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Subject:  Re: Replacing Kitchen Countertops Date:  2/8/2004  1:24 PM
Author:  Radish Number:  45931 of 128472

emma06,

I could go back to Formica but I like the looks (not the cost, 3 times the cost) of solid surface tops. They have so many different brands out that it's caused mind overload. Any suggestions or Experiences ?

I've used Corian, it's nice. It does scratch, and if you use it as a cutting board it scratches significantly. In theory you can refinish it, but I've never had that done. Heat from a very hot pan will damage it, supposedly, but I never tested that. Corian (and the similar materials from other companies) is easy to fabricate so you can do pretty much anything you can imagine. The main differences in look between Corian and Formica is at the edges and seams. Done correctly, Corian doesn't show any seams and appears to be however thick you need it to appear.

But I'm probably going with synthetic quartz in my current project.

Phil
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