Kitchen Sinks are available in many different Materials, Shapes and Sizes
By Mark J. Donovan
||The Kitchen sink is command central in a kitchen. It is arguably the most import item in the kitchen. Kitchen sinks are where we clean and prepare food, and where we clean pots and pans, and dishes.
There are many kitchen sinks to choose from when remodeling your kitchen. Kitchen sinks come in many shapes and sizes and they are made from numerous materials. In the subsequent sections of this article I attempt to cover the majority of kitchen sink options and the benefits of each.
Kitchen sinks can be classified in several major styles. The major styles include:
Self-rimming / Flush Mounted Kitchen Sinks
These types of sinks literally sit on top of the countertop. They have a rolled edge that sits flush with the countertop when in place. Self-rimming / flush mounted kitchen sinks are some of the most popular kitchen sinks styles as they are relatively inexpensive.
Integral Kitchen Sinks
Integral sinks are kitchen sinks and countertops that are constructed out of the same material. Integral kitchen sinks have no visible surface seams. Integral kitchen sinks are usually more expensive, due to the material they are constructed out of, however they provide for an extremely modern look.
|Rimmed Kitchen Sinks
Rimmed kitchen sinks use a narrow flat metal strip to secure the sink to the countertop.
Tile-In Kitchen Sinks
Tile kitchen sinks are usually used with tile countertops. The tile-in kitchen sink is often designed to create a seamless connection with the tile countertop.
Undermounted Kitchen Sinks
Undermounted kitchen sinks have been increasing in popularity, particularly on higher end kitchen remodeling projects. As the name suggests, the kitchen sink mounts on the underside of the kitchen countertop to create a smooth appearance. Undermounted kitchen sinks are ideal for kitchen work, as there is no kitchen sink /countertop surface seam to trap water or food crumbs.
Kitchen sinks are also made from numerous materials
Standard Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
Stainless steel kitchen sinks have been extremely popular for years. They are resistant to corrosion, dents and dings, particularly the heavier gauge ones, and they come in many different sizes and shapes. They are however noisy.
Soapstone Kitchen Sinks
Soapstone kitchen sinks have been increasing in popularity due to their durability and attractive appearance. They are also bacteria resistant, completely non-porous and do not require sealants. You frequently see soapstone kitchen sinks use in integral kitchen sink/countertop applications.
They are available in many different colors. The one concern with them is that there is a higher risk of glass breakage due to their density and rigidity.
Enameled Steel Kitchen Sinks
Enameled steel kitchen sinks can provide an elegant look and are easy to clean. They are typically amounted above the counter. When selecting an enameled sink it is best to purchase one with a heavy enamel coating to reduce the risk of chipping. Enameled kitchen sinks are moderately priced.
Kitchen Sink Shapes and Sizes
The standard kitchen sink size is 22 x 30 inches however kitchen sinks come in many different shapes and sizes. Most common are 2 bowl sinks however there are single bowl and triple bowl options as well.
Besides your common double bowl sink, there are single bowl bar sinks and gourmet sinks. There are also deep kitchen preparation sinks and apron front sinks, all of which come in different sizes, shapes, and materials.
When selecting a kitchen sink make sure you check with your kitchen designer on whether the style of the sink, and the material it is made of, is appropriate with your countertop selection. You choice of countertops can affect your kitchen sink choices.
The task of selecting a kitchen sink is almost endless so make sure you shop around before purchasing one.
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