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by Pei Wen Tan March 23, 2021 4 min read

Why you should install a fireclay sink

Are you about to embark on your kitchen renovation? There are many different decisions you will have to make throughout this process. From tiles, to appliances, to basins, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices for the best items to install in your kitchen.

Every product has a part to play in making your kitchen functional and aesthetic. You want it to look good, but also work well so that your everyday tasks are made easier and more efficient. You also have to consider the quality of your products and how long they will last.

As you weigh up options for what kind of basin to install in your home, one product rising in popularity is the fireclay sink. With incredibly durability, these products are guaranteed to last you a long time.

Many people don’t automatically envision a fireclay sink when they think of what basin to install in their kitchen. Stainless steel is a popular alternative that people tend to gravitate towards due to price and its common presence.

However, there are many reasons for you to choose fireclay sinks over other options when considering what kind of basin to install in your home – including the quality of the material, its durability, easy maintenance, and sleek design.

The products you install in your kitchen greatly impact the functionality of your home. These are items that you will be using multiple times daily so it is recommended that you choose your fittings and fixtures carefully to ensure that you don’t run into regrets in the future.

Quality of materials

A fireclay sink is created out of clay and glaze fusing together at the high temperature of around 1600 degrees. This creates a hard and durable ceramic material with more practical benefits, that looks almost identical to enameled cast iron.

With a fireclay sink, you can be sure that your basin is made of high quality materials. Unlike other alternatives on the market, it is handcrafted and offers a statement piece for your kitchen.

Fireclay sinks are not new, and have withstood the test of time, dating back to over two centuries ago. They were used predominantly in farmhouses due to their practicality and durability, and have found a new purpose in modern kitchens today.

While purchasing a fireclay sink may be more costly compared to its alternatives, the quality of its materials means that it will last for years and you are unlikely to have to shell out costs for its repair or replacement, so it may end up costing less in the long run.

If you are thinking of installing a fireclay sink, keep in mind that it is heavier than its alternatives. This contributes to its durability but means that you must have a sturdy area to place it.

Durability

The durability of a fireclay sink is one of its key benefits. The hard ceramic is coasted in a highly resistant glaze, making it resistant to acid and alkali and non-porous. It also doesn’t bear scratches and chips easily in comparison to other materials due to its weight and thickness. They are durable and most products have the warranty length to prove it.

If you’re concerned about your utensils such as knives scratching at the material of your basin, getting a fireclay sink may be the right decision for you. Dropping a heavy item into your basin will induce less panic when you are confident in the durability of the material.

Fireclay sinks are not accident prone so if you are, it’s definitely a great choice over alternatives like plain ceramic or stainless steel. If you’re still not sold, the material does not rust, fade, or discolour, so even after multiple years your fireclay sink will still look as good as the day you installed it.

Easy to maintain

Due to its durability, your fireclay sink will also be extremely easy to maintain. Due to its non-porous surface, it is not likely to get stained and thus you won’t have to worry about fixing any discolouration.

While your fireclay sink is quite resistant to scratches, it’s a good idea to limit the use of steel wool just in case. Although this material is easy to take care of in comparison to alternatives, as with any basin you should avoid leaving it dirty for an extended period of time.

Cleaning your fireclay sink is often as easy as giving it a wipe down. You can do this by giving a light scrub using a wet washcloth and a non-abrasive cleaner.

If you want your basin to look more polished, you can also purchase waxes to give it a shine, but this is not a necessity. If you’re looking for something that is low maintenance, a fireclay sink is a great option.

Heat resistant

The highly resistant glaze that your fireclay sink is coated in means that it is not susceptible to damage or will be impacted by high temperatures. With this in mind, you can utilise boiling water in your cooking without worrying about it impacting the integrity of your basin.

If you have used a stainless steel basin, you will have noticed that the material often makes a popping sound when it encounters hot water. With a fireclay sink, you won’t have to worry about this happening and can rest easy knowing that it is resistant to heat and will not be impacted. 

Handcrafted and stylish

If you’re looking for a statement piece, a fireclay sink can definitely add a unique touch to your home. These basins are handcrafted, so no two items are the same. Their aesthetic matches well with many different styles of interior design.

This minimalistic effect of a pure white fireclay sink elevates the look and feel of your kitchen and can help you achieve that magazine-worthy home.

Renovating your kitchen is a hefty task, and it can be tough deciding between all the options for fixtures and fittings. It’s a good idea to do your research on which items are of the best quality and will suit your home the best.

Pei Wen Tan
Pei Wen Tan

Pei Wen is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys writing about topics ranging from lifestyle to interior design. She has a keen interest in creating content that is informative and easily accessible, and enjoys continually expanding her knowledge in all areas.


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