The sink is an essential component of the interior design of any bathroom or kitchen. Such an unusual component as a sink made of stone attracts the attention of everyone in the room. Very often it is the main focus in the interior. Of course, the most important thing is that it is comfortable and functional, but precisely because it is such an attractive element, its aesthetic function should not be sacrificed to functionality. Over the years, stone sinks have gained quite a lot of popularity, thanks to their stylish, sophisticated look. When deciding whether to get a stone sink, it is good to consider not only their appearance, but also some of their practical features. In this article we will focus on them.

Natural stone or manufactured stone?

As always when choosing a stone product, the main question for sinks is natural stone or manufactured stone? We have mentioned many times before that nothing can replace the natural feel of natural stone, but in recent years manufactured stone has come so close that it can even be a preferred choice in some cases. In fact, especially when it comes to sinks, the two materials are not that different. In general, manufactured stone is composed of minerals or natural stone particles bonded with different types of resins and dyes, usually the amount of natural materials is about 80%. 

Some of the advantages of manufactured stone are that it provides better sound insulation for running water and dropping dishes, for example. Also, due to being man-made, this material is fully controllable in color, texture, density, thickness, dimensions, etc. But most of all – the much lower weight and relatively lower cost compared to natural stone. 

The production of a natural stone sink is a complex and time-consuming technological process. The initial rough cut from the stone block is then machined by hand, which requires special skills and tools. On the other hand, the production of a faux stone sink is much more mechanized, requiring less human labor, time and skill. Hence the price difference mentioned above. 

Different types of natural stones are used for making sinks – marble, granite, onyx, basalt and many others. 

Granite. Probably the most popular of all options, as it is a relatively inexpensive material that is resistant to aggressive cleaning agents. It comes in a variety of colors, from pink and reddish to gray.

Marble. A noble material used for centuries in the palaces and houses of the elite. It usually comes in cool colors, with dramatic veining. It is easy to polish, but also absorbs water, so it is good to dry it after use. 

Onyx. Allows you to diversify the color scheme with yellow and brown shades. It can also be transparent, translucent and shiny like glass. Is really waterproof.

Basalt. It comes in gray and greenish hues. Basalt lends itself well to processing (despite the rather significant weight of this type of stone). This material tolerates moisture well, it is resistant to chemicals, and has good sound insulation.

Sinks made of manufactured stone almost do not differ in appearance from natural ones. The colors and shapes of such materials are very different, they depend only on the imagination of the customer.

A stone sink has stylish, sophisticated look.
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Advantages and disadvantages of stone sinks

Advantages of a stone sink: 

Durability. The stone is a very durable material. A stone sink is not afraid of scratches, chips and mechanical damage. It is the most durable investment in a beautiful interior. 

Dirt and chemical resistance. Stone sinks are very resistant to various effects, including most cleaning agents. However, do not overdo it with highly abrasive detergents. 

Excellent hygiene. Thanks to the above properties and modern technologies, stone sinks comply with all sanitary standards. 

Originality and aesthetics. Stone sinks are an excellent opportunity to add a spectacular element to the interior design – different shapes, sizes, colors – in general, all of this can depend solely on the wishes and requirements of the client. 

Disadvantages of a stone sink: 

Price. As already mentioned, the main disadvantage of the stone sinks is the high price, especially when it comes to natural stone. It is important to note, however, that given the long and trouble-free use, the high price can be considered justified. 

Fragility with a sudden change in temperature. Stone sinks, especially those made of natural stone, do not tolerate sudden changes in temperature well, and in extreme cases they can crack. The surface layer of those made of manufactured stone could be damaged by excessively hot pots. 

Heavy weight. For the installation of a stone sink, it is usually necessary to provide additional strengthening of the supporting structure due to the high weight of the sink. For the same reason, it is good to use the services of specialists for the installation, and not to do it yourself.

After we took a look at the most common advantages and disadvantages of stone sinks, in the next part of this article we will give you some tips on how to choose and properly maintain your stone sink.


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