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A vessel sink sits on top of the counter rather than being mounted in or below the countertop. Also, when installing, use only caulking and sealants made for natural stone, or you may stain the sink. SHNS photo

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Advice on vessel-type bathroom sinks

By Ed Del Grande

Q: My wife and I are installing a new bathroom sink. We agreed on a “vessel”-style sink, but had no idea that we had so many material choices. We’re leaning toward a “natural stone” vessel sink. To help us with a final decision, can you please tell us more about stone vessel sinks? — Bob, Ohio

A: A vessel sink sits on top of the counter rather than being mounted in or below the countertop. This opens up a lot of design opportunities because the sink rim will not be confined to fitting a straight countertop edge.

Along with design freedom comes a vast choice of materials that you can use for a vessel sink. China, stainless steel and cast iron can keep the look a little more traditional. Glass, metal and natural stone, on the other hand, can give your bathroom a more dramatic effect.

When it comes to natural stone, marble is a very popular choice for vessel sinks. Since a marble vessel sink is usually formed and polished from a single piece of stone, the finished product may look more like a piece of sculpture than a bathroom sink.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

When installing, use only caulking and sealants made for natural stone, or you may stain the sink. Also, since this is a natural product, colors and grain may be limited to the stone available. Finally, this type of bathroom sink is a higher-end plumbing product, and that’s a “stone-cold” fact!

Scripps Howard News Service

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