PLUMBER: Composite materials offer alternative kitchen sink options
Q: I am looking to install a new kitchen sink, and I have seen products called composite sinks. What is a composite kitchen sink, and have you worked with them in the past?
A: I have worked with composite products. They are used for many applications, not just for plumbing fixtures.
Basically, composites can be a mix of resins, fiberglass and fillers. These materials are lightweight and strong, and they can resist chipping, cracking and peeling.
Because of the versatility of the material, you can also find composites used for bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry sinks and bathroom sinks, as well. Different sink colors are available to match countertops. The color is pressure-molded into the material itself.
On top of all that, a composite kitchen sink can be heat- and stain-resistant.
Bottom line: If you're looking for an alternative material option, a composite kitchen sink may bowl you over.
Wall-hung bathroom sinks offer many features
Q: We have an existing closet that we want to remodel as a small bathroom. What bathroom fixture choices do you recommend for small areas? We are willing to give up storage space for a little more moving around room.
A: This is an easy choice for me since I have worked in many small bathrooms.
For small powder room areas, just like any bathroom area, I recommend you install a good venting fan.
Next, look into a round-front toilet bowl, or better yet — but more expensive — you can find residential wall-hung toilets with the water tank concealed in the wall.
Speaking of wall-hung fixtures, a wall-hung bathroom sink can help you pick up some valuable space as well. Wall-mounted sinks are natural space-saving designs, and they can do it with classic styling and versatility. Many wall-hung sinks can be used with standard bathroom faucets and have wide, flat rims for a little shelving.
So, no need to give up comfort while you're looking to pick up space.