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Q.Can solid surfacing be used for flooring in a bathroom?

A.Associate editor Martin Holladay responds: Some solid-surfacing fabricators have used the material for flooring, in spite of the fact that most manufacturers, including DuPont, the manufacturer of Corian, will not provide a warranty for flooring applications.

Besides the high cost, one disadvantage of using solid surfacing for flooring is its surface texture. Solid surfacing is so smooth that it’s slippery when wet. But if the material is cut into 12x12-inch tiles, installed with grout lines, it will be somewhat less slippery than a seamless application.