Do You Know The Different Types of Materials of Kitchen Sinks?
admin — Fri, 12/19/2008 - 00:09
The sink isn’t the first thing people think of when it's time for a kitchen remodel, but it’s an important upgrade. When you’re looking at your choices for cabinets and appliances, the sink is an afterthought. But, if you’re going to pay a bunch of a money, remember that the kitchen sink is probably going to be the most used out of every thing in the kitchen. Read more below!
Take into consideration the following when choosing a kitchen sink:
- Shape and color
- How the sink will be mounted
The material and color of the sink often is determined by the countertops, although they don’t have to be the same. Your choice of sink shape is based on the way you use your kitchen, and your most common tasks. Mounting style usually will be determined by what the material the countertops are going to be.
Stainless steel, acrylic, porcelein and solid-surface materials (a.k.a. composites) are the most common sink materials. Think about the qualities that are most important to you.
- Stainless steel sinks: easy to clean and install, and great value! Choose the gauge (thickness) of the material: A lower gauge number means it has thicker material, which should be quieter and sturdier.
- Porcelain sinks usually have porcelain coating over a base of cast iron or other metal. Buff Porcelain sinks to a shine, but be careful of chipping if you drop heavy things on it. Some stains can be hard to remove.
- Acrylic resists stains and is anti-microbial. However, Acrylic sinks aren't as resistant to heat as the other materials are.
- A solid-surface material comes in many colors to match countertops. They seem like granite and marble. The material isn’t scratch-proof; you can buff most scratches out easily. It is heat and stain-resistant.