Upgrading your bathroom sink is not only fun and exciting but it can breathe new life into any bathroom. There are so many different options available that it is necessary to choose a sink that will fit, meet your needs and work well within your style.
Bathroom sinks are very diverse in their style, materials, function and price. You can find a variety of pedestal, self-rimming, under mount and above counter mounted sinks. Made out of anything from a traditional material of glass and porcelain to a contemporary material of stone, concrete or wood.
There are three main things to consider when deciding on a sink. One, what style will work best in your bathroom? Do you only have enough room for a small pedestal sink or do you have the room for a large vanity? Do you want it to be a focal point or hide from view. Two, what material will it be made out of? Some materials wear better then others while some may be harder to clean. A stainless steel sink may not look the most interesting but it will stand up against a large busy family whereas a glass sink has a better chance of chipping if something hard falls on it. Three, Price. Sinks surprisingly have a huge range in price even within similar materials and styles. A stainless steel sink does price out fairly reasonably while a copper sink can run quite high.
China and Fire Clay
These sinks are made by pouring clay into a mold and then fired in a kiln. This material quite often is used for making white pedestal sinks where the sink and pedestal is one seamless piece. Considered the most common and economical sinks available.
Porcelain over cast iron
This is a heavy and long lasting sink which is easy to clean and are available in self-rimming, undermount and wall mounted sinks. One thing to keep in mind with a porcelain sink is that abrasive cleaners and scouring pads can damage the finish.
A metal sink can be made from stainless steel, nickel, copper or bronze and the material that you choose typically determines the price. A very durable material that may show dents and scratches easily. Also required regular polishing and some materials will age over time. Copper is a good example of an aging metal. It starts out bright and shiny and within a matter of days it will start to turn green and then eventually black.
Made by pouring concrete into a mold, letting it set and dry. Can be made into any shape, size and stained to any colour. These are typically custom hand crafted so they usually price out higher then most sinks. A porous material that stains easily and will require periodic resealing.
If you are not sure where to begin your search, start by looking online and in magazines to get an idea of what you like. Visit a local kitchen and bath supplier to see the sinks in person and test them out. Pretend that you are using the sink and ask yourself: Is the sink big enough? Will the style and colour work well with my bathroom? Where does the tap go? Once you know what you want, finding the perfect sink will be a breeze.
Word of the Day: Backsplash
Tile, granite, stone or glass that attaches to the back of the vanity counter to protect the wall from damage due to splashes