Choosing Your Kitchen Sink
How To Choose The Right Type Of Sink For Your Home
Kitchen sinks are typically made from stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces, and composites. For clients who choose solid surface counters like granite or engineered stone, stainless steel sinks are recommended because of its under-mount capability. Also if homeowners tend to be hard on sinks ( if they're prone to throwing things into their sink), stainless is often the best choice. When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. Some people find stainless steel sinks noisy, but that's a problem that can be addressed by choosing a design featuring sound-absorption technology.
Once the standard in kitchen sinks, enamel-coated cast iron still has a place in today's kitchen. They're probably the prettiest of all the sinks on the market today. However, keep in mind that enamel can scratch and wear over time, which may not make this sink the best choice.
If ease of cleanup is important, a solid surface sink that's an integral part of a countertop is the option to investigate.
Even with the under mount sink, you've still got that joint between the countertop and the underside. Solid surface sinks create a much smoother clean up area to deal with. While minor scratches can be buffed out of a solid surface sink, the material is prone to chip, and transferring hot pots and pans directly from the cooktop to the sink can damage solid surfaces.
Composite sinks, a newer style of sink, are another option for kitchens. There are several types of composite sinks on the market, with polyester/acrylic being just one of them. However, polyester/acrylic sinks aren't as durable as other sink options and drop-in sinks can be more difficult to clean.
NUMBER OF SINKS
Traditionally, most kitchens feature a double-bowl sink.
Homeowners still hand wash large pots, pans and baking sheets, so at least one over sized sink bowl. If space is an issue and double bowls are a must, an over sized bowl and a small bowl combination should be adequate. If space isn't an issue, one oversized and one standard sized bowl.
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