Fabulous Fashionable Fads
Bathroom vessels sinks are among some the most contentious plumbing fixtures in the lavatory because they leave homeowners with a knot of uncertainty about whether to purchase this type of bath basin. Most of the times this is due to the former unpopularity of vessels sinks in different circles and the association that is often made that these hand basins are just temporary fad items.
However, despite not being the typical vanity basin or under-mount sink, these fixtures are still considered luxury items by many bath designers and the various stylish bowl shapes have struck many homeowners with their grace and design.
If you are thinking about using a vessel sink in your grooming space then there are many factors that have to be taken into consideration. One such factor is that of “style versus the function” of the basin. Many homeowners choose vessel sinks based on style and not their immediate function and this often leads to a list of unexpected problems from installation to daily usage.
Examining the Pros of Countertop Basins:
Costs: Most of these bowls are more expensive than traditional washbasins. This is primarily due to the specialized expertise that is needed to make and install them. If you are considering remodeling more than one bath and intend to install these fixtures in all, then you will need to weigh the final costs to see if is worth the investment.
Home resale value: Vessels sinks are trendy items, but some people simply consider them as fancy washbowls and perhaps a bit too visible for a hand basin and wouldn’t even consider using them in their bathroom. If you plan to sell your home in the future, then you will have to take into consideration how the use of fixtures could affect the chance of making a successful sale depending upon the buyer.
Overflow relief drains: Despite being stylish and chic, these products do not come with overflow relief drains. This could potentially be a problem with your residential plumbing if the main drain is blocked and water flow is very slow; however, vessel fixtures that are properly maintained will not pose a problem in this aspect.
Water splashing: Water splashes from these fixture more than the traditional bathroom sink due to the shallowness of the bowl which is typically above the counter. This can be easily controlled if you use the right type of bath faucets specifically made for these types of sinks. Another factor to take into consideration is the type of installation: whether recessed or above counter installation. As mentioned before, the latter is more prone to splashing than the former under-mount installation.
Placement and Durability
Durability: The edges of vessels sinks are exposed, which makes these bowls more prone to chipping and breaking than normal sunken wash hand basins. The best approach to this would be to install them in bathrooms that are not used by children or visitors (powder-rooms). There is also the issue of scratching that has to be taken into consideration when choosing a bowl for your vanity.
Type: There are many different types of lavatory vessels bowls and wash basin materials to choose from which makes it easy for homeowners to find the best one to attend to their needs. However, some hand basins have a leading advantage over others and some examples of this would be: porcelain models versus glass and marble. Porcelain is a lot easier to clean than glass and marble and a lot more durable as well.
Other type of varieties include: copper sinks, stainless steel basins and clay vessel sinks. Copper basins develop a green color after some time of usage. This is due to oxidation. Fortunately, this can be prevented by applying copper wax on a frequent basis.
Room Size and Maintenance Factors
Bathroom size: Vessels sinks are often used in a large bath, because they add a special touch to the overall perspective and space balance. This does not mean these lavatory sinks cannot be used in small powder rooms; however, care has to be taken to maintain balance since depending on the type of bowl that is used it could create an overpowering effect.
Height: The installation method and vanity height are two important factors that have to be taken into consideration when it comes to vessels sinks. Many homeowners that do not consider these two aspects end up with wash basins that are too high and, making them awkward and uncomfortable to use.
Water staining: Stone and glass models are more prone to staining than the other types of bath sinks mentioned earlier.
Maintenance: Vessels fixtures on vanities require a greater degree of maintenance than traditional bathroom sinks. This will depend on the type of material that has been used and also the installation method. Free standing models are usually harder to maintain due to the small area between the sink and the counter top.
Longevity vs Fad
When choosing a sink for your bath, and you plan on eventually selling the property, you should weigh the pros and cons of installing a vessel sink in your main bathroom. If on the other hand you love the sight of these basins and have every intention of enjoying your upscale looking bathing space, nothing can beat the beauty of a wonderful vessel sink on your vanity countertop. Wooden sinks and sinks made from concrete are two trendy materials that interior designers are presently incorporating into modern bath design.