I've noticed that solid surface countertops (usually quartz) are gaining in popularity, and a lot of them are shown with integrated solid surface sinks. I like the look and the fact that there won't be a seam where the counter and sink meet. But I'm concerned that a solid surface sink might get pretty beat up in a busy kitchen, and it would be a lot harder to replace than a non-integrated stainless steel or enamel sink would be.
Your opinions would be much appreciated!
Recently had solid surface counters - not quartz - installed with undermounted stainless steel sink. I like the way it looks without the metal band of the upper mount.
I am trying to get installers to help with a problem, though. There is a nasty rubbery odor which seems to be coming from two noise reducing pads attached to bottom of both sink bowls.
I posted this on the Cleaning board and I have tried several ways to get rid of smell.
Before deciding on stainless steel, you might want to check with installers. Maybe not all use these pads.
I have solid surface counters with the intergrated sink.Have had it for a little over 2 years, so far no problems. Mine is a rather busy kitchen but I try to be careful. I don't pour boiling water into the sink unless I run cold water at the same time. I have a dish washer but don't use it, do all dishes and pots and pans by hand in the sink. As you mentioned it would be more difficult to replace but it could be done.
I don't know anything about quartz, but the whole idea behind solid surface is it's renew-ability...get a scratch, sand it out. I've had corian and that's how it works.
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Are you sure that the odor is not coming from the epoxy they secured the noise reducing pads with? If so, that smell will dissipate over time. Did they suggest leaving cabinet doors open a while, and opening a window nearby.
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I'm getting a Cambria quartz countertop installed next week. Quartz is the hardest countertop material they have. Granite has quartz in it but not to the extent of the man-made countertop and it does not need sealing. Corian is a lot softer but does have the ability to be sanded.
I'm getting a SS sink and it does and will scratch but that's the nature of the product.
The quartz countertops can take up to 350 deg. but I wouldn't put a hot pot from the stove in it. I don't know anyone who had a quartz integral sink, I would like to know how they hold up too.
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Mary Ruth - yes, I leave the sink cabinet doors open day and night. It's been over 2 weeks and the smell continues. I agree it's the epoxy.
I've tried running a fan in front of it, and also have burnt a candle almost every day,
I also posted this on the Cleaning board, and appreciate the suggestions I received.
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