Traditionally, basins, also known as washbasins, are white, semi-circular in shape and are placed on a column for the bathroom basin, or built into a cabinet for the kitchen. These basins are generally made of porcelain, stoneware or marble for the bathroom basins and stainless steel for the kitchen. These materials are fragile, it only takes a shock to break, damage or scratch it, which will result in the need to replace it with a new basin or a new washbasin top. Vascoplan works with synthetic resin known as Solid Surface, a material that can be repaired at low cost. Krion® and Corian® are the two leading brands in the Solid Surface market with which Vascoplan manufactures its washbasins and vanity tops.
There are two main types of washbasins, freestanding and built-in. With the double washbasin unit, two washbasins are integrated into the unit, allowing two people to get ready, brush their teeth, a perfect choice for couples and large families.
A freestanding washbasin countertop is hung with fixing brackets, which saves storage space compared to pedestal washbasin countertops. It is possible to combine the freestanding washbasin countertop with a shelf of the same size, colour and also made of Solid Surface to gain storage space and aesthetics. The basin top can be thermoformed, which means that the Solid Surface plate is heated to take the desired shape. The shape can be traditional, such as a square, which is the case with the AGATE basin in KRION®, round, rectangular or custom-made. Indeed, custom-made is possible with this manufacturing technique
Then the basin can also be glued to the top with an adhesive of the same material as the top and the basin, as is the case for the MOOREA basin from Vascoplan. The benefits of these two techniques are that in the first case, there are no joints with shallow basins and in the second case, the joints are invisible with basins that are deeper. It is also possible to have inclined washbasins like the HOEDIC washbasin, which will make your bathroom stand out from the crowd.
The main difference between the built-in and freestanding washbasin units is that the former is part of a floor-mounted unit, whereas the latter is placed directly on the wall. As with freestanding units, built-in washbasins are aesthetically pleasing and provide more storage space. The furniture in which the washbasin top is fitted is not necessarily made of the same material, which allows you to play with the style of the room and also with the colours. Thermoforming and gluing are also the two manufacturing techniques for these washbasin tops. The furniture can also be placed on the floor or hung on the wall, it's up to you to make your choice according to your preferences.
The basins can be built-in, suspended, semi-recessed or free-standing. The basin itself can be thermoformed or glued.
A wall-hung basin is hung with fixing brackets like a freestanding washbasin, but this time there is less storage space around the basin. It is possible to combine the wall-hung basin with a shelf of the same size, colour and also made of Solid Surface to gain storage space and aesthetics, it will be placed either below the basin or above. With wall hung basins, there are no limits on design and especially on the choice of shape and colour.
Free-standing basins are basins that are, as the name suggests, placed directly on a piece of furniture. This basin has several advantages since it can be fixed on any surface and that compared to a built-in basin it will not reduce the space inside the furniture. You should not forget to take into account the height of the basin when installing it so that it is not too high for children, for example.