Fireclay sinks are a premium kitchen design choice that gives a beautiful and timeless appearance. They are an excellent option for homeowners looking to achieve a rustic feel while keeping appliances durable and long lasting.
Fireclay is a beautiful material and finished product, but not always perfect. It depends on the kitchen design, budget, and other limitations. Every project is different.
Here are some new offerings from Latoscana by Paini as well as some of the basic information for those looking to learn more.
New fireclay sinks by Latoscana
Here you can see the “Marmorin 33” Apron Kitchen Sink – one of the new offerings coming from Latoscana.
What is a fireclay sink?
A fireclay sink is a ceramic sink made from molding and then super heating clay shapes. The hand made nature of the sinks allow for a wider offering of sizes, shapes, and designs than you might usually see in other types of kitchen sinks.
How are they made?
The molded pieces are left to dry on a moderate heat for about 2 days until it is completely hard. From there, porcelain enamel is added and then reheated. The sink sits with the porcelain enamel for about 24 hours at heats around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit to let it bake and fuse.
The extreme temperature fuses the enamel to the ceramic and fortifies the sink, strengthening it for durability with regular use. These sinks are extremely durable against scratches and nicks. They’re also very easy to clean and highly stain resistant because of their hard finish.
Fireclay vs. Cast Iron Sinks
Though they are similar in appearance to cast iron sinks, clients often choose them because of their handcrafted nature. They look great in kitchens with a rustic theme. And really fit that “farmhouse” vibe.
Because of their handmade nature, they can be shaped into any size needed to fit the island or counter top, while cast iron sinks are pre-made and more limited in size options. If your manufacturer does not offer the size you need, there is no workaround with cast iron.
Limitations of fireclay sinks
The main limitation is the color choice. unlike stainless steel or granite options, your color choices are somewhat limited with fireclay sinks.
Latoscana has been increasing their offerings and you can now find fireclay sinks in colors like the classic white as well as gray, dark gray, and even blue shades.
Cleaning and maintenance
Because of the hard enamel surface, they’re highly resistant to scratches and dings from regular use. They’re highly stain resistant and easy to clean, too.
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