What is a Vessel Sink?
When it comes to making changes to add fashion to your home, the bathroom is the most common room that can be overlooked. There is a lot that can be done with the bathroom, including painting, adding accent decorations, and changing the various fixtures to change its look. One option that has become popular with homeowners, is replacing your old boring sink with a vessel sink. Here are the basics and how they differ from traditional sinks, and if one is right for your home.
Why A Vessel Sink?
Vessel sinks serve the same purpose as a traditional basin sink, but instead of being a recessed sink built into the countertop, vessel sinks are made of a standing vessel or sculpted bowl that typically sits on top of the counter or only partially recessed into it. This creates a unique look for the sink that gives a sense of nostalgia for more Victorian-era hardware. The faucet typically stands separate from the vessel and is either mounted to the counter or to the wall.
Vessel Sink Installation
Compared to some other plumbing jobs, vessel sink installation can be a bit easier, but may also be easier to mess up if you aren’t careful. The hardest part with installing a vessel sink is to make sure you have the correct hardware and making sure the drain hole in the countertop is the right size to fit the vessel sink. To be honest this sink could be installed by one person, as long as they know what they are doing.
A Few Things To Keep In Mind
The counter will need to be sufficiently large to accommodate the vessel and faucet, and made of a material that’s sufficiently protected against water. You will also need enough vertical height to accommodate the sink; even a modest vessel sink can add 6 inches or more to the height of the sink area, so you’ll need the necessary clearance for both that and the faucet hardware. Mounting and sealing the sink is important because the last thing you want is for your vessel to leak around its drain and potentially weaken the countertop below it.
Are Vessel Sinks Right for You?
Vessel sinks can give a unique look to your bathroom that really catches the eye. They come in a range of different shapes and materials, that lets you customize your sink to meet your personal design preferences. Vessel sinks work well in some smaller bathrooms provided if they’re properly mounted. They tend to SPLASH A BIT!
If you’re considering a vessel sink but aren’t sure that you’re up to getting it installed correctly, call a plumber in your area that can help you pick the right vessel sink and get it installed the right way.