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.
As the material of the sink itself, most prefer to use stainless steel - a robust material that is not difficult to clean and simple to maintain. Another popular option is to use ceramic sinks, which offer many delightful colors and patterns that won't be too common for your sinks and taps. You will then have the make the choice of what kind of mounting surface you would like to have for your kitchen sinks and taps. You have the option of mounting your sink under the counter - so that it will be not visible - or the usual top of the counter placement. Another style you can consider is the Belfast sink, a big ceramic sink that has a traditional look and set beneath the work surface.
The range of kitchen sink materials on the market today are far more varied and diverse then they where even just a few years ago and much, much greater then 15-20 years ago when your kitchen was originally built. You need to make sure that you are educating yourself with all of the facts prior to picking out your kitchen sink to make sure that you are picking the one that is right for your kitchen, budget, and family. The kitchen sink is probably the most used item in the kitchen so a bad choice could be something you regret for years to come.
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 kitchen sinks is the most popular material for kitchen sinks today. Along with being easy to clean and install it come in a very wide range of prices. On the downside is that it can scratch, dent, and scold easily if not taken care of properly. Also it intensifies the sound of running water and the garbage disposal because it is not as good at deadening sound as some other materials are. If stainless steel is what you are going for make sure you check the gauge of the material. The lower the gauge of metal the thicker it is which will help minimize the downsides of stainless steel. One other option to look for in your next stainless steel kitchen sink that can help is an undercoating that further muffles sound.
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