When it’s time to remodel your bathroom, your thoughts immediately go to new décor, a new tub, and/or an updated sink and vanity area. A lot of people, right now, are choosing to remodel their bathroom vanities with vessel sinks. These beautiful fixtures have an attractive, modern, and even artsy feel. A vessel sink can make your bathroom feel like going to the spa when you wash your face.
If you’re remodeling, you’ve probably already picked out which sink and fixtures you want. You may even have figured out how much it will cost to open up the wall and refit the pipes so that you can install a wall-mounted faucet and hot and cold knobs. This is the fun part of remodeling. You get to be really creative as you find the right vanity options for your style.
However, there’s a tiny thing you might not have even considered, and it could change your whole experience of your newly remodeled bathroom. Can you think of what it is? It’s really quite small, but it governs how well your sink empties when you’re washing your hands or face. That’s right, we’re talking about your vessel sink drain.
Grid Drains Vs. Pop-Up Drains
Two popular styles rule the world of bathroom sink drains: grid drains and pop-up drains. A grid drain is just a cap over the opening of your drainpipe that’s perforated, usually with a series of round holes, though sometimes they’re square or diamond-shaped. Pop-up drains are the more traditional style for older bathroom sinks. They consist of a plug with a lever system that can be sealed to keep water in the sink and popped up to allow water to drain.
So, which type of vessel sink drain is better? Well, you’ll need to think about your requirements for using your sink, and you’ll need to take into account some considerations about your sink’s construction.
Your Needs and Your Drain
Do you find that you need to fill your sink up with water regularly? You might do this to wash your face or if you have clothing that you wash by hand. If you do, you should keep in mind that grid drains do not seal closed. If you want to hold water in your sink, you’ll need a drain plug that works with a grid drain if you go this route.
On the other hand, pop-up drains, while they do plug the drainpipe and allow you to fill the sink with water if you need to, also have a tendency to let a lot more material and debris, like hair, fibers, and skin flecks, pass through. A grid drain will trap large material and hair from entering your drainpipe, and this can prevent a clogged sink in the future.
Before you make your decision, think about how you’ll be using the sink. If you dye your hair in your bathroom and use the sink to rinse, you’ll be more successful with a grid drain, which won’t catch and pull your hair down into the pipes. If, on the other hand, you wash your delicates in your bathroom sink regularly, you may want a pop-up grid drain.
Drain Assembly Requirements and Materials
You may find that most of the bathroom vanities with vessel sinks that you see in other people’s homes and in restaurants or spas have grid drains. This is because pop-up drains require a lever system to pop the drain plug up so that it may let water empty out of the sink. With traditional sinks, this mechanism is attached to the faucet and is hidden from sight either in the sink or under the bathroom vanity counter.
Depending upon the vessel sink faucet you purchase, you may not have the ability to install a pop-up drain. Many of these faucets do not come equipped with the plunger and lever system that you push down to pop the drain plug up. You can find some faucets that are designed for pop-up drains, but most of the waterfall faucets and wall-mounted faucets will not accommodate a pop-up drain, and a grid drain may be your only option.
Whichever design you choose, think about the finish of the drain and how it will match the rest of your bathroom fixtures. Drains come in a huge variety of materials and finishes. You can get them in chrome, stainless steel, nickel, copper, brass, and other materials, too.
You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the drain to match your fittings. Remember, as you remodel your bathroom, that the devil lives in the details. The smallest thing, like the wrong drain could really get under your skin after a while. Take your time and choose the right one.
Content Provided By: Julia Ritzenthaler