Villeroy & Boch, a manufacturer of ceramic sinks since 1748, continues to be at the innovation forefront. This spring the TitanCeram sinks are in the spotlight. Why? The short answer is: they are beautiful and elegant; they are fashionable; they are durable and practical.
TitanCeram – as the name suggests – is a ceramic mixture with added titanium. For years this material has been used to make sturdy and durable kitchen dishes, now this material is also used in the manufacturing of sinks.
TitanCeram has many advantages over a classical ceramic sink: this material allows designing detailed, clear and sharp corners, straight walls, and precise contours. Walls can be thinner without compromising on sturdiness.
Secondly, TitanCeram, like all ceramic sinks, is heat-resistant. One can put a hot saucepan on it with complete peace of mind. The material is also highly scratch-proof and hygienic. Thanks to CeramicPlus surface refinement, the surface becomes lyophobic (fat/oil-repellent) and hydrophobic (water-repellent).
Price-wise TitanCeram is surely more expensive than standard ceramics, but generally no more than by a third.
Soon the new TitanCeram sink will be on display at the Aunman showroom. You can also find out about other Villeroy & Boch upgrades. For instance, a drain cover can now be added to the sink. This is very practical and allows to close off the sink drain, for example, when going away on holiday. In addition, it gives the sink a more aesthetic look. In addition to this, stainless steel strainers for two-bowl sinks are now available, which are perfectly suited for washing fruit and vegetables. Previously, these strainers were made of plastic. And if the mixer tap is in the way of a cupboard door or a window, there is an option for the tap to be easily pulled out of the way.
Villeroy & Boch sinks are no longer just white or dark gray. For example, a sun-yellow and midnight-blue sinks can bring bright and bold colors into the kitchen. For those who would like a sink with a delicate silk patterned curtain-like feel – this is also possible.
What to consider when purchasing a ceramic sink for the kitchen or the bathroom
Villeroy & Boch project manager Mihkel Tamm gives some suggestions on what to keep in mind once you have opted for a ceramic sink.
- The Villeroy & Boch ceramic kitchen sink offers, depending on the line, three ways of installation: it can be dipped into the worktop in such a way that the edges are resting on the worktop, or the edge of the worktop is cut to shape so that the sink is in line with the worktop. The third option is to install the sink below the worktop. In all three cases, the hole for the sink should not be cut until the sink is available – the hole should be cut to fit. Although the moulds at the factory have exact measurements, this is a “living” material: every sink “shrinks” a bit in the oven.
- Everything at home has its place. Often, people see a sink from a good quality brand at a good price, buy it, and install it in the kitchen. Later they are disappointed when the sink begins to crack after some use. Then it turns out that the kitchen was fitted with a bathroom sink that was not suitable for kitchen use. Kitchen sinks are made of a stronger material and their surface undergoes additional refinement.
- Technically, you can drill the hole for the mixer tap in your ceramic sink yourself, however, it not advised to do so, as there is a high risk of damaging the sink while doing that. Therefore, you should think this through in advance and mention, when ordering the sink, where the mixer tap is planned to be installed.
- To clean the ceramic sink, all you need is a damp cloth and a conventional dishwashing detergent. Abrasive cleaning agents should be avoided.