Kitchen Sinks – Things To Consider When Selecting
Kitchen sinks are probably the one thing in the kitchen that you will use most often, yet they usually end up low priority in any DIY kitchen remodel because they are purely functional. Make sure that you give due attention to the type of sink you will get when renovating your kitchen.
The things to consider when selecting a sink are material, shape and mounting style. The most common materials for sinks are stainless steel, porcelain, solid-surface materials and acrylic; each of these has its own set of advantages and drawbacks. Stainless steel sinks are easily to clean and mount, but scratch easily, amplify the sounds of the garbage disposal and running water and can dent when heavy objects such as cast-iron pots are dropped on them.
Porcelain sinks are actually just a porcelain coating over a base of metal such as cast iron; like stainless steel sinks, they can also stain and chip. Acrylic kitchen sinks, unlike the first two types of sinks, do resist stains and can even have ‘germ-fighting’ properties; however, they are less resistant to heat than other materials. Solid surface countertops are made mainly of plastic but can be designed to look like slate, marble or granite; because of their composition they have superior stain resistant properties and can also withstand heavy impacts.
There are many design options when selecting the shape of your sinks. The most common shape is the double-bowl design, although recently, a three-bowl shape has become popular – two large bowls for daily use and a third, smaller, one for the garbage disposal. You can also have sinks that are extra-deep for more flexibility in function, i.e. giving your baby a bath. Finally, options for mounting your sink are above the countertop, below its surface or level with it.
Top-mounted sinks are easier to install, but because the sink has a lip that rests on the counter, cleaning stains is more difficult; under-mounted sinks, on the other hand, are time-consuming to install, but may be worth the trouble as cleaning is easier and their look is easier to integrate with the rest of the kitchen. When you’re undertaking your DIY kitchen remodel, be sure that you pick your kitchen sinks carefully.