What materials suits your style? Once you've nailed down your configuration, next up will be deciding on the material you'd like for your kitchen sink. Stone sinks, especially granite, are extremely popular and the ultimate in long-lasting luxury. Hand carved by a stone artisan from a single block of granite, marble, limestone, travertine or onyx, a stone kitchen sink is a treasure you'll cherish each time you use it.
The kitchen sink for years has had a specified purpose with the most simplest and generic design. Typically it is made from porcelain (a non-porous ceramic glaze) for home, and are metal based for industries like the restaurant business. It has the structure of a rectangular receptacle sectioned into two square and rounded edged basins, to allow for things like 'dish-duty' and hygiene (washing hair). Parents often use the kitchen sink when it is bath time for their infant. It provides for better efficiency at such a task due to it's limited space. A traditional bathtub may prove too dangerous for infants and toddlers.
The second most utilized material is a solid surface kitchen sink which can quickly be either under-mounted or surface-mounted and is also available in a wider range of options than stainless steel for instance. Solid surface materials have grown in popularity in the last few years and are now available in a wide range of color to help you match your kitchen counter tops. While solid surface sinks are not totally scratch-proof they can resist most scratches and when you do get one it is typically able to be buffed out. Additional benefits include being resistant to both heat and stains.
By far the most important thing that you have to consider when selecting a kitchen sink is its size. Take into consideration everything else in your kitchen such as the appliances, the countertop, and the cabinetry. If you have a smaller kitchen then the sink has to be just the right size as to not overtake valuable countertop space. On the other hand, some people would prefer to have a larger kitchen and don't mind the space that it might take up.
Stainless steel sinks are also very popular, particularly with professional cooks, though copper sinks - notably the farmhouse style - are gaining in popularity, at least in part due to the appealing warmth of the natural patina copper develops as it ages. Kitchen sinks made of artisan materials, though not yet as well-known as copper, stainless and stone, are all on the upswing. Examples are fireclay kitchen sinks, which are often made in the farm style, and cast concrete sinks. Cast concrete in particular allows the artisan to create an amazing array of styles: single well, double well, trough, combined sink and draining board units, countertops with integrated sinks and the farm style, along with unusual shapes. This newer material brings one more element into the design mix - the green kitchen sink. By combining recycled materials with the concrete, artisans can lessen both the environmental impact and the weight of the finished sink.
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