Features of sinks made of artificial stone
Manufacturers of sinks offer the consumer products of artificial stone in a wide range. It is considered that the washing of artificial stone have a high reliability due to homogeneous structure of the material. Being resistant to household liquids, such washing may, in respect to last quite a long time without changing its appearance.
However, the appearance of the product to determine its quality can be very difficult. Not all existing on the market the manufacturing companies provide high quality sinks made of artificial stone.
To make the right choice, you should have an idea about the features of the process of manufacture of such products and know what drawbacks they have.
Companies manufacturing sinks made of artificial stone, often actively promote their products, with an emphasis on the virtues of their product. In most cases, manufacturers give the correct information, but still prefer to remain silent about the features of the car washes that do not allow them to fully compete with products from other materials.
The main drawback of stone sinks is a relatively high price. Budget the option of washing at all desire can not be called. Artificial stone loses against the prices of alternative materials, among which the most popular are stainless steel and granite.
Sink acrylic stone
Very often, the sinks are made of acrylic stone. This polymer material consists of small mineral particles, acrylic resin and coloring pigment. The main drawback of sink from acrylic stone is that it is quite easily scratched. Particularly sensitive to such mechanical stress uniform in color glossy materials.
When choosing a sink made of acrylic stone best left side in chocolate, dark grey, black and other dark colors. Scratches that appeared on a sink, will be very evident.
The significance of the described disadvantage will decrease, picking up an acrylic wash of beige and grey shades. Best of all, if the stone will have inclusions, rich texture and grainy pattern, similar in texture to natural marble.
The second "minus" acrylic sinks is that they are poorly resistant to high temperatures. In other words, if you put in a unit for some time a hot pot, it may appear clearly visible spot. Manufacturers of acrylic washes to assure that in the event of such trouble the wash can be directly on the spot being simple restoration without disassembling the product. At the same spots, scuffs or scratches disappear, and the sink looks like new. Yet even such a cosmetic treatment washing requires time, effort and additional financial costs.
Washing of sinter
Agglomerated stone called, which contains in its composition a significant part of natural minerals, such as marble, quartz or granite. To improve consumer properties of such artificial stone add sand and glass particles, fine quartz sand and coloring pigments. The common basis of such acts of polyester resin.
Washing of sinter have higher strength when compared with acrylic products.
Agglomerated stone, unfortunately, is less plastic than acrylic materials. Therefore, if you purchase a too complex shape, you run the risk over time to obtain a deformation in the form of microscopic cracks. Of course, they are almost impossible to distinguish by eye, but essentially on the sink are formed by seams. Each such seam may cause more severe deformation in the form of "full" cracks or chipping of the material. In particular, increase the probability that the temperature changes when exposed to the wash water.
In addition, the agglomerates are a very heavy dense material. It is very difficult to handle and install. And abrasive substances sink, agglomerated stone more afraid than acrylic. If the surface is glossy, then after prolonged use it may develop tiny scratches. Even if the functionality of the sink is not affected, the appearance of the product will not be new and sparkling.
If you decide to subject the agglomerate of restoration, you should know that polishing of this artificial stone requires special equipment and is very time consuming. To return this sink to the original luster, you'll need to attract professionals.
Advice 2: How to fix the sink on the countertop
Modern functional sink in the kitchen - a pledge of comfort and cleanliness. It can be installed independently, focusing on the overall design of the premises and priorities of the hostess. Certain skills, special tools, and desire is all that is needed for future work.
You will need
- - drill
- electric jig saw
- cutting machine,
- - diamond bezel,
- - pliers
- - clamp,
- - screwdriver,
- - screwdriver,
- - fasteners,
- - a tape measure, ruler, pencil,
- sealants, spatula or brush, clean rags.
Space on the countertop, attaching the template, the future of the hole under the sink. Using a drill and jig saw, carefully saw out the hole. Cut it by placing a countertop on the floor, as it is more convenient.
The resulting cut clean with a rag from chips and dust. The cut with a sealant to protect it from the effects of water and time. As his use epoxy resin or silicone. If the countertop is made of wood or plastic, get an alcohol sealer. Apply it with a brush or spatula, try to do it as evenly as possible. Once finished, immediately remove all surplus sealant.
Make holes for fasteners on the countertop. To do so, attach the sink to the bottom and mark the place for the future of the fastener. Using a cutting machine and diamond disk at an angle to the surface make vypily. They will be required in order to subsequently be inserted in them fixing elements of the sink when countertop is already installed on site.
Install the fasteners to the sink, making sure that it is close enough. Insert the bolts into the slots but do not attach them until the countertop is not installed.
Make sure that the sealant has dried, attach the countertop to the base, that is, to the Cabinet. Before you install the sinkon the reverse side glue on its contour a special gasket or smear the edges with silicone.
In the hole of the countertop gently place the sink. By using a prepared clamp press it to the surface. Remove any remaining silicone.
Attach the fasteners into the previously prepared slot. After that, fasten the sink on the countertop, but do not tighten the bolts too much to avoid damaging the worktop itself.
For awhile, leave the design in order to stabilize the sealing materials.