How many of us give a thought to the kind of kitchen sinks we buy, or what kind of material it is made up of, and which type is perfect for our cooking space. Kitchen sinks come in a variety of materials, and each one has its own attributes and use. For the majority, kitchen sinks are bought as an accessory along with the rest of the kitchen equipment and fitted into a pre-designated area as a drainage system based on the design and kitchen layout. Many first-time sink shoppers can be overwhelmed with the variety of materials to choose from, and settle for ones that they have heard about or are more familiar with. A good insight into different kitchen sink materials can go a long way in choosing the one that’s best suite for your cooking.
Among the most popular of sinks, stainless steel sinks are used by almost 70% of all homes. They are beautiful, low on maintenance and also cheaper compared to other types of materials. Some of their major characteristics include; Stainless steel sinks are inexpensive, although designer ones can cost as much as ceramic or stone. Their versatility ensures that they can be installed in a myriad different ways; undermount, top mount, etc. These sinks come in different gauges. Majority of the household kitchen sinks fall between 18 and 20 gauge range. Lower gauge steel is considered heavy while higher gauge is light. Conventional wisdom argues that the heavier gauge sinks are sturdier, but this may not always hold true. It has been observed that the gauge rarely affects the overall quality of the sink. However, heavier gauges are a bit more resistant to denting and have a better shelf life. Stainless steel sinks are noisier compared to other types of materials. These sinks scratch easily, and show water spots more obviously, making it difficult to keep them meticulously clean. Stainless steel is very resistant to heat and staining.
Enamel sinks are simple, elegant and contemporary. They merge well with both traditional and modern homes. Enamel has been used in kitchens since decades. They are sturdy, long-lasting and can withstand rough usage. They are available in two versions: Enamel or cast iron which is lighter and enamel on steel which is cheaper. They also come in different vibrant colors These sinks are easier to clean and maintain. They don’t show water spots that easily. Enamel sinks are heavier and therefore might be difficult to install, and expensive than stainless steel Enamel sinks can however chip or crack easily. Composite is a mix of various different materials, mainly granite or quartz combined with a resin filler. The resultant material has the same features of real granite or quartz but without the associated durability issues. Composite sinks have a beautiful design and finish. Composite sinks are tough and resistant to scratches and stains They are also more durable and long lasting While there are plenty of options to choose from for kitchen sink materials, a kitchen designer will be able to give you greater insights into what works best for your cooking space.