Everything AND The Kitchen Sink
Top 5 Luxurious Sink Materials to Use in Your Home
by Jordan Golisano-VanNeil | March 20, 2023 | Email – LinkedIn
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Whether it’s new construction or home renovations, the materials that you choose to work with can really make or break the overall aesthetic that you’re going for. When you think of commonly used kitchen sink materials, stainless steel and porcelain are some of the few that come to mind. If you’re in the market for a new sink and are looking for a high-end upgrade or an attractive yet affordable option, keep reading!
This bold, show-stopping, textured copper sink is a true statement in any room. This particular material can fit with almost anyone’s style. It gives a rustic feel when paired with a wood countertop and a luxurious feel when paired with black marble. Copper sinks are highly durable, long lasting, and it takes a lot to break or scratch them. Maintaining its cleanliness isn’t as daunting as it seems, just wipe it down daily with mild soap and warm water then pat it dry with a cloth. In addition, the average lifespan of a copper sink is 40-50 years, which is fantastic considering the average length of homeownership is 8 years. Copper sinks can cost thousands of dollars but they are a sound long-term investment, not to mention they’re easy on the eyes.
Soapstone is an oldie but a goodie! It’s pros are that it fights against bacteria build-up and is resistant to extreme heat, which is great for straining pasta or rinsing a hot pan. Soapstone is non-porous and has a stronger resistance to the everyday wear and tear that your sink goes through on the daily. Although this material is a beauty to have in your kitchen, it does have a tendency to stain and is a bit easier to scratch, so handle with care. Soapstone sinks are extremely durable and can last well over a century. A standard size can range in price from a few hundred to over $1,000, however, is completely unique and will look like a piece of art in the middle of your kitchen!
Marble is an absolute pleasure to look at on any countertop but having it blend right into a sink is a magical thing. This material is heavily resistant to being chipped or scratched, which makes it great for washing dishes. One of marbles’ most well-known characteristics is that it is extremely heavy, so its important that the cabinets underneath the sink can properly support it. Another thing to keep in mind is that it does show water marks, so you may need to reseal this material on a regular basis. The lifespan of marble is similar to soapstone, but marble tends to have a more desirable price tag than soapstone! At the end of the day, a marble sink might not be number one on the practicality list, but it sure is beautiful.
For those of you who are bold and need a spectacle in your home, a polished brass sink will definately stop your guests in their tracks at your next dinner party. This bright and illuminating material, in contrast with a dark and moody countertop, will take your breath away. Polished brass sinks as are moderately durable and can withstand a lot, but brass is a softer metal and is prone to scratching. To retain its bright shine, it needs to be cleaned with warm water and a mild dish soap and dried with a microfiber cloth. You can polish it once a month or twice a year, it just depends on your desired look! Despite it being slightly more high maintenance, this material lasts a lifetime, remaining intact for hundreds of years. Polished brass truly adds brightness to any room and is best with little wear and tear, so it would be perfect in a bathroom or as a bar sink.
The raw and warm look that wood brings to a space can make it feel like you’ve brought a small piece of the outdoors into your home. Wood is one of the most sustainable, eco-friendly materials that you can pick, however, does it work as a sink? Most wood sinks are custom made and tend to come with a large price tag and require a lot of maintenance, as it may need resealing often. Their lifespan is roughly 30-60 years and can be thousands of dollars depending on its shape and size. Contrary to popular belief, this material is easy to keep clean. Using a soft cloth and gentle soap will keep it looking like the day you first got it. This material is a beauty and brings a sense of warmth into any room.
Now… let that all sink in! Pun intended.
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