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Solid Surfacing 101

When you consider all of the surfacing materials available today, solid surfacing holds a singular place, offering many unique features and benefits. With solid surfacing, you can enjoy: Seamless looks, minimal maintenance, cleanliness advantages and a wide variety of color and pattern options.

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Read on to find out more about what makes this versatile material a popular choice for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops and much more.

Material Basics

What is solid surfacing, exactly? Formica® Solid Surfacing is a man-made surfacing product made up of a combination of a natural mineral fiber called ATH and a resin, which could be made of acrylic, polyester, or even an acrylic-modified polyester.

In brief, Formica® Solid Surfacing is made from:

ATH (natural mineral filler) + Resin = Formica® Solid Surfacing 

Seamless Looks

One of the top reasons homeowners choose solid surfacing is to achieve a smooth, "seamless" look. And unlike granite or many other surfacing materials, the nature of Formica® Solid Surfacing allows for seamless, integrated sinks - a beautiful and functional option for most any kitchen or bathroom installation.

Non-porous Practicality

Because Formica® Solid Surfacing is non-porous, it does not require sealing. By contrast, granite and many other natural materials must first be sealed, and then resealed regularly to prevent staining and bacteria growth. Given that most countertops tend to be in high traffic areas that see plenty of use, solid surfacing is a popular choice for busy families who need surfaces that are easy to keep clean.

High Style, Low Maintenance

Solid surfacing is repairable and requires limited maintenance:  In most cases, all that's needed to clean Formica® Solid Surfacing is a cotton towel and a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. Because it's non-porous, it's bacteria-and stain-resistant by nature, making it a smart choice for kitchens and baths. As far as other maintenance, small chips and scratches on solid surfacing can be easily buffed out.

Just a little care goes a long way towards keeping your countertop in top condition. As with most surfacing products, it's recommended that you use cutting boards when working on your solid surface counters. Also, you'll want to use trivets when placing hot objects on your countertops.

All told, it's pretty simple to keep your solid surfacing looking as good as new. For more information on solid surfacing care and cleaning, visit our Product Use and Care guide.

A Plethora of Patterns, Colors & Possibilities

Given the almost endless design possibilities of Formica® Solid Surfacing, your most challenging home decor task might be choosing which color, pattern or textural look is right for your space. Plus, color goes all the way through solid surfacing, allowing for plenty of customized versatility wherever you might install it, from bathrooms and laundry rooms to kitchens and bar rooms and beyond.

Formica® Solid Surfacing can be:

Solid Surfacing:  A Solid Choice


Tough, beautifully seamless and low-maintenance, Formica® Solid Surfacing shapes itself to virtually any design concept. With a coordinated palette of more than 60 colors and patterns, there is a choice to suit any style.


Ready to explore our line of solid surfacing options? 


View our complete collection of Formica® Solid Surfacing ...and, don't forget, samples are free!

This content is for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to be technical in nature and does not provide any warranties. Information about Formica® brand product warranties and technical data can be found at http://www.formica.com