Many older homes in Bergen County still have the original faucets, toilets, shower heads, and other plumbing fixtures installed by the builder. Like most contractor-grade components, those fixtures were probably designed to be strictly practical, with very little styling or decorative flair.
If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, the possibilities can be intoxicating. You have the ability to fully transform your space into whatever you wish, and that includes key fixtures like your bathroom sink. You need to take care, however, to make sure that your pie-in-the-sky dreams still match practical reality. You’re going to need to use that sink every day, after all, and as such it needs to be easy to use as well as aesthetically pleasing. After all, the simple pleasure of seeing and touching an attractive, well designed faucet is a little perk that can help brighten the day.
It helps if you have a basic idea of your bathroom sink options before you start the remodeling.
The Most Popular Types of Bathroom Sinks
- Self-Rimming Sinks. These are among the most common bathroom sinks, also called “drop-in” sinks. They fit inside a hole cut in your counter-top, with a rim extending past the edges of the hole and helping to support the sink itself. It benefits from being inexpensive to install, though the rim may not match your aesthetic vision.
- Pedestal Sinks. These are “stand-alone” models, mounted on their own stands which support the plumbing and drainage system. They can save a lot of space, and look great, but they often lack counter space to keep your toiletries on.
- Wall-Mounted Sinks. Wall-mounted sinks differ little from pedestal sinks, save that they’re mounted to the wall, with the piping hidden inside the wall. They improve legroom and work best in small bathrooms without a lot of space.
- Undermount Sinks. Undermount sinks are designed to fit beneath the countertop, or flush with them: allowing you to wipe up the counter easier without the lip of a self-rimming sink. That makes for an elegant combination of form and function, though it might not fit with your particular aesthetic design and they cost more to install than self-rimming sinks in many cases.
What to Remember When Choosing a Sink
Higher end plumbing fixtures can be pricey, but factor in how long most fixtures last and you’re only paying a few pennies or less per day. Plumbing fixture design has become much more consumer-driven. Companies must compete by offering an expanding variety of styles. Sink faucets with elegant finishes of bronze, brushed nickel, or brilliant brass can liven a bathroom and even speak to your personal aesthetic. Ergonomically correct handles are easier to use and more inviting to touch.
There are also practical reasons for replacing fixtures. With improvements in materials technology the interior seals of faucets and other fixtures are more resistant to mineral build up and corrosion that can cause leaks. Metal finishes are more durable and resistant to dulling from soap or detergent. Like we said, plumbing remodels in Teaneck and the surrounding areas are overwhelming, but that’s why we’re here to help.
In Teaneck, NJ and Bergen County, NJ, count on BZ Dependable for installing and maintaining bathroom sinks!