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What do I need to know before purchasing a concrete basin?

Concrete basins are becoming more popular in showrooms, and have been talked about in bathroom idea articles, especially with the minimalistic or nature-themed bathroom renovations. There are some things that you need to consider when considering having a concrete sink or basin in your house.

Let's go through some of the things that you should know before you decide that you want to have a nice concrete basin in your bathroom

Concrete Basins are imperfect

You'll notice that the photos look really nice and have a rustic feel to them because concrete is not a perfect material it means that you'll see obvious imperfections.

 Some of the imperfections that you should know about before choosing a concrete basin are the air bubbles and join lines, sometimes even the sealant has streaks.

Is Concrete Waterproof?

Concrete is actually a porous surface which means that even though it's technically waterproof what will happen is that water will stay in the pores of the concrete and start to erode the concrete slowly, this would mean that over time small granules and debris will start to come off the concrete.

 What else might happen is that the pores might lead to water eventually seeping through the concrete and ending up on your wooden bench or tabletop and eventually mould the area if the bench is not sealed or waterproof. If you're working with DIY concrete make sure you find a sealer.

How do we make the concrete waterproof?

To make the concrete vanity or stone wash basins waterproof we need to go through a process of sealing the concrete, this is the first thing that you should check with the supplier on any concrete products, whether it's a benchtop or a basin, the concrete must be sealed. Over time this sealant might erode and you might need to reseal the concrete but it should last a very long time. The sealant will cover the pores and make it harder for water to seep through and rot or mould your benchtop.

What colour is concrete?

Concrete is generally handmade and manufactured in a shade of grey, the consistency and shade of grey is really dependant on the materials used in production, some might choose a finer and more consistent colour to make it look an even shade of light grey and dark grey, other designers or manufacturers might choose to have different shades of natural stone or white concrete or sizes which gives it a more rough appearance. The actual colour of a product compared to the photo might be significantly different because it's hard to keep the manufacturing process exactly the same in every production run.

What else do I need to consider?

When you have decided that you're going with a concrete basin as your bathroom basin, you need to consider the costs involved and finding a vanity top that suits. There are vanity units that have been built for the purpose of having an on-counter basin, which is what most concrete basins are.

If you're going for the on counter basin then in terms of tapware you need to make sure that you're choosing a hi-rise basin mixer which needs to have a spout that is able to reach above the height of the basin. The thing with on counter basins is that you need to make sure there is enough bench space in the area for things such as towel rails, soap dish or soap dispensers.

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