When trying to weigh up the pros and cons of acrylic solid surface and other surface options, such as stone, many people assume that stone is the most logical option. At a glance, you may think that stone lasts the longest and offers the most benefits. In reality, stone can be surprisingly limiting. Acrylic solid surface is not only cost-effective – it is also flexible and long-lasting, making it an excellent choice for home and commercial use in kitchens as well as bathrooms.
Why Consider Acrylic Solid Surface?
From its diversity all the way through to its durability and affordability, acrylic solid surface offers an excellent alternative to stone surface countertops. Here are some of the biggest benefits of this type of surface:
Acrylic offers a huge diversity in colour, with a broad range of options on offer, from simple solid colours all the way to realistic stone effect. Unlike stone, however, this type of surface can be added as a backsplash as well as counter surface. This allows you to create a modern kitchen in your preferred style and colour choice, with flawless kitchen counters and a backsplash that provides a professional-looking result. Another benefit over stone is no visible seams or joins. Instead, you have a smooth, seamless surface that has no visible imperfections.
In theory, stone should last forever. Although the stone itself may last, most stone surfaces do not. Stone is susceptible to chips and other damage as well as wear and tear. To repair even the tiniest crack or chip is not always as easy it seems, either. Acrylic is not prone to this type of damage. In the event of surface scratches or imperfections, a light sanding will restore the surface once again. Instead of a coating that can easily begin to fade over time, acrylic surfaces are solid all the way through, which makes them easy to restore, without the need for replacement.
Another major benefit of this material is its cost. Compared to stone, acrylic often ends up being a far more cost-effective solution that offers excellent value. Over and beyond the affordability of the product itself and its installation, there are far fewer upkeep requirements. Sanding or light refurbishing over time will not cost as much as replacement or major renovation typically required with stone surfaces.