How to Install Solid Surface Countertops
By: Danny Lipford
Solid surface countertops are a popular choice with homeowners since they are durable and scratches can easily be sanded out. Another advantage of this type of material is that seams are glued together in such as way as to make them practically invisible.
Since these countertops were ordered with a thick edge, the top of the cabinets had to be built up with strips of plywood before the countertops could be installed.
The countertop material was delivered a bit wider and longer than needed, allowing it to be scribed and trimmed to a perfect fit on site.
Next, cutouts for the range and other appliances are made and sanded smooth.
Long sections of countertop are glued together with a special adhesive and clamped in place until dry.
Once the glue had set, the clamps were removed, and the seam sanded smooth.
When everything was ready, the countertops were glued to the cabinets with adhesive.