When remodeling your kitchen or bathroom one of the foremost concerns is always the sink. What style and size do you need? What has the most visual appeal? And, of course, what can you afford? The answer to these questions and more are often influenced by another question, one often dismissed as an afterthought: What material will my sink need to be made out of? Choosing the sink material that best fits your needs is a crucial part of bathroom and kitchen remodeling and Abbott’s plumbing is here with a helpful guide on the pros and cons of possible choices.
A popular choice many homeowners select because of its clean, neutral appearance, stainless steel makes for a durable sink. The gauge, or thickness, of the steel determines a sink’s quality. A lower gauge means a thicker metal, and thus a better sink. Stainless steel is durable, long-lived, and relatively affordable sink material. However, thin gauges (those greater than 20) may bend and flex too much, they can scratch easily and the metal will show water and mineral spots if not cleaned after use.
Another very durable sink material, usually finished with shiny porcelain enamel that is fired at a high temperature, cast iron is always a solid choice for any kitchen remodeling. They’re available in a wide variety of colors and are easy to clean and keep up with. They also retain heat longer than other sinks, and are available in an easy to install “drop-in” style. Be wary though, the porcelain coating can chip away over time, which can cause the iron underside to rust. Cast iron sinks should never be cleaned with abrasive cleaners, which can dull their finish.
Acrylic makes for a very affordable sink material that is also stain resistant, and very easy to clean. Acrylic sinks are made from molded plastic, commonly reinforced with fiberglass and can help cut-costs on your kitchen remodeling. It’s also lightweight, and the any scratches can be easily sanded of polished out. However, they will not stand up to high temperatures, are very susceptible to damage from petroleum based products, and will not last as long as other options.
Most stone sinks are made from granite or soapstone, but they are also available in travertine, marble and onyx. These sinks are very heavy and require substantial support, but they are incredibly durable and stylish. They also deaden sound, so you won’t have to worry about the sound of pots and pans clanging about. Some stone types are very porous and require regular application of sealant.
There are, of course, many other sink materials available, to find out what kind of sink is best for your kitchen remodeling project, or for any other plumbing needs contact Abbott’s Plumbing today!
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