What is the difference between quartz and fireclay?
There are various materials used to make kitchen sinks. Especially when looking for something outside of typical stainless Steel. “Quartz sink” or “Titan Quartz sink” is a plastic composite, not a natural material. These plastic composites easily burn, stain and scratch when exposed to the everyday use of a kitchen sink. This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to accumulate. The result is an unsightly and unsanitary kitchen sink. Fireclay sinks on the other hand is handmade using its natural raw clay material. Its process in making involves molding a sink to desired size and placed in a kiln which is fired at high temperatures. Temperatures as high as 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, then cooled down. This provides durability for everyday use. Once cooled down the process similar process is conducted in creating special finishes followed by final layer of glaze which is also heated up at high temperatures and cooled down. This provides a smooth, clean, resistant and durable product.
Why do I need a specific basket strainer or disposal flange for my fireclay sink?
Some fireclay sinks models are made with a much thicker .. Due to the thickness of some fireclay models for superior durability it is required to have a longer screw when
How can I mount my Fireclay Sink?
Fireclay sinks can be installed in a few various ways, mainly 4 types. The most common being an undermount with exposed front apron. Based on customers personal preference the front apron can be either flush with the cabinets or slightly butted outward. Countertops can also be either flush with the edges of the sink or common method is having the countertop overlap the edges of the edges. Some other methods that can be done is a standard undermount without exposing the front apron for a clean look. Then there is also an above mount installation where the sink rests on top of the counter.
Are there installation instructions for installing a fireclay sink?
No. Because of the various installation choices and methods to complete an install by a builder, contractor or installer there are no standard instructions we have for fireclay sinks.
Are there any other accessories that are recommended when purchasing my Fireclay sink?
Because Whitehaus Collection Fireclay sinks are heavy, depending on sink size weigh can range up to 100 pounds. Having the proper support is important. Whitehaus Collection has a set of undermount sink support bars (WHUMSB) that makes the installation process easy and efficient for fireclay sinks.
Another related product that is helpful to have is a sink grid. Whitehaus Collection fireclay sinks normally offers customer made sink grids that help prevent any pots, pans, plates etc. from hitting or touching the bottom of the sink. As an additional measure in protection a sink grid is normally recommended.
Is my Whitehaus Fireclay Sink handmade?
Yes all Whitehaus Collection Fireclay Kitchen sinks are individually handmade. Sink sizes can vary and dimensions are approximate. We strongly recommend that your sink be supplied to your cabinetmaker prior to the fabrication of your kitchen cabinets and countertops. Cutouts are not to be made until they are checked against your sink.
I want to install a garbage disposal on my fireclay sink. Will this cause an issue with the integrity of the sink?
It is important to know that not all garbage disposals are suitable to be used for fireclay sinks. This includes three bolt pattern garbage disposal. If garbage disposal is not properly installed, i.e. overtightened or not leveled, it may lead to possible stress on the sink. If you are seeking to install a garbage disposal it is recommended to install a properly tested garbage disposal for fireclay sink with a snap on installation such Cycolnehaus WH007 1HP garbage disposal.
Do you have color sample chips/swatches of your other colors for fireclay sinks?
Yes we do have available finish chips/swatches of all available colors for fireclay sink. If you are interested in receiving a color sample to compare physically you may reach out directly and request the specific finish you are in need of.