Pros and Cons of Using Solid Surface Material
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With so many materials to choose from for a classic farmhouse sink, it can be tricky to narrow down the options. Solid surface materials are relatively new, but they have a few decades of real-world experience behind them to reveal both the pros and cons of daily use. Let’s look at the pros and cons of farmhouse sinks made from solid surface materials.
Pro: Seamless Smooth Surfaces
For a seamless look that is easy to keep clean and sanitized, solid surface materials are the best choice. Farmhouse sinks made from this material are free from seams and edges that can trap debris and create bacterial issues. The smooth look is also highly appealing to homeowners looking for a sleek and modern style.
Con: Not Heat Proof
Due to their resin-based construction, solid surface sinks and countertops aren’t as heat resistant as natural stone and concrete. They can develop discoloration or burn marks if hot pots and pans are put directly down on the material. Allowing dishes to cool on the stovetop or a hot pad is the best way to prevent this issue. Hot water, even boiling water, won’t damage or discolor a solid surface sink.
Pro: Stylish Design Options
Most solid surface sinks made in the farmhouse style are built in a classic white to mimic the look of more fragile porcelain. However, this material is highly versatile and can look like stone, metal, or practically any other material. There’s no need to settle for limited color or texture options when working with the various brand names. It’s easy to find a solid surface material to match any kitchen décor for an eye-catching look.
Con: Possible to Stain or Dent
While solid surface materials are some of the toughest available for making farmhouse sinks, they can be stained or dented over time. Spills that aren’t cleaned up promptly may leave visible marks behind if they are highly pigmented. White materials, in particular, are known for showing spills and stains. However, this material is one of the easiest to repair if a dent, scratch, or stain affects its appearance.
Pro: Sanding Options for Refinishing
If some kind of damage mars the smooth surface of the sink or countertop, it’s easy enough to buff and sand the surface down until it’s perfect again. This is because solid surface materials look the same all the way through, while other types of countertops are only colored and patterned on the surface. Even natural stone is tricky to refinish quite as easily as solid surface materials.