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Pros & Cons of Different Sink Materials

Kitchen Sinks

Pros Cons Definition
Fireclay Lowest maintenance, available in several colors. Less styles and sizes to choose from. Solid white clay fired at extra high temperatures for long period of time to create a material looks like porcelain but is much more durable.
Porcelain Very low cost and low maintenance. Not very durable for heavy use kitchen sinks. Also known as Ceramic or Vitrouse China.
Stainless Steel Low cost, low maintenance, huge selection. Can dent and scratch. A form of steel containing chromium, resistant to tarnishing and rust.
Copper Becomes the focul point of your kitchen with stunning style. Highest maintenance and most expensive. Pure natural copper either molded or welded into a sink bowl.
Stone Very durable and unique style. Requires re-sealing every year or two. Sometimes made of a solid slab of natural stone carved into a sink bowl. Othertime made of slabs of natural stone combined to create a sink bowl.
Bamboo Keeps the eco-friendly theme flowing through out the kitchen. High maintenance, can eventually leak if not looked after. Solid bamboo slabs put together to create a sink bowl.
Bronze Similar to copper but offers darker finishes. Highest maintenance and most expensive just like copper. A metal material made of mixing Copper and Tin to create a darker coler.
Quartz Lower price than Fireclay which it is trying to imitate. Feels like plastic to the touch. Very limited selection of styles and sizes. Quartz stone powder combined with an adhesive and molded into a sink bowl.
Cast Iron Low cost alternative to fireclay for those looking for white porcelain style sink. The porcelain layer can easily chip. Not available as an apron sink. Casted iron coated with a layer of porcelain.
Concrete Very durable and offers a modern one of a kind style. Very limited selection of styles and sizes. Concrete molded into a sink bowl and then highly polished.
Granite Very affordable for the durability it provides. Feels like plastic to the touch. Engineered from a combination of stone powders and adhesives.

 

Bath Sinks

Pros Cons Definition
Porcelain Lowest maintenance, largest selection. Simple design style and most common. Also known as Ceramic or Vitrouse China.
Stainless Steel Low cost for a modern look. Can dent and scratch. A form of steel containing chromium, resistant to tarnishing and rust
Copper Unique designs and patterns. Highest maintenance and most expensive. Pure natural copper either molded or welded into a sink bowl.
Stone Very durable and the only one offering natural earthy style. Should be re-sealed every couple years. Sometimes made of a solid slab of natural stone carved into a sink bowl. Othertime made of slabs of natural stone combined to create a sink bowl.
Bamboo Keeps the eco-friendly theme flowing through out the bath. High maintenance, keep it clean and dry after use. Solid bamboo slabs put together to create a sink bowl.
Glass Low maintenance, tons of colors and designs to choose from. Not for heavy use bathrooms. Solid tempered glass.