as it's sealed periodically|
|Hygiene||Nonporous surface resists the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria with proper cleaning||Nonporous surface resists the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria with proper cleaning||Mold, mildew and bacteria can grow in grout lines||Resistant to bacteria as long as it's sealed periodically|
|Installation||Installed by a certified fabricator, trained by DuPont||Installed by a certified fabricator, trained by DuPont||No standardized training; quality varies by installer||Standardized training; quality varies by installer|
|Care and Maintenance||Easy-to-clean, smooth, nearly seamless surface requires no sealing||Easy-to-clean and requires no sealing, polishing or reconditioning||Grout lines must be scrubbed and periodically sealed||Requires periodic sealing|
|Warranty||Backed by a 10-year limited warranty that is transferable to new owners||Backed by a 10-year limited warranty that is transferable to new owners||Warranty, if offered, may vary by manufacturer or other third party||Warranty, if offered, may vary by manufacturer or other third party|
Corian® counters can have a variety of edge treatments. The figure below illustrates the options available from one of our fabricators. Quartz counter material is generally 1 1/8 thick and edges are usually broken with a small radius.