With a blend of sleek and seamless styling and easy maintenance, solid acrylic surfaces can be a nice upgrade from the basic laminate counters. Corian is the name most people associate with these counters, but many brands now offer a vast array of acrylic options to choose from. Some prefer a nearly solid color while others opt for a more granular or chunky look akin to more expensive granite or quartz slabs. And just like those more expensive slabs, professional installation must be done by licensed fabricators, but at a lower cost (usually $50 to $75 per square foot for material and labor).
Acrylic surfaces can scratch and scuff, and the heat resistance is about on par with laminate surfaces, so always use a hot pad for hot pots. The surface scratches, however, can often be buffed out later by a professional, helping to restore the original finish. One distinct design advantage offered by acrylic solid surfaces is the integration of acrylic sinks with a completely "seamless" transition for easy cleanup.