OUR GUIDE TO SELECTING A MATERIAL FOR YOUR NEW KITCHEN SINK
Choosing the right kitchen sink is very important when designing your new kitchen. Sinks are available in such a wide array of materials these days, how do you choose what is right for you? First, determine the overall look you are trying to achieve in your new kitchen. Is your style more traditional or very contemporary? Then, consider other factors, such as durability, functionality and aesthetics. Need some more information and a place to start? Here is our guide to selecting a material for your new kitchen sink.
1. Stainless Steel
By far, stainless steel is the most popular material for kitchen sinks. They are heat and stain resistant, which makes them very durable. They also provide a cohesive look if you choose stainless steel appliances for your kitchen. However, stainless steel sinks can scratch and show water marks, but these imperfections are less noticeable if you choose a brushed or satin finish, rather than a mirror finish.
Kohler Vault self-rimming apron front kitchen sink. Image courtesy Kohler, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
2. Natural Stone
Sinks made from natural stone such as marble, granite or soapstone are quite beautiful, but they are very heavy and require substantial support, so plan accordingly. They definitely create a unique look in a kitchen, so if you are looking for something extra-special, this may be the way to go.
Stone Forest New Haven Carrara marble farmhouse kitchen sink. Image courtesy Stone Forest, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
3. Cast Iron
Cast iron is extremely durable and is finished with porcelain enamel that gives it a sheen. A cast iron sink is typically at home in a more traditional kitchen and is available in a variety of colors. Be aware that the porcelain can chip over time, and these sinks are also weighty and require extra support during installation.
Kohler Whitehaven cast iron apron front kitchen sink. Image courtesy Kohler, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
Fireclay sinks are made from ceramic and are typically white or off-white. They are durable and come in either a glossy or matte finish, and the surface doesn't usually chip over time like a cast iron sink can.
Rohl Shaws Waterside single bowl bowed apron front fireclay kitchen sink. Image courtesy Rohl, available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
5. Copper or Bronze
7. Solid Surface
Still not sure what material you should choose for your new sink? Visit websites like Houzz to see more photos and save the ones that you like. Make sure you choose a material for your sink that works with the look of the cabinetry, countertops and backsplash you have selected for your new kitchen. Finally, ask your homebuilder about the durabiltiy of the material you are considering for your sink, and understand how to care for it properly so it stays looking new.