Bathroom Sinks are the most important elemet in house archtecture. For today’s consumer, Bathroom sink options are vast, covering a broad spectrum of types, colors, and styles. Knowing all the options available to you can make the process of choosing your bathroom sink less confusing and more enjoyable.
TYPES OF BATHROOM SINKS
Wall Mounted Sinks
These sinks are installed directly against the wall and don’t have a countertop or vanity. This is appropriate for spots where you have very little space or you simply want a nice minimalist design. The plumbing features are exposed. An optional concealed arm or wall support can be purchased to keep these items disclosed. Towel bars can also be purchased separately to be used with this sink.
Under-mount sinks are installed from underneath a solid surface countertop made up of granite, marble or concrete. These are customized sinks, because the hole that is cut into the countertop is specifically sized for the sink, which make replacing an under-mount sink difficult. It offers an easy to clean body and uses a gradually deepening surface in the bowl. This offers a comfortable style that adds a beautiful look.
These are freestanding sinks, supported by a small column placed beneath the sink. These types of sinks are not set in a vanity. A pedestal sink is an excellent choice for small bathrooms. The column underneath the basin covered up the pipes and other plumbing fixtures.
Self Rimming Sinks
Self rimming sinks (Drop in sinks), has a rolled and finished rim, which is installed above the countertop and keeps it in place. It is one of the traditional designs where the basin is installed into the middle cutout part of a standard surface. One of the best points of self rimming sink is that it can be replaced without having to alter your countertop. It can be used with any kind of material which makes it easy to adapt to your bathroom style.
Vessel sinks installed above the vanity counter so that the bottom of the sink is in line with the countertop. Vessel sinks come in various materials such as ceramic, glass, stone, and much more. It is traditionally rectangular in its shape.
Console sinks are wall-mounted sinks that placed on 2 or 4 legs for support. There is usually no or limited countertop space. The plumbing drain and supply lines are exposed so matching the material with your faucet is best for a more consistent look.
It is designed to make it fit to the corner of a bathroom instead of on a flat wall. In such a case, the main fixtures are placed around the corner while the sides of the basin stand out along the sides of the walls.
Selecting right sink for your bathroom highly depends on its style, durability, frequency of usage and the maintenance it will require.
Solid surface sinks are made from the same material as solid surface countertops. They can easily mimic other materials such as granite and marble. They are easy to clean and have a durable surface, which make this a good sink material for high traffic or children’s bathrooms. Solid surface sinks can be chipped or scratched but can be easily reinstalled using non-abrasive household products.
Porcelain, fireclay and vitreous china sinks are clay-based ceramics and have a glossy surface. They are easy to clean and resistant to corrosion and discoloration. These materials are durable but can be chipped or cracked if struck by a heavy object.
Glass sinks are mostly made of tempered glass which has been processed under controlled thermal and chemical treatments to increase its strength and durability. Tempered glass sinks are durable and resistant to cracking or shattering. Hard water can leave spots but can be easily cleaned with household cleaners.
Metal sinks includes stainless steel, copper and brass. They are extremely durable and resist damage that can be caused by weighty collision. However metal sinks tend to stained by hard water spots over time.
Cast iron sinks are made of solid cast iron coated with enamel. These sinks are available in many colors and are easy to clean. The enamel surface can be chipped if it is hit hard enough with a heavy object. Chipping will expose the cast iron and can eventually lead to rust.
Vanity Bathroom Tops
Bathroom tops are one-piece countertops that have sinks built in. These sinks are installed on harmonize base. Knowing the exact dimensions of your vanity cabinet is necessary to ensure a proper fit. The materials used in vanity tops are granite, marble, tile, wood or other solid surface materials. Tops are generally up to 1″ larger than the vanity, which provides a slight projection to the sink.
What are the things to be consider before making a bathroom sink purchase?
The amount of usage of bathroom and who will be using it, adults or children, is very important in choosing your bathroom sink. Stylish bathrooms tend to use more delicate sink materials whereas high-trafficked bathrooms or children’s bathroom use more conventional and durable sink materials.
The style and configuration of the bathroom largely depends on its area. Different bathroom sinks covers up different amounts of space. There are many different bathroom sink sizes available. The size of your bathroom sink basin should be about 16 to 20 inches in diameter. This is large enough for washing your hands. A rectangular or oval-shaped one can be about 20 to 25 inches from one end to the next.
Depth of the sink is also a very crucial factor to be considered, otherwise a poor choice will cause water mess/splashes around.