For anyone who is considering a new or refashioned kitchen, there are dozens of decisions to make. A very important part of kitchen is a kitchen sink. But not a lot of thought is put when it comes to choosing the kitchen sink material. Stainless steel by far is the most popular choice for kitchen sink. But there are many types of kitchen sink material, shapes and sizes. So if you are planning to remodel you kitchen or design a totally new one, it is always good to conduct a little research before freezing the decision.
Types of kitchen sink material
Every kitchen sink material has its pros and cons. The type of material that you select for your kitchen sink should depend on below variables:
- Look of the kitchen you want
- Degree of your maintenance preferences
- Budget constraint
Stainless steel is the most preferred material for kitchen sink. It is long lasting and durable. Under regular care it remains attractive for many years. It is easy to clean and does not require any special cleaning material. It is also resistant to chipping and staining. A stainless steel sink is inexpensive and fits the style of almost any kitchen look.
There are few downsides of a stainless steel sink. It is very noisy and easy to dent. Also with continued use, fine scratches appear on a stainless steel sink. (Picture Source: www.eneverdesign.com)
Porcelain-coated or enamel finished cast iron sink is quite durable and has an attractive appearance that fits well with any kitchen style. Cast iron sink is composed of two layers: a foundation layer and a thick enamel top layer. The foundation layer is heavy and made up of iron alloy. Cast iron sinks are very sustainable as they are made from high percentage- usually 80% or more of recycled iron. The thick enamel layer at the top makes the sink non-porous, stain resistant and easy to clean. It is also available in plenty of colors and styles.
The downside of cast iron kitchen sink is that it is quite heavy and requires firm support. So make sure that your sink cabinets are structurally tough and provide adequate support to the sink. (Picture Source: www.kitchenmaking.com)
As the name suggests, fire-clay sink is made from clay fired at a very high temperature. It is a very good choice for those who like white kitchen sink. It is durable, resistant to scratches, chipping and staining. It is also very easy to clean. Just soap and sponge would be enough to clean it up. The downside is that it is pricey and expensive compared to stainless steel sink. (Picture Source: www.howlerband.com)
Solid surface sinks are durable, attractive and easy to clean. If you are having a solid surface counter fabricated, you can have a matching or contrasting solid surface sink. It can be integrated into the counter-top for a smooth, streamlined appearance. Solid surface sinks are also available in self-rimming models for installation. (Picture Source: www.img.mdfyw.com)
If you are the type of person who prefers to go for unique and different stuff and not the conventional ones, then you should go for copper sink. Copper sinks are big on charm and are most popular for their aesthetic beauty. Copper metal has antimicrobial properties, which makes it an intelligent choice for kitchen sinks. In copper sinks, bacteria tend to die within a couple of hours. Another plus point about copper sinks is that they do not corrode over extensive usage or with time. This anti-rusting property of copper makes it an ideal choice for any sink.
But there are a few cons of copper sinks. Maintenance of copper sink is a time consuming and painstaking task. It is very important to dry copper sink after use to avoid water spot marks. Due to highly reactive nature of copper, the sink becomes dark over time. You have to perform regular cleaning and waxing to retain the shine of copper sink. Copper sinks are also more expensive than traditional sinks such as stainless steel or cast iron. (Picture Source: www.homydecor.com)
These are the newest of the kitchen sinks and are manufactured from a composite of materials such as acrylic, granite and quartz. They are available in a number of color options Composite sinks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be mounted above or below the counter. Composite sinks are good-looking, durable and don’t show water marks or scratches the way stainless steel sinks do. (Picture Source: www.wenatcheeworld.com)
Whichever kitchen sink you choose to install in your kitchen, consider your requirements and budget.
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