The first advantage of integrated sinks and sinks is simply striking – they look stylish, beautiful, original. A very effective option for countertops in the bathroom or in the kitchen, a modern and relevant solution for any interior style.
We have already written about what kind of kitchen sinks are in general. Artificial stone is not yet as popular as stainless steel sinks, but such countertops are valued for their seamlessness, variety of shapes and colors..
Another important advantage of monolithic or integrated sinks is that they are easy to maintain. There are no seams, any joints, sides, that is, small debris and dirt will remain on the surface, the crumbs can simply be brushed into the sink, it is easy to wash off the foam.
The color of the washbasin perfectly matches the countertop, which is not surprising, because they are created from the same material. This is very attractive. For the bathroom, as a humid room, artificial stone is good, because mold does not grow on it.
Integrated sinks and sinks do not have to be cast, that is, monolithic. There are also glued options, but they are visually almost indistinguishable, because the bowl is also created in the color of the table top, and is glued in so that the seams are invisible.
Conveniently, the artificial stone absorbs shocks. If a plate or cup falls on such a countertop or into a sink bowl, they will not break, as in the case of a blow against natural stone or ceramics..
The integrated sink can be of any shape. Usually, such countertops are made to order and it will be almost impossible to find options that are identical in color, size and shape.
The main disadvantage of monolithic sinks and sinks is that if they are damaged, it will be difficult and expensive to replace. Of course, the bowl itself can be cut out of the countertop, in the case of glued options it is somewhat easier. But how to choose a similar sink or a replacement sink? A challenging and costly task.
If the integrated sink has been glued into the worktop, it is not recommended to use a waste shredder. It creates vibration and there is a risk that the existing seams will come apart.
It is also dangerous to pour boiling water into a sink or sink made of artificial stone – cracks may occur. To avoid such thermal effects, cold water should be turned on before draining the boiling water, just to dilute it and lower the temperature.
It is also dangerous to drop heavy sharp objects into the sink and sink made of acrylic stone. In addition, highly colored substances can leave marks on the stone, which will be very difficult to wash off. This means that such integrated bowls should be handled with care..
It is also not recommended to wash monolithic sinks with abrasive substances, because scratches may remain on them, such bowls are quite delicate.
Perhaps one of the main disadvantages of integrated sinks and sinks made of artificial stone is their high cost. You will have to pay for exclusivity and original appearance, only options from natural granite or marble are more expensive than acrylic sinks.
If you are not deterred by the drawbacks of integrated sinks and sinks, feel free to choose this option for arranging countertops in the bathroom or kitchen. Just be careful, take good care of it and your stylish sink and sink will last long..