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   Manufactured by DuPont, Corian paved the way in making solid surface a commonly used countertop in kitchens and bathrooms. Today there are many manufacturers of solid surface all offering a variety of color choices with a varying price range. Solid surface is a manufactured material consisting of 62%-65% natural mineral, 30%-35% acrylic binder, and 2% pigment. The color runs through the entire material, which makes it repairable. Stains can be removed with an abrasive pad and cleanser. Deeper scratches can be removed with 320 to 400 grit sandpaper or steel wool. It is versatile with limitless design 
Ciggies Custom Woodworking
56A Hwy 522, P.O. Box 281
Trout Creek, ON. Ca, P0H 2L0

Tel: (705) 723-2343
Fax: (705) 723-5078
Cell: (705) 499-2010
E-mail: Ciggies@sympatico.ca
   When choosing a countertop, there are several things to keep in mind. Besides the cabinets, the counter-top is often the largest and most used surface in your kitchen. There are many options available for counter-tops and some factors in choosing a particular one are cost, appearance, maintenance and functionality. This page will go over the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular choices.

" If you dream it, we can build it! "
   If you are working with a limited budget when remodeling your kitchen, laminate is a great option because it is the most cost effective choice for countertops. High pressure laminate is most commonly used on countertop surfaces. It is made up of three kinds of paper pressed together at between 1,000-2,000 pounds per square inch and at temperatures over 280 degrees for approximately one hour. The laminate is typically applied to a particle board substrate but sometimes certain codes may require a plywood substrate to be used. Because the laminate is applied to a substrate, if a chip occurs, 
'Kitchens by Ciggies' is located just off of Highway 522 in the community of Trout Creek in the Municipality of Powassan in northern Ontario Canada.
Countertop Options
Building With Careful Consideration
Solid Surface
it's not repairable.The laminate manufacturers have done a wonderful job replicating granite and stone in their color palates.  There are different textures available offering a wide array  of choices. 
possibilities. Solid surface typically comes in ½” and ¾” thicknesses. Other thicknesses are available and vary by manufacturers. Unlike granite and quartz, the backsplash on a solid surface countertop can be coved and the seams are inconspicuous. Another appealing feature of solid surface is that the acrylic integrated sinks are molded in with the counter-top. The availability of this type of sink may vary by company.  Solid surface can be sanded to a matte finish or can be buffed or polished to a high gloss. It is not recommended to have a high gloss finish on dark colors or in heavy use areas. Solid surface is nonporous and easy to clean but is less able to withstand heat than granite.

   Quartz is stronger than granite.  Approximately 93% of this material consists of mined quartz. Acrylic or epoxy binders make up the remaining portion. These added resins provide flexibility to the quartz, which prevents chipping. The patterns are controlled and the colors are more uniform than granite. This saves homeowners from having to carefully choose slabs to assure they match. Manufacturers claim it is more stain-resistant than solid surface. Quartz is nonporous and does not  require sealing. The slabs are 3/8” to 1 1/8” thick and 10 feet long. There are many manufacturers of Quartz and so there are a wide array color options available.
Quartz (Engineered Stone)