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Types of Sink Materials

types of sink materials

When it comes to choosing a new kitchen sink or bathroom sink there is much for you to consider regarding size, shape, style and price. All of this however will be heavily influenced by the materials which you decided upon for the room. There is a wide range of materials which are commonly used for sinks and that is what we are going to look into here.

Each sink option has certain advantages and benefits regarding their characteristics, and that is what will dictate the type of sink which you eventually choose. Here then are the most common materials which we see used.

Stainless Steel Sinks

There is no doubt about the fact that stainless steel is the most common sink for kitchens. A stainless steel sink in a bathroom setting can look a touch rugged for such a space. The benefits of this kind of sink are that they are highly affordable, they work with a range of textures in the kitchen such as stone, granite and timber, and they are very easy to clean and maintain. Drawbacks include water spots which can show over time and the noise factor when the water hits the surface.

Ceramic Sinks

A ceramic sink works in bathrooms and kitchens alike and provides a really robust and homely appearance. This is a timeless option which is constructed using an iron base and a ceramic glaze. Advantages of this kind of sink is that they have a very long lifespan, they have a classic appearance and they can even give the value of your home a boost. These are heavy sinks however which require professional installation, as well as special cleaning and care.

Stone Sinks

A natural stone sink can provide a highly sought after look for kitchens and bathrooms. Each sink is individual in its own way and they provide a real talking point wherever they are. These are very heavy sinks which require additional reinforcement however,  and they are far from being low cost. Natural stone is heat resistant and has a very long lifespan indeed.

Copper Sinks

Copper looks great in farmhouse kitchens and cosy bathrooms, providing a naturally warm color and real focal point which combines with natural materials. Additionally a copper sink offers antimicrobial properties and has a really high quality finish. The main downside to such a sink however are that they have a hefty price tag and are often the most expensive option when it comes to getting a new sink.

Glass Sinks

Glass sinks are most commonly found in bathrooms, where they actually sit on top of the counter rather than being dropped in. These sinks are certainly eye caching and they are also very easy to keep clean. Despite what you may believe, these sinks can come in a range of colors and hues, and they can be designed to the style and shape which you desire. Owing to the work which goes into creating such a sink, you can expect to pay top dollar for the sink which you want however. In return for that investment you’ll have a heat resistant and durable sink with a long lifespan.

These are the materials which you will have to choose between when it comes to looking for a new bathroom or kitchen sink.

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