One of the important places in the kitchen, which no housewife can do without, is the sink, so its choice must be taken seriously. Today, sinks made of stone, both natural and artificial, are in great demand on the market. A sink made of such material immediately shows your material status, since its price is low.
Natural stone sink
There are many rocks in nature, but only a few are used to make kitchen sinks. On the website of the furniture factory "Kitchens for People" www.homprojekt.ru you can get acquainted with various options for sinks.
Let's consider the most common materials:
• travertine and others.
It is these rocks that are "cut down" in a whole piece under the sinks or are joined by slabs. After giving shape, the stone is carefully polished. If the sink has corners as planned, they will still be slightly rounded.
This stone is very durable, it looks massive, but no less beautiful. A sink made of such a stone is covered with a special polishing agent, which has different components. The approximate cost of the most inexpensive model is 1000 euros, while the manufacturer consoles with an equally pleasant gift, service and a guarantee of up to 15 years.
But this material also has disadvantages:
• high price;
• heavy weight;
• granite emits a radioactive background;
• if an object falls into the sink from a height of about 30 cm, cracks may appear;
• some stains are washed off in a few hours.
This material is made by nature due to the sediment of silt, which has a certain chemical composition of calcium carbonate. This is what gives the unique color to marble. Marble sinks are mainly assembled from slabs, so the price is not as high as that of solid ones.
Tips for caring for your marble sink:
• do not forget about the stains left on it, you will later have to change the sink;
• fragile material;
• afraid of corrosion;
Imitation stone sink
This is a very convenient and practical material for the kitchen, and even more so if the countertop and sink are made of artificial stone. In this case, you can experiment with colors and exquisite shapes.
Artificial stone in essence consists of 70% natural stone: granite, marble chips, etc. Dyes, sand, and 20-30% polymer resin binders are also added. This material has several names depending on its components, for example:
• acrylic stone;
• porcelain stoneware and more.
All of these materials have the following properties:
• wear resistance;
• pleasant to the touch;
• are not toxic;
• do not emit chemicals.
For cleaning, it is not recommended to apply hard metal brushes, sponges or a substance with a high concentration of chlorine to this type of material.
You can give any shape to the shell, whether it is made of natural or artificial stone:
• with wings on the sides;
• with a bowl.
The main thing, remember, a stone sink not only gives a stylish interior to your kitchen, but will delight you for more than a dozen years.