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INTERIORS : A Flow of Options Available for Sinks

August 07, 1993|From Associated Press

In the market for a new sink? Here are some of the options you might consider:

* Vitreous china is probably the most common type of bathroom sink. Available in a variety of styles and colors, this material is easy to clean and has a lustrous surface. It can, however, crack or chip when struck.

* Porcelainized or enameled cast-iron sinks are both durable and able to resist stains, scratches, chips and dents. They're also heavy and require a sturdy support system.

* Enameled steel does not wear as well as porcelainized cast iron, but has the advantage of being light enough to move into place easily.

* Stainless steel is also lighter than cast iron. It is durable but tends to show spots from hard water and soap.

* If you like the look of a metal sink, you might also consider solid cast-brass models as well as vitreous-china styles with metallic finishes.

* For a sleek, seamless effect, there are blends of quartz and acrylic; synthetics mimic granite and marble. All are stain- and chip-resistant, but are also more expensive than other materials.

* Lavatory-styles fit into three general categories: pedestal sinks, wall-hung sinks and sinks that rest in vanities. Pedestal and wall-hung sinks are good space savers in small baths.

If you have the room, however, sinks designed for vanities are the most practical option.

Self-rimming sinks, for instance, feature a ridge that fits over the countertop to form a tight seal and help keep water from splashing onto the counter.

Flush-mounted sinks are recessed into a vanity's countertop with tight-fitting metal rims. Integral one-piece sink-and-countertop units are also available for vanities.

Vanities are usually 31 to 34 inches high, but they're also available in lower and higher versions. For comfort, you may want to install a 36-inch-high vanity in a bath used only by adults.

If you install two sinks in one vanity, allow 12 inches between them and eight inches at each end.

Finally, choose the largest sink you can fit into your bath; not only is it more convenient, but it also will reduce splashing.

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