What type of Sink should I buy?
Today’s world of innovative products leaves buying decisions more complicated than ever. When selecting a kitchen sink, there are so many factors to consider. This blog post is going to explore all the considerations, from size, mounting style, and material to make your kitchen sink buying process more efficient.
When we first got into manufacturing sinks, finding the right size was critical. When stocking inventory, you do not want to carry too much, and the goal is to create a streamlined situation where you can offer your clients the highest value. We started the process by analyzing the different sizes that are currently readily available today. Single, double and triple bowls were everywhere, sizes ranging from 25” width x 18” depth x 7” height to 40” width x 25” depth x 10” height are scattered throughout different reputable companies selections. Systematically, we looked at the most liked sinks on Houzz, surveyed our customers, and did usability studies. Our research resulted in finding that a 33” width, 22” depth, and 9” height was the perfect kitchen sink size. That allows the sink to be compatible with almost all cabinetry, and modern home construction.
Our customers are always asking this question, “Do I want under mount or over-counter?” In the past, over-counter installation of sinks was standard. Many companies offer overlay kitchen sinks, but our research has found these to be the best fit for customers looking to find a very cost effective solution to a kitchen remodels. Undercounter installation is best done when the kitchen counter tops are being replaced, or you can make a new fresh cut that is larger than the original sink cut out. Undercounter installations are visually more appealing and all around easier to keep clean and offer less risk of corrosion. Typically, your can expect a slightly higher construction costs associated with this installation.
Kitchen sinks come in many different materials. Stainless steel, porcelain, stone, and copper are all popular among homeowners. Besides the obvious differences in looks, performance is a main feature of the material.
This is an excellent choice for those looking to invest in value and longevity. Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant and easy to clean. Be sure to invest in a heavy gauge sink to avoid easy denting, and never wash with abrasive cleaners or scratch pads as they will scratch the surface.
These sinks are constructed from cast iron core and are finished with baked-on porcelain. The finish is smooth and can be offered in a variety of colors. The downside is cracking, chipping and all around longevity. We recommend purchasing a porcelain sink from a reputable company that provides excellent warranties and money back guarantees.
This sink material has been growing in popularity in recent years. If you’re looking for something different, a stone finish can be the perfect choice for you! Typically stone sinks are carved from a single piece of rock, making them 100-300 lbs on average so you can expect high installation and shipping costs. Most companies advertise protecting the stone with a sealant or wax which leads one to believe that they do require some maintenance.
This material has been used since ancient times for its excellent corrosion resistance. Copper has a natural patina that develops when it comes in contact with the water. Different copper sink manufacturers have different finishes that they advertise. You can purchase fire hammered sinks, cold rolled sinks, or sealed finished sinks. Copper in itself is a living finish, and most of the top brands offer their sinks without a sealant to enjoy copper’s natural beauty and choose natural maintenance and care. Please comment below and help readers make the right sink buying decision!