Bathroom sink styles, materials and more
Dual vanities, raised porcelain bowls, waterfall faucets—there are tons of options for bathroom sinks these days. So many, in fact, that picking the perfect combination of sink and vanity can actually be the most time-consuming part of the upgrading process.
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Bathroom Sink Materials
Many bathroom sinks you'll find today are preformed sink and countertop combinations made of cultured marble. These are a cost-effective way to spruce up any bathroom. With one purchase, you can resolve your sink and countertop design.
Luckily, there are a number of styles of bathroom sinks. Porcelain-enameled, plastic, glass, ceramic—your options are moving towards the unlimited. If you're on a budget, redoing the sink is one of the simplest ways to upgrade the look of your bathroom. Naturally, you have to consider faucets in tandem with bathroom sinks in your remodeling plan.
Porcelain-enameled over cast iron is used in bathroom sinks often because it’s heavy and durable. It can be made in a wide variety of shapes of colors and is resistant to hot or cold objects. The problem is that once it’s damaged by sharp impact and the porcelain surface is breached, the cast iron will corrode.
Plastic sinks come in several different forms. They can be thermoplastic, which means they’re low-cost but also easily broken when damaged by hot or sharp objects. Acrylic is another option, but they’re also easily damaged by hard objects. They can be made from the same material as solid surface countertops, which are durable and attractive. They can be damaged by hot objects but can be sanded down.
Glass sinks may not seem like a good idea, but innovation has made it where the glass is thicker and more durable. It can handle stains, scratches and shocks from things hitting it, which means it has a better durability and long-lasting time span as compared to thin glass. It’s a current trend that’s picking up.
Ceramic sinks are like porcelain-enameled over cast iron, but without the porcelain over it. Having no overlaying means that it doesn’t deal with corrosion, as the ceramic is more akin to stone than it is to metal. So the surface will be more durable in the long run, but it can get scratches and crack with too much shock from being hit.
These are just a few of the many different materials options available to you for sinks.
Once you determine the material you want the sink to be made out of, it’s time to determine exactly how you want the sink to be positioned in the bathroom. Space and design are important in this factor, as the size of the bathroom could mean you want more space for other things and less for the sink area. Counter to that, you could have a huge bathroom and want two sink areas. There are many different ways you can position the sink depending on the way your bathroom looks.
Also called a self-rimming sink, these have been the standard. It’s called drop-in due to the design. They are inserted into the cut-out from the top of a counter and hang from an overlapping rim. The reason for their being standard is sheer affordability. Plus, they are easily installed into any stock countertop. Typically, many counters tend to be standardized, allowing you to buy any drop-in sink despite depth, shape, or size.
These sinks are growing in popularity regardless of bathroom size. They give greater flexibility to position the sink at whatever height you find most comfortable. The disadvantage of a wall-hung sink is the piping’s visibility. However, it will allow you extra wall surface for installation and ensure the room has necessary room for easier navigation.
Corner bathroom sinks conserve space in smaller bathrooms. They can be wall-mounted, as the corner provides two separate walls to create a sturdy mount. It allows other space underneath to be unoccupied. You can put a trash can or leave the space free. Corner bathroom sinks can be used in standard or larger-sized bathroom, too. They’re great for square bathrooms.
An undermount sink presses up from the bottom of the countertop so it lays equal with the surface. They're often installed in stone countertops like granite. Plus, the faucets and handles are sunk from below as well, popping out of openings in the countertop.
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