Solid Surface material is becoming more and more frequent in the carpentry industry due to the fact you can get seamless joints which cant be seen to the naked eye. Other advantages to using Solid Surface Material rather than solid stone, granite and marble, is that it is cheaper, you can easily cut, drill, rebate, groove and mitre it. Whether you need a Matt or a Polished effect they can both be created with the same sheet as the sheet comes with a Matt finish to both sides however you can polish it with the correct polish to create a high gloss shine finish.
Once the solid surface has been glued together with the correct solid surface glue it is a very strong joint, the solid surface is a very strong and long lasting material. If scratches or chips come into the surface for whatever reason it can be simply be repaired by sanding down the first layer of the solid surface making it appear new again.
This tends to be found on work tops, tops of counters and tops of tables as it is hardwearing, easily repaired and gives a very high standard/quality look and feel.