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Pros and Cons Of Granite Sinks
Posted on: Jan.04.2012
 

Granite is a natural stone, typically used as a countertop material in bathrooms and kitchens. This igneous rock is known for its natural beauty and immense aesthetical value. It is available in a wide range of colors, and with unique color variations, patterns, and veins. Granite adds a natural elegance to any home setting and works with many interior styles. For this reason granite is used in other applications besides countertops, including sinks.

Sinks found in bathrooms and kitchens can be made of different materials, including granite. You have two options of granite sinks, composite granite and natural granite sinks. Composite granite is made up of 80% of natural granite combined with a resign and still achieve the same beauty and smooth surface as regular granite. Vessel sinks and bowl shaped sinks are commonly made of real granite while undermount, topmount, drop-in and inset sinks are made of granite composite. Both types carry the same durable, heat resistant, and aesthetically pleasing characteristics, but with every benefit there is usually a downside.  Below we discuss the pros and cons of using a granite sink.

Pros

Granite sinks are used in kitchens and bathrooms and present an elegant style in any home. They have many benefits and advantages, beyond their natural beauty, which we discuss below.

Durable

Granite is one of the most durable natural materials available for any home improvement project. They are highly resistant to chipping and scratching which makes them perfect for kitchen sinks. You can feel comfortable with the dropping and clinging of dishes, utensils, and pots and pans into the sink knowing granite can handle the wear and tear. In fact, composite granite sinks are known to be more heat, stain, and scratch resistant than stainless steel sinks.  Although durable, sink mats are recommended to add further protection.

Many Colors and Patterns

Being a natural stone material the colors, variations, veins, and patterns will always be unique to the granite sink. There will never be two natural granite sinks that look exactly the same. There are many types of patterns and colors to choose from, leaving you with many options. Another benefit is that the color pigment is throughout the granite and not just the surface.  Colors range from black, blue, red, brown, and more.

Composite granite is different because it is made up of 80% granite, meaning it is not made of the natural cut granite. It is composed of scrap granite or granite dust mixed with a resign, acrylic, and formed into sinks. It still maintains the beauty, and characteristics of natural granite but the natural patterns and veins are not always as unique as natural granite. Although they are lacking the natural patterns they are still available in many colors.

Heat Resistant

Granite is a heat resistant material, which makes it perfect for kitchen use. Granite can handle extreme temperatures without you having to worry about damage. It is also not affected by extreme temperature changes, making them perfect for a kitchen or bathroom sink where cold and hot water will be present.

Composite Granite Is Stain Resistant

Natural granite does not stain easily, but it is porous and should be sealed. Composite granite, on the other hand, is stain resistant against the harshest household items like coffee, tea, wine, and even hair dyes.

Beautiful

This may be the most obvious benefit, but granite is one of the most beautiful and stunning home improvement materials on the market. Natural stone, in general, is very popular because of the earthly style, and feeling you get when installed in your home. Both composite and natural granite look great in any kitchen or bathroom.

Cons

With every material, no matter how many benefits it has, will have some disadvantages, and downsides. Even granite sink has their negative characteristics that you should be aware of before purchasing and installing in your home.

Needs To Be Cleaned Often

To maintain the beauty and shine of your sink it should be cleaned often, especially if you have a non-sealed natural granite sink.  By cleaning it often you reduce the risk of staining and increase the longevity of its shine and natural beauty.  

Needs To Be Cleaned Carefully

When cleaning never use abrasive cleaners, wire cleaners, or harsh scrubbers. You can use mild cleaners, baking soda, dish soap (rinse thoroughly), and a micro fiber cloth, soft material cloth, or soft sponge. Using the wrong cleaners and materials can alter the appearance of your granite sink.

Real Granite Is Porous

Real or natural granite is porous, but maintains great beauty. It will take some work to protect this material, including cleaning and sealing. If you want a non-porous granite sink you should consider a composite granite sink.

Needs To Be Sealed

If you have a natural granite sink installed it will need to be sealed yearly to keep from staining and absorbing water and liquids. It is a porous material that can stain if not sealed properly and routinely.  Composite granite is non-porous and does not need to be sealed, which is something to consider when deciding between the two types of granite sinks.

There are always advantages and disadvantages to every material. When deciding on what type of sink will be best for you it is easiest to make a list of the pros and cons. Granite is one of the most popular materials used on floors, countertops and sinks in many home improvement projects. A granite kitchen or bathroom sink can set the mood of the room and impress your friends and family.