Mineral Marble and Ceramic basins

Mineral Marble and Ceramic basins

With a broad range of choices to be made in any bathroom refurbishment, Robert Pattern, HiB Novum Category Manager, looks at the features of Mineral Marble and Ceramic basins.  

According to research by the BMA, 67% of people choose bathroom products based on them being needed for the bathroom as a practical space used by all the family (BMA, May 2022). So clearly usefulness and durability are key considerations when deciding which products will work best in their space. Each bathroom must have a basin and as one of the most frequently needed aspects of the room, they need to be robust enough to withstand continuous use while still looking fresh and stylish. 

For years, ceramic has been the reigning champion in the UK bathroom basins market, but the rise of mineral marble as a viable alternative has been a game-changer in recent years. At HiB, we’ve witnessed the developments in mineral marble technology first-hand and we’re excited to share how mineral marble has evolved into a fantastic choice for homeowners. 

Mineral marble
Mineral marble, also known as mineral composite, is made from dolomite stone and resin. The production of the material has come a long way since its introduction to the market. It’s no longer merely an imitation of natural stone, it has evolved into a material with particular properties and aesthetics.  

One of its most significant advantages is the wide range of design possibilities it offers. Mineral marble can be moulded into almost any shape or size, making it perfect for crafting modern and sleek basin designs that cater to various interior styles. This is something we’ve been working on at HiB, most recently with the launch of the Terra vessel basins, which offer a textured and coloured exterior in contrast with a smooth white interior, as well as the Dexter basin which offers a more timeless style. 

But what sets mineral marble apart is its non-porous nature. The material’s properties ensure the basin remains stain-free and easy to clean. This quality also makes it more hygienic, as it doesn’t harbour bacteria. The surface can also be cleaned using natural agents, which are less harmful to the environment.  

Mineral marble is also durable, resistant to chipping, scratching and fading. Its robustness ensures that it stands the test of time and reduces the need for replacements. In the unlikely event that the surface of the basin does get damaged, mineral marble can be repaired. 

Despite the revolution in mineral marble basins, there is a confidence and familiarity in ceramic held by the British public that is hard to ignore. Ceramic washbasins are tried and tested solutions that, with proper care, can be highly durable and resistant to scratches. Ceramic is hard-wearing and with the practical needs of the consumer paramount, many still want the reassurance of a ceramic basin for their home.  

At HiB we offer a strong range of ceramic vessel and washbasins and continue to invest in ceramic as a material for our basin ranges. The new Opia range offers three options of deep, stylish bowl, that when paired with a complementing countertop and brassware, create a sophisticated look. 

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