Sinks have an important function within homes and business premises, but they can also provide a spectacular focal point. As well as considering aesthetics and size, it’s useful to check the gauge when shopping for a bathroom or kitchen sink. The gauge of the material, for example, stainless steel or copper, is a measurement of its thickness. In this guide to 14 gauge sinks, we’ll explain the difference between 14 gauge sinks and other types of sinks, highlight the benefits and provide information about our fabulous collection of CopperSmith 14 gauge sinks.
What does the gauge mean?
If you’ve been looking at different sinks for your home, or you’re renovating the bathroom in your business premises, you may have come across the word gauge. The gauge is the scale used to measure the thickness of metals, such as copper and stainless steel. The lower the number, the thicker the metal. In the case of a copper sink, a 14 gauge sink will be thicker and contain more copper per square foot than a 16 or 18 gauge sink.
The thickness of the material should be a critical consideration for all buyers looking to purchase a new kitchen or bathroom sink. Investing in a sink that has a lower gauge offers multiple benefits, including enhanced quality and durability. Thicker metal is less likely to dent and show signs of wear and tear, providing you with a sink that will look incredible for years to come and stand the test of time.
What is a 14 gauge sink?
There are lots of factors to consider when shopping for a new sink. It’s tempting to get carried away with design features, colors, shape, size and materials, but it’s hugely beneficial to take the time to check the gauge of the sink.
The gauge provides information about the thickness of the metal. The smaller the number, the thicker the metal. A 14 gauge copper sink is thicker and more robust than a 16 gauge sink. The lower number means that the sink has higher copper content. At CopperSmith, we offer a fantastic range of 14 gauge copper sinks, which are 33% thicker than 16 gauge sinks.
The gauge of the metal impacts its function and application. The thinnest copper (32-36 gauge) is used for electrical wiring and tooling foil. Thicker copper, for example, 20-26 gauge copper can be used for art projects, making jewelry and creating hoods and backsplashes. The thickest copper, 16 and 14 gauge copper, is ideal for kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Why is the gauge important when buying a sink?
It is important to check the gauge when buying a sink to ensure you buy a high-quality product, which will last. Sinks with a low gauge number are thicker and more durable than those with a high gauge number, meaning that customers can enjoy better quality and value for money.
It is particularly important to consider the thickness of the metal when browsing copper sinks for kitchens and bathrooms. This is because copper is a relatively soft metal. This means that it can dent and scratch more easily than stronger, harder metals. Buying a 14 gauge copper sink is preferable to choosing a 16 or 18 gauge copper sink, as it will last longer and it will also be more resistant to scratches, marks and dents.
At CopperSmith, we strongly recommend buying 14 or 16 gauge copper sinks and avoiding copper sinks with a higher gauge, as they are prone to wear and tear. If the metal is thin, there is a higher risk of damage during shipping and transportation and you may find that you scratch or dent the metal when scrubbing plates or using heavy-duty pans. Opting for a smaller gauge number will enable you to take advantage of a higher-quality sink that will last longer.
What are the benefits of a 14 gauge sink?
At CopperSmith, we provide an array of stainless steel, brass and copper sinks. Buying a 14 gauge sink offers several benefits, including:
Durability is one of the most significant advantages of buying a 14 gauge sink rather than a 16 or 18 gauge sink, particularly if you are looking at copper sinks for your kitchen or bathroom. Opting for 14 gauge copper sinks will increase the lifespan of the sink, meaning that it will last for longer. Enhanced durability and toughness will also reduce the risk of damage, increasing reliability and improving performance levels and function.
2. Value for money
Buying a sink that will last for years enables customers to enjoy better value for money. It may seem like a good idea to buy an inexpensive sink if you’re remodeling your kitchen or buying sinks for the bathrooms in a bar, restaurant or hotel, but this is not always the best option. Cheaper materials and thin metals are not as durable and hard-wearing as thicker metals. This may mean that you have to replace them multiple times rather than making a single purchase if you choose a high-quality 14 gauge sink. In the long term, a 14 gauge sink often represents a much more cost-effective solution. Always try to prioritize value for money over cost when comparing prices. This is particularly important if you plan to use your sink a lot, for example, you’re buying sinks for bathrooms in business premises.
3. Scratch and dent resistant
Scratches, dents and marks can detract from the beautiful aesthetic of a stainless steel, brass or copper sink and they can also impact functionality. If your sink is damaged, it may not work properly and the damage may get worse over time. Indentations and stains are also unsightly. Buying a 14 gauge sink reduces the risk of scratches and dents, as the metal is thicker and more resistant to damage. You can preserve the flawless finish for longer and enjoy optimum performance levels.
4. Enhanced aesthetics
Our copper, brass and stainless steel sinks can steal the show in any bathroom or kitchen thanks to stunning design features and the quality of the metal. If you choose a 14 gauge sink, you can take advantage of enhanced aesthetics and longevity. Your sink will look luxurious and pristine for years to come.
Our 14 gauge sinks
At CopperSmith, we pride ourselves on offering customers the best quality sinks. Catering to homeowners, designers and business owners, we stock an extensive selection of sinks for kitchens, bathrooms and commercial premises. Whether you’re searching for something understated, classic and chic, or you’re eager to make a bold statement and turn heads, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect sink at CopperSmith.
Our collection of 14 gauge sinks features:
- Kitchen sinks
- Bathroom sinks
- Bar sinks
- Commercial sinks
- Copper sinks
- Stainless steel sinks
- Brass sinks
Our copper and stainless steel sinks are available in 14 and 16 gauge copper and steel. We also offer a selection of 14 gauge brass sinks.
We provide the following mount options:
Our range of 14 gauge sinks caters to all trends and styles and includes:
- Single bowl
- Double bowl
- Rounded sinks
- Workstation sinks
Sink styles to suit every space
We provide sinks for all kinds of properties and spaces. Our collection of bathroom and kitchen sinks covers everything from contemporary bars and ultra-modern en suites to vintage bathrooms and traditional, rustic farmhouse kitchens. Our 14 gauge sinks come in a range of finishes to enable customers to customize the design to suit their taste and style.
Our 14 gauge sinks are available in the following finishes:
- Aged brass
- Burnished brass
- Blackened brass
- Natural brass
- Polished brass
- Aged copper
- Fire copper
- Natural copper
- Polished copper
- Red fire copper
- Rustic copper
- Verde copper
- Weather copper
- Polished stainless steel
- Brushed stainless steel
- Natural stainless steel
You can check the gauge options available for your chosen sink using the drop-down menu on the ‘Gauge’ tab once you have selected the finish. Some types of sinks may only be available in 16 gauge.
Why buy a copper sink?
Our 14 gauge copper sinks are a popular choice for homes and commercial premises. If you’re considering buying a copper sink, but you’re not sure whether to take the plunge, here are some fantastic reasons to choose a CopperSmith copper sink:
- Visual appeal
If somebody asked you to describe a sink, what colors would you use? Most of us are familiar with standard gray or white sinks. Our copper sinks offer something different, adding visual appeal to kitchens and bathrooms. Make your sink stand out, add vibrancy, and design a unique space. Whether you’re passionate about creating a stylish home, or you’re eager to put your business on the map with stunning, distinctive features and focal points, a copper sink is an exquisite addition.
- Health and hygiene
One of the reasons why copper is a popular option for making sinks is its natural cleaning abilities. Copper has antimicrobial properties, which promote health and hygiene at home and in public spaces.
- Simple, stress-free cleaning
Copper sinks are an excellent choice for homes and commercial properties because they are easy and quick to clean. All you need to do to restore the beautiful sheen and flawless finish is wipe the surfaces of your sink and bowl with a damp cloth and soapy water.
Copper sinks are durable. They are designed to last for many years, offering high performance levels and value for money.
- Stain resistance
We use our sinks daily to clean plates, pots and pans. It’s very common to end up with a dirty sink after you’ve been cooking, baking or doing creative activities with the kids. The good news about copper sinks is that they don’t stain. You can wipe away traces of pasta sauce, coffee or soup in an instant with no concerns about staining the metal.
Which 14 gauge sink is right for me?
If you’re on the hunt for a 14 gauge sink, here are some steps to take to find the perfect sink for your home or commercial bathroom or kitchen:
- Choose a style that suits your design plan
We have a wide range of sink styles available to suit every taste. Consider your design plan, the trends and themes you like and the kind of look you want to create to help you find an ideal match. Our collection comprises traditional, rustic and contemporary designs.
- Explore different finishes
Our 14 gauge sinks come in an expansive selection of finishes, offering customers the option to customize their sink. It’s wise to think about aesthetics and functionality when choosing a finish.
- Consider the size and shape
Finding the right size sink is critical when designing a bathroom or kitchen. You want to ensure that there is sufficient space to carry out tasks and jobs while also making the most of the space you have available in the room. If you’re using a sink to wash up in a large family kitchen, for example, you’ll need plenty of space within the bowl to clean pots and pans. If you’re buying a sink for a bijou bathroom, it’s best to go for a small sink, which fits the shape of the room.
- Research costs
The cost of 14 gauge sinks varies according to the size, style and finish. If you have a budget, opt for designs that fit within your price range. We offer free quotes and custom design recommendations. If you’d like to compare prices for different sinks, or you have a set budget and you’d like advice about which styles would suit you best, our experienced team is here to help. We can provide quotes within 24 hours (from Monday to Friday), discuss customization options and offer personalized recommendations.
To get a quote for a 14 gauge sink, simply click here. You can also contact us via telephone or email for more information, help or advice.
Kitchen and bathroom sinks can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room while also providing a dedicated area for cleaning and washing. If you’re looking to buy a sink, it’s important to check the gauge of the metal as well as exploring design options and shapes and sizes. A 14 gauge sink is made using thick, durable, robust metal, which is built to last. Investing in a 14 gauge copper sink is an excellent way to make a design statement while ensuring value for money, functionality, practicality and longevity.