Today, we are blessed with many modern technological innovations that make our humdrum life more exciting. This situation is also true with regards to modern kitchen sinks used in the home and in commercial establishments.
At present, the kitchen sink is no longer unexciting and dull looking. Modern kitchen designers have come up with composite kitchen sinks that do not lose their mirror polished shine and beautiful colors, even after being used for some time. Sinks made of composite materials are also very strong and can take all kinds of heavy duty activities that you can perform on them – without showing any signs of stress. Composite kitchen sinks are made by combining natural stone such as granite, marble and quartz with resin. The strength and hardness of the natural stone gives these sinks durable characteristics while the resin makes them more affordable than sinks made wholly of expensive stones. They are now becoming quite popular because of their ability to withstand the normal wear and tear suffered by kitchen sinks over time. Since they are man-made, you can specify not only the specific design but also the structural strength and the colors of your kitchen sinks. If you are looking for a new kitchen sink, composite sinks will be a good option.
How Are They Made?
Composite sinks are made by mixing natural stone materials with polyresin or acrylic fillers. This combined mixture is poured into a mold which holds the form of the kitchen sink. Since these sinks are completely man-made, the choices of colors and structural strength can be customized. This is also the reason why there are more varied choices of colors available in composite sinks than in single-material sinks.
Basic Types of Composite Sinks
Three basic types of composite kitchen sinks are being sold in the market today. They are the following:
• Quartz Composite Sinks – these sinks are made by combining crushed quartz crystals and polyresin filler. The resultant surface is highly resistant to scratches, chips and stains. However, it is not as resistant to these stresses compared to granite because of its lower stone density. But you can infuse any color design in its surface because it readily accepts color dyes.
• Granite Composite Sinks – these sinks are a combination of crushed granite and polyresin filler. The crushed granite makes these types of sink highly resistant to chips, dents, scratches and stains. They are also able to handle heat coming from hot pots and pans without showing burns or scorches. Granite composites are acknowledged as the best in composite sinks.
• Aggregate Composites – these sinks are made of a mixture of natural materials and polyresin filler. This mixture of natural materials can fill complex molds more readily than those of higher stone contents. Therefore you can create more specialized sink designs with this type of composite material. It is not as hard as granite or quartz composites, but aggregate composites will also resist stains, chips and scratches. One advantage over the others is that if there is damage on the sink, you can do the repairs yourself. Color options are the same with the first two types.
Advantages of Composite Kitchen Sinks
There are advantages in using composite materials for kitchen sinks. Below are some of the most notable advantages.
• Lower Costs – composite kitchen sinks are more affordable compared to single stone sinks. Depending on the size, an average granite sink usually ranges from $1,000 to $2,500. Composite sinks is significantly lower with prices going from $200 to $250. Granite composite sinks are a bit higher starting from $350 to $500 but still way below a single granite sink.
• Not Easily Damaged – their surfaces are highly resistant to scratches, dents, chips and stains. Granite composites will also resist damage caused by strong detergents and cleansers.
• Very Durable – their natural stone components make composite sinks very hardy. They will handle heavy-duty use without showing visible signs of wear and tear.
• Beautiful and Elegant – their surface colors and textures are indistinguishable with that of the natural stone. You can also design more intricate color combinations than natural stone materials.
• Can Be Repaired – If there is a scratch, you can buff it yourself and no one will notice the difference.
• Easy Cleaning and Maintenance – their smooth surfaces will not allow stains, dirt and grime to stick on their surfaces, making your daily cleaning and maintenance an easy breeze.
• Limited Styles in Granite Composite sinks – this is a limitation in the process of making granite composites sinks.
• Can Damage Dishes – granite composites with its 80% granite composition is considered a hard, inflexible surface. Accidentally dropping your expensive dishes on their surface will break them in impact.
• Weight of granite composites are still heavy
• Granite composites are still porous therefore they need resealing after some time of use.
Even with their superb qualities, composite kitchen sinks still need to be cared for daily if you want to use them for a long time. In cleaning their surfaces, always use a mild cleaner. Don’t bang pots, pans and kitchen utensils on the surface of the sink while cleaning them. Rough handling will eventually show in the sink surface over time.