Making Your Sink A Focal Point In Your Kitchen Design
As you plan for your new kitchen, whether you are remodeling or building a custom home, weigh how each selection you make will fit within your overall design and your budget. Your kitchen sink should be a key element in your design, so it shouldn't be boring and simply utilitarian. Of course, your sink must be durable enough to withstand daily wear-and-tear, but it also needs to be visually appealing so that it serves as a focal point in your new kitchen. Not sure what is right for you? Read our guide to learn about the pros and cons of the 8 most popular materials for kitchen sinks.
1. Stainless Steel
By far, stainless steel is the most popular material for kitchen sinks. Stainless steel sinks are heat and stain resistant, which makes them very durable. They also offer 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.
2. Natural Stone
If you are looking for something extra-special, choose a natural stone sink. 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. With its unique look, a natural stone sink can be a focal point in your kitchen, but it will come with a hefty price tag.
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.
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.
5. Copper or Bronze
A copper sink can be a very special feature in a kitchen, but watch out, as they are typically very expensive. Copper does not rust, and it develops a lovely patina as time goes on. Another plus - a high quality copper sink is antimicrobial.
6. Composite Material
Composite sinks are made from crushed stone and a resin binder. Typically, granite or quartz is used during the manufacturing process, so these sinks are durable and don’t show scratches or water marks as some other materials do. Composite sinks are available in a variety of hues, so you can choose a sink that contrasts or blends with your countertop.
7. Solid Surface
Some manufacturers integrate sinks into their solid surface countertops for a seamless look. Solid surface sinks are easy to clean but they do tend to show scratches. This type of sink is typically found in contemporary-style kitchens.
Concrete sinks are custom made, so you can choose the shape and style that you prefer. They are distinctive in appearance and can be a focal point in a kitchen. They can also be integrated into the countertop for a seamless look. Remember, concrete sinks are very heavy and will require extra support.
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