Four Unbreakable Rules of
Buying A Glass Vessel Sink
by Valerie Mason
Love the look of a glass sink, but have no clue how to buy one? Their
intriguing varieties of colors, shapes and designs can make you pull out credit
card quicker than you can say crackled glass.
But before you make a purchase there are a few "rules" you should follow...
1. Know your sinks
How durable are these sinks? Not unbreakable, but sturdy because they are
"tempered". Tempered glass is regular glass that has been heated to a very high
temperature, and then quickly cooled. This procedure strengthens the glass,
making it 5-7 times stronger than regular glass.
Sink glass is also fairly thick, with typical thicknesses ranging from 1/8 inch
to 1/4 inch. You can go about your normal grooming habits such as brushing your
teeth, combing your hair, shaving, applying make-up, etc. without worrying about
Like the look of these "above the counter" glass sinks, but don't want glass?
Consider a porcelain vessel sink. You'll get the look without the worry.
2. Know your space
The most popular glass sinks are 15-20 inches in diameter... about the width
of your computer keyboard... and about 5-8 inches deep... about the length from
the base of your wrist to ring or middle finger.
Make sure that you have the appropriate amount of space to accommodate the
sink and accessories, plus maintain ample space away from the edge of the
counter and the wall so that the "fear of leaning on it factor" is no longer a
factor. 12-15 inches around the entire sink will do.
Don't have much space? Then try a pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks are sinks
that are pre-mounted on a space saving pedestal. Don't want to sacrifice floor
space? Try a wall mounted glass sink countertop. Both options will give you an
ultra modern sink while conserving space.
Have a large bathroom to fill? A glass vessel sink vanity can help consume
some space. You'll get a glass sink and a roomy counter that comes together.
3. Know your traffic
Since children have the uncanny ability to break things, you may want to
rethink putting a glass vessel sink in a young child's bathroom. Children over
age 10 tend to be more conscientious of their surroundings, and your glass sink
stands a greater chance of surviving. Likewise, your sink's shelf-life will be
greater with less foot traffic around it.
A guest bathroom or power room is well-suited for these sinks. You'll be able
express your style while impressing your neighbors, friends and family. And who
doesn't like to be respected for their exquisite taste? Most importantly, there
will be less traffic and less worry.
If you have a large family, a family with young children or one bathroom and
want the look of these glass sinks but realize that glass might not be the best
option, then consider a porcelain or copper vessel sink.
4. Know your budget
Prices can start as low as $50 to as high as $10,000. There could be many
reasons for the difference in pricing. Sinks can be factory made or custom made,
blown glass or fused glass, single layer or double layered glass.
Custom made and/or blown glass sinks are more expensive due to the time and
expertise involved in creating them. With custom made sinks, you'll communicate
one-on-one with the artist of your sink and you'll receive expert knowledge
about its creation and special maintenance requirements. The best part: no one
else will ever have a sink exactly like yours. This comes with an upscale price
of $1,000 or more.
Consider the sink's quality. Whether quality, customer service or knowledge,
sometimes you get what you pay for. Be careful of sinks that start at rock
bottom prices. They sometimes come without warranties, the sellers are not
knowledgeable about the sinks and they're simply quantity discounters and have
nothing more to offer than just a low price.
Valerie Mason is a home renovation enthusiast and has attempted (and
most times has succeeded with) her own do-it-yourself home improvement