Want the look of concrete with the performance of solid surfacing? Six new Corian colors mimic the real thing while sparing you and your clients its shortcomings — cracking, honeycombing, discoloration. Corian costs $45 to $75 per square foot installed. DuPont Surfaces, 800/426-7426, www.corian.com

True to its name, the surfacing in the Avonite Recycled Collection contains at least 40 percent post-industrial polyester and acrylic waste. The 1/2-inch-thick sheets come in six naturalistic shades and cost about $50 to $70 per square foot installed. Aristech Acrylics, 800/354-9858, www.avonitesurfaces.com

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