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There is a lot to go over when thinking about a new sink.  You must consider the type of installation and the appropriate configurations. One thing to pay special mind too is the material the sink is made out of. Far to often, people pick their sinks based solely on the way they look. The style of your sink is very important, but you shouldn't sacrifice function for looks. The materials that you pick will determine how long your sink will last, how easy it is to clean, and how easily it will chip/scratch. The rest of this article will be devoted to discussing different materials for sinks and the pros and cons of each.

Sinks can be made out of concrete. The boons of concrete are many. It is extremely durability and resists bangs, chips, and scratches. It can be stained in almost any color, and it is rather easy to clean. If taken care of properly, this sink could last forever. These sinks are rather heavy, and so they need a strong support system to hold it. Concrete happens to be porous, and so professional plumbers will be able to seal the sink.

Metal sinks are most commonly found in kitchens, but it isn't unheard of for some bathrooms. Just like concrete, these sinks are durable, but they also resist stains rather well. Metal sinks come in different gauges, meaning they come in different thicknesses.

Cast iron is a rather popular because it is very easy to clean. It comes in many different colors. This type of sink isn't as durable, and so if hit hard enough it can and will chip. If your sink chips then you must get it fixed immediately. As soon as your sink chips, it becomes susceptible to rusting.

Tempered glass sinks are considered the strongest of sinks. Tempered glass sinks are extremely resistant to scratching and cracking. Most commonly, you will find glass sinks sold as vessel sinks. One problem with these sinks is that they must be cleaned frequently when using hard water. If left, it can leave spots.

Porcelain, also called vitreous China, is a very common sink type to find in bathrooms. They are inexpensive and clean easily. You will want to be careful to not drop or bang things on the sink.

Each of the above materials is used in different ways to create beautiful and unique sinks, so be sure to shop around for different styles once you've chosen your material.


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