Building & Renovating

6 Durable Materials for Your Sink

Choose the best sink by familiarizing yourself with these materials


Before you purchase a new sink for your new bathroom, it's best to consider which material suits your needs. Remember, the sink can also add character to the space so it's a must that you opt for a piece with high quality.

Here are six durable materials that you need to take note of.

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Keep these materials in mind:

Porcelain Enamel on Cast Iron or Steel

Porcelain is often used in pedestal sinks. It is an opaque glassy coating that is often infused with cat-iron or steel base. Sinks made in these materials come in a variety of colors. However, enamel usually chip through time.

Maintenance: Use a mild cleanser or mix baking soda and water to remove soap scum.


If your overall bathroom style is elegant and sophisticated, then you might go for a glass material for your sink. Glass sinks can be colored and decorated for a chic accent for your bathroom. But, glass is fragile, and it is sensitive to heat. Make sure that your sink is not placed directly on sunlight because your silk might cause damages.

Maintenance: Wipe your glass sink with a mild glass cleaner. Learn more about homemade cleaners here.


Since we use the lavatory ever day, it's important to have a durable piece. Brass has thicker gauges which can last longer. It is important to note, though, that brass can be scratched easily. 

Maintenance: Remove stains and tarnish by finding a quality commercial brass polish.


Limestone comes in different colors, grains and textures. You can create a stylish sink by customizing it according to your bathroom style. This material however, may cost you because it is more expensive than other materials.

Maintenance: Avoid using vinegar or citrus-based cleaners because this might stain your material and ruin its color.


Fireclay is a good choice as it is known to withstand high temperatures. It is made from clay and a few amounts of feldspar, making it heavy duty.

Maintenance: Use a damp cloth and slowly wipe your sink with a mild abrasive cleaner.

Vitreous China

Similar to fireclay, Vitreous China is non-porous and also made from clay. It is durable and easy to clean, but sensitive to heat.

Maintenance: Do not use mild abrasive cleaners because it might leave stains on your material.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

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