So you have decided that going with a vessel sinks is the perfect option for your new modern bathroom. There are so many options!! What to pick? How to decide? What are the differences? Let’s see if I can shine some light on all this for you and make your decision a little easier.
We offer a few different types of vessel sinks:
Copper Vessel Sink
Stone Vessel Sink
Ceramic Vessel Sink
Porcelain Vessel Sink
Glass Vessel Sink
Glass Vessel Sinks
One of the most popular trends in bathroom remodeling are fused glass sinks, they are also known as glass vessel sinks. The most common are 15-20 inches in diameter and about 5-8 inches deep. There are three methods to making a glass sink: cold, warm and hot glass.
Cold glass is when the sink is made at room temperature, such as mosaic glass, stained glass, glass carving and glass etching. Warm glass is when the glass is heated to a temperature up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. Pieces of glass can be combined and fused together to achieve a desired design. Once fused, the glass is then put over a mold to reach the desired shape. Hot glass is the process of blowing glass. The glass is formed using a glory hole from a pipe. Glass is blown and formed into a sink shape. This method allows for the most creativity and makes every piece unique. The hole for the plumbing is cut and sanded in the sink after the sink is finished.
Double Layer Glass Vessel Sink
We all know how fragile glass can be. So how strong are these sinks really? Since they are heated to a high temperature and then cooled they are 5-7 times stronger than normal unheated glass. These sinks can survive at temperatures up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. However, these sinks don’t react well to sudden changes in temperature, so please don’t pour water over 120 degrees into them as it could cause thermal shock and your sink could break.
There are three types of glass vessel sinks: natural glass, double layer glass and painted sinks.
Natural Glass Vessel Sink
Natural glass sinks are made of clear, colored glass without any additional color added. They are plain and without any design.
Double layer sinks are made by combining two layers of glass with a design (usually colored foil) between the two layers; these sinks are generally much stronger than natural glass sinks as they provide an extra layer of glass.
Painted vessel sinks achieve their design by having the underside of the glass painted and sealed.
Vessel Sink- Rainfall Faucet Combination
No matter which glass vessel sink you decide to go with, it will surely add beauty, elegance and at times a work of art to your bathroom.
If you are looking for that “little bit of extra” we offer a large selection of glass vessel sink and rainfall faucet combinations for a perfect match.
In tomorrow’s blog we will cover the other types of vessel sinks that are available to you.