Bathroom Sinks: Picking the Right Material

Bathroom sinks or lavatories are now available in dazzling variety of materials. The one you choose may depend upon the style of your bathroom, the durability you require, or what will be required to maintain it. The majority that you see are made of vitreous china, fireclay or porcelain, which are all very similar. These sinks are made of clay that has been fired at high temperatures. Although they can chip or crack if a heavy object is dropped on them, they're durable and easy to clean. Additionally, they resist mildew, discoloration, and corrosion. DECOLAV offers a wide variety and style of vitreous china sinks in its Classically Redefined Collection.

A World of Materials

Stainless Steel

Bathroom lavatories or bathroom sinks made of metals such as stainless steel, brass of copper and are also durable and easy to clean, although spotting from hard water may be seen. The metal may come shiny smooth, hammered, or in a variety of other finishes, with a textured finish obscuring water spotting more than a smooth one. The Simply Stainless Collection from DECOLAV uses the highest quality stainless steel available on the market.

Cast iron sinks are coated with enamel and are available in wide range of colors, are durable, and easy to clean. Unfortunately, if the enamel surface becomes chipped, it can expose the cast iron beneath and lead to the development of rust.


Tempered glass bathroom sinks, as offered by DECOLAV’s Translucence Collection, are strong, durable, and easy to clean. Water spotting can be easily cleaned away, or the sinks can be etched to disguise any spotting that occurs. The sinks are available in a multitude of colors, and may be clear, opaque smoky, or swirled in design.


Natural stone lavatories are typically made of marble, granite, onyx or soapstone. Another choice is crushed stone mixed with plastic resins. Although these sinks are long lasting, they are heavy and may require extra support, in addition to periodic sealing. Composite sinks are made by mixing crushed minerals with acrylic resins and are a more costly choice.

Solid Surface

Solid surface bathroom sinks are constructed from baked resins sheets. These bathroom sinks can stand up to a lot of use and are easy to clean. DECOLAV’s Solid Surface Collection offers stylish choices that can even be used for ADA compatibility.


Although beautiful and unusual, wood bathroom sinks are generally not very practical. They're expensive and require extra care, such as cleaning and wiping down after each use, in addition to periodic waxing. These sinks are generally made from maple, oak, mahogany, birch, or teak and sealed with epoxy.

In the end, no matter the choice, it's important to pick a quality product from a company you can trust. DECOLAV offers a wide variety of high-quality bathroom lavatories to choose from.  If you would like more information on how DECOLAV can help you choose the right bathroom sink to make your bathroom more beautiful and functional, please visit today.