You may have heard of granite countertops, but have you heard of granite sinks? Granite sinks offer a blend of natural stone and resin, which can stand heavy long-term use while staying beautiful and elegant.
Like granite countertops, granite sinks are hardwearing and sturdy, making them a valuable addition to your kitchen features.
In this article, we will run you through everything you need to know about granite sinks.
Granite vs Granite Composite Sinks
Granite is beautiful, durable, and reasonably priced, which makes them an ideal material for sinks. This material is heat resistant and resists scratching or stains if well sealed. However, granite can still be expensive and not as commercially available.
Using granite stone for your countertop may also be very heavy and require extra costs for installation and support systems. While this material can be easily chiselled, carved, or smoothed to match your kitchen, it can also be prone to chipping.
Granite composite consists of 80% granite and 20% acrylic resin to give you a look and feel of natural stone. However, this material is more uniform and affordable. Most granite sinks available in the market are made of granite composite instead of natural granite stone.
Like natural granite, granite composite sinks are also durable, heat resistant, and can easily handle scratching and staining. They come with the additional feature of being resistant to acid, water spots, and chipping.
These granite composites are available in various shapes, sizes, colours, finishes, and configurations ideal for whatever kitchen design you are going for.
Keep in mind that lighter colours of granite composite may stain, and the finish can dull from waterborne minerals if you don’t clean it regularly.
Other Sink Materials to Consider
If you are looking for alternatives to granite and granite composite sinks, you may consider quartz composite sinks or just a stainless steel sink.
A quartz composite sink is identical to the granite composite sink as they are both made from natural stone and mixed with acrylic resin.
Stainless steel may be easier to maintain and less expensive, but it is nowhere as durable as granite sinks. These sinks are prone to damage and can make more noise when you are using them. You also don’t get many colour options with a stainless-steel sink.
Maintaining Your Granite Sink
Although they are durable and primarily damage-resistant, granite sinks still require regular maintenance. Light-coloured sinks are prone to staining, while the dark sinks can develop a white film over time if not cleaned properly.
Ensure daily sink washing with a gentle soap such as dishwashing soap and a nylon brush. Rinse it thoroughly and wipe with a soft cloth after use to prevent stains and deposits.
Avoid using abrasive cleaning tools and solutions that can damage the seal and finish of your granite sink.
You can also use a little cooking oil to shine on the surface after cleaning.
Integrating a granite sink into your granite kitchen design is a great way to add a beautiful yet durable feature to your home. Granite and granite composite sinks offer a surface resistant to heat, scratching, and stains while remaining beautiful and elegant.
Are you looking for a granite kitchen design in Gloucestershire? We at Cotswold Marble & Granite offer quality fabrication and installation of natural stone for your home project. Send us a message to learn more.