An alternative to quartz, solid-surface countertops
are constructed from a man-made material that can be used for seamless countertop installations. First introduced in the 1960s under the brand name Corian, solid surface is now available from many manufacturers. Solid surface is a low-maintenance and non-porous material that can mimic the appearance of marble and granite without the drawbacks. While it's usually formed into finished sheet countertops, it can also be cast into shapes like shower pans. The biggest appeal of a solid-surface countertop is its seamlessness, which eliminates gaps where water and bacteria can collect.