Buying a Kitchen Sink
If you just went on a shopping spree and bought everything but the kitchen sink, this article will help you
get that last item without sinking into the debts of despair.
The first source of despair you need to avoid is buying the wrong-sized sink and
you’ll have to take precise measurements of the available space you have for it. Even if you have a crush
on your sink salesman and want to take multiple trips to the sink hole, you’ll still have to take careful
measurements just to make sure you get the wrong size.
While measuring, make sure you allow at least ten centimetres (four inches) of space for the mounting
hardware. So, if you’d like to get a sink that’s eighty centimetres in length, you’ll need to provide at least
ninety centimetres of space for it. Do the same for the sink’s width (front to back), and if you have a
backs plash, you’ll have to allow space for it.
Here are the most common materials for sinks and
This is currently the best seller, because it’s light in weight, relatively inexpensive and next to
indestructible. But thinner steel (20-gauge or higher) can get scratched or dented more easily than the
thicker gauges (18-gauge or lower).
Steel is fairly loud and tends to have problems with condensation, but you can partially solve both issues
by getting a sink with underneath spray coatings or sound pads.
A mirrored finish makes the steel glossier but also makes scratches more visible. Brushed-stainless (or
“satin”) finishes are becoming more popular because they disguise scratches better. A popular
compromise is to buy a sink that has a satin bowl and mirrored rims.
Enamel-coated Cast Iron
These used to be the most popular, and a lot of people still like them because of their shiny finish and
their resistance to stains.
They’re somewhat susceptible to having their enamel chip when you drop something heavy on them;
this can leave the cast iron exposed, leading to rust. Hot water in the sink cools down quickly because
the iron underneath sucks the heat off.
These sinks and
can be difficult to install because of their weight and bulk.
These inexpensive sinks are bright and shiny, and are available in a wide assortment of colours. They’re
prone to dents and scratches, and don’t resist stains well.
These are great for standing up to scratches, stains, nicks, harsh chemicals and heat, and their colour
holds up well. They keep dishwater warmer longer. You can get them in a wide variety of styles and
colours, but they aren’t as glossy as most other sinks.
Granite sinks are the most durable type, but they’re also very expensive. They’re very resistant to
scratching and harsh chemicals. They all have matte finishes.
These are usually white and are always attractive and shiny. They can crack, chip or break if abused. A
handyman can usually make repairs on them. A terrific feature of ceramic sinks is that you can get the
sink and counter together in one solid unit.
I hope this helped you If so, give your sink salesman a big kiss for me.
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