The variety of kitchen sinks has increased dramatically over the past two decades and today’s homeowners enjoy a wide selection of colours, shapes and sizes. Durability is still the primary consideration when it comes to choosing the right kitchen sink. It is important that the sink withstands the wear and tear of daily living and handles heavy objects falling into it. An additional consideration is style and consumers are increasingly choosing sinks that complement their kitchen’s décor.
Kitchen sinks are primarily made from stainless steel, cast iron and fireclay and there are more exotic sinks crafted from glass, granite, marble, quartz and copper. The advantages of stainless steel are that it has excellent durability and high resistance to heat and stain, it is relatively inexpensive and there is a wide selection to choose from. The downside is that it shows water spots, has a tendency to easily scratch and wears with age.
A contemporary kitchen island with a round stainless steel sink. The roundness of the sink perfectly complements the unique curvature of the island. The countertop uses Caesarstone’s 6131 Bianco Drift, a choice that brings out the beauty of the wood-like furnishings.
Cast Iron is another popular choice for kitchen sinks. The sinks have a glossy enamel finish and are available in a variety of colours. The enamel is extremely study and is stain and scratch resistant. The sinks are easy to keep clean and they don’t show spotting from dried water. Best of all their finish doesn’t wear and they look their best for years. Their main drawback is weight. The iron sinks can weigh three times more than stainless steel ones, a factor that can complicate installation.
Finally, Fireclay sinks are made from ceramic clay and porcelain enamel that are fused together in a kiln fired at high temperatures. The sinks are renowned for their durability and easy maintenance. A popular style of Fireclay sinks is the farm sink or apron sink which is commonly found in country style kitchens. The major disadvantage of the sink is that it is often more expensive.
An apron kitchen sink. The front for the sink is left visible and the crisp whiteness of the heavy sink is complimented by the darker countertop.
When it comes to sink design, there are two major alternatives - the traditional top mount or the modern looking undermount. A top mounted sink is a sink that is placed on top of a hole in your countertop. The sink has a rim that gives it its finish and holds it in place and as a result the sinks are easier to install and are less expensive. The downfall of the sink is that debris can accumulate between the sink and the counter and this area is difficult to clean.
A transitional kitchen with a top mounted sink. The sink has a double basin that makes washing up easier. The palette of the kitchen is one of soft pastels and the countertop is a light grey.
A popular choice for modern kitchens is the undermount sink. The sink is mounted beneath the countertop and the edge of the countertop drops directly into the sink’s basin. It is rimless and thus has a cleaner and more sophisticated look. The sink is easier to clean since you can wipe waste directly into it and there are no groves in which food can get caught.
A modern kitchen with a square undermount sink. The sink is large and deep to facilitate easy clean-up. The sink blends in perfectly with the clean and elegant style of the kitchen. The countertop is made using Caesarstone’s 4001 Fresh Concrete, a choice that extenuates the contemporary feel of kitchen.
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