Has anyone installed a Swanstone kitchen countertop?
I'm looking at different materials for my kitchen countertop. I'm looking for a bit more upscale than laminate but not quite as upscale as granite or quartz. My house is pretty casual and granite would look out of place (I'm not a big granite fan anyway).
I've been reading about Swanstone and I was wondering if anyone had that type of kitchen counter in their house and if you experienced any problems with installation. I have an L-shaped counter and I'm also wondering if the seams are going to be a problem.
Swanstone is a solid surface top basically made of plastic. I don't know of a company that will just sell it to a customer without that company installing it. First they come out and make a template of your cabinets and walls to get an exact fit. On an L shaped top it has to be glued together. Not something a home owner can do without special equipment. Then the glued seam is buffed out so that it is invisible. Most prices at the box stores includes installation.
I have Swanstone in my own kitchen. Been there for about 12 years. Looks as good as when it was new. Swanstone does have a fiberboard core, so install a piece of laminate on the underside anywhere that it could get damp, like near the steam vent on your dishwasher.