SINKS | Composite vs. Porcelain vs. Stainless Steel
Shopping around for a new sink can be a challenge. If you have no prior knowledge of sinks, you will be astonished with the selection variety you will be introduced to. To help you make your sink selection, we will explain the benefits of three popular materials; composite, porcelain and stainless steel sinks.
A composite material is made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components. In this case, resin, acrylic and natural stone are combined together to form a composite sink. It is important to note that the quantity of each material can vary and determine the quality. Composites with a higher percentage of natural stone such as quartz are stronger and more durable.
Attributes that distinguish composite sinks:
- Durable & Long-Lasting: Each individual material involved in
composite sinks contributes benefits which make the final product stronger.
- Easy to Clean: Composite sinks are recognized as hygienic.
- More Color Choices & Color Consistency: Since this product is man made, it can be found in more color choices and the color is consistent unlike natural materials.
- Available in More Shapes: The way it’s moulded in the manufacturing process also gives more freedom over the shape and final design of the sink, so you might find that you like the more interesting shapes available.
- Scratch Resistant: Composite sinks are among the most, if not the most, scratch resistant material as the color is consistent throughout the thickness of the material.
- Heat & Stain Resistant: They are also highly resistant to heat and stains without the need of applying a sealant.
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Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials up to 2,400 degrees fahrenheit.
Attributes that distinguish porcelain sinks:
- Not as Easy to Clean: Porcelain sinks are not as easy to clean, but rough scrubbing can remove most stains and dirt from the sinks. Unfortunately, the rough scrubbing could scratch the porcelain sinks.
- Porcelain may Discolor, Crack or Chip: Porcelain sinks start to discolor and develop stains that cannot be removed. Another disadvantage of these sinks is that they’re really fragile, they might crack or chip and homeowners cannot easily repair this damage.
- Does Not Withstand Extreme Temperatures: unless they are actually cast iron with only a layer of porcelain on the top of the cast iron, which gives the sink more durability than a pure porcelain sink would have.
- Usually White: Porcelain sinks are white, which matches some kitchens and bathrooms, while clashing negatively with others.
- Quiet: Unlike a stainless steel sink, a porcelain sink is much quieter.
- Low Moisture Absorbency: makes the porcelain better at preventing leakage.
- Retains Heat: Makes dishwashing more efficient because the water stays hot longer.
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Stainless steel is essentially a low-carbon steel, which contains chromium at 10.5 percent or more by weight. It is this addition of chromium that gives the steel its unique stainless, corrosion-resisting and enhanced mechanical properties. Stainless steel fits with nearly any color or style and matches modern appliances.
- These type of sinks are lighter and easier to install.
- Stainless steel is easy to clean and sterilize.
- You can find plenty of very affordable models among the stainless steel selection.
- These sinks are considerably durable as they won’t chip, crack, fade, or stain.
- Unlike porcelain sinks, stainless steel sinks absorb shock and therefore are delicate with glass and won’t easily break them.
- Stainless steel is also considered to be environmentally friendly since it won’t degrade or lose any of its properties in the recycling process.
- Stainless steel sinks are relatively light and their strong properties allow it to be formed into larger and deeper bowls.
- The metal imparts a rich glow and adds corrosion resistance. Therefore, stainless steel sinks are the choice to provide years of optimal performance and high quality appearance.
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Today there are endless styles and materials to choose from when it comes to finding a sink. Finding the best sink for your home will take some understanding of the different specs of each type of sink available. The final choice will be determined on your personal preference. Whether you choose a composite, porcelain, or stainless steel sink you want to ensure it matches your counter tops, cabinet hardware, your lighting or your appliances. Your sink will tie into the overall look and style of your home.