The newest additions to the family of high end bathroom sinks are glass and crystal. Glass sinks can be the best choice for those who want to turn their ordinary bathrooms into a stunning piece of art work.
Glass sinks seem to work very well in both traditional and contemporary bathroom and kitchen settings. Most glass sinks come in as vessel bowls, but they are also available in over-the-counter, wall-mount, pedestal, under-the-counter as well as countersink models.
It is a very common misconception that glass sinks are not durable. They are much more durable as anyone can think. Most of them can withstand temperature changes of about 20 degrees, and most of them are resistant to minor accident breakage, such as accidentally dropping your toothbrush or your plastic bottle onto it. It is true, however, that heavy objects falling into normal glass sinks will cause them to shatter. Tempered glass based sinks, however are more resistant, they can withstand the force caused by heavy objects: they might crack or break, but they do not tend to shatter. Laminated glass behaves similarly, but is more resistant than tempered ones.
Laminated sinks consist of an interlayer made of resin or tough plastic that are bonded together between two glass panes. They are sealed together, behave like one single unit, and looks like a normal glass. When hard object fall on them, they may crack due to too much pressure but the fragments tend to adhere to the interlayer so that they do not cause injury.
Glass sinks come in a wide variety of designs, shapes and sizes. Some of the common ones are:
They are moulded into different shapes and textures, or bas-relief motifs at very high temperatures.
Glass sinks now come in various colors; the common ones include blue, green and red. These colors are usually achieved by adding some metal oxides and incorporated into the hot glass melt.
Frosted or Etched Glass
These types of sinks have an opaque look. It usually gets transparent when it gets wet, but goes back to its opaque, frosted look when it dries.
These sinks have a polished finish so that the exterior looks very smooth.
Care and Maintenance
Glass sinks might be durable, but it must be properly maintained to make sure it lasts a long time.
You should clean it with plain water or with a mild glass cleaner regularly and wipe the sink dry every after use so that water spots do not develop.
If your sink is textured, make sure that you wipe the outside area regularly.
Never use abrasive bathroom cleaners as they can scour or full the glass surface.
Do not ever allow metals, steel or other glass objects to come in contact with the glass as they can chip or scratch its surface.
Never allow boiling hot water to flow into the sink as it may cause the glass to crack.
Remember that once your glass sink gets chipped, cracked, or worse, broken, there is no way to fix or repair it like new.