Once upon a time a sink was a sink. It came in one basic style and size. It was made of a mediocre quality stainless steel.
(Courtesy of www.gettyimages.com)
CHOOSING A SINK IS NOT A SIMPLE DECISION ANYMORE!
(Photos are courtesy of www.kohler.com , www.franke.com , www.elkay.com , www.krausproducts.com ,
www.corstonesinks.com , www.blancoamerica.com , and www.adagiosinks.com)
There are 3 basic factors to consider when selecting a kitchen sink.
Each of these more commonly used materials has pros and cons:
It resists corrosion, is available in a wide variety of finishes and styles, and is non-porous.
But, it can be susceptible to scratches and the thinner grades may dent.
It reduces noise and vibration, and holds the water temperature for a longer period of time.
But, it is extremely heavy, and the enamel coating may scratch, chip or discolor after prolonged use.
It resists scratches and chips. It won't rust or fade.
But, it can stain.
*Composite materials (quartz or granite mixed with resin)
According to manufacturers, it is easy to care for.
But, the long-term durability of this product has yet to be determined.
It is timeless, very durable and easy to maintain
But, it is extremely heavy and quite expensive.
With a stone countertop, there are essentially only two basic installation types:
*Self-rimming (or drop-in)
This type has three sub-categories: positive reveal, negative reveal or flush-mount. Our default installation type is a positive reveal because there is evidence that leads us to believe this type of installation is less prone to "crud-catching" and less likely to chip.
There are single-bowl, double-bowl, or triple-bowl sinks. There are deep sinks, shallow sinks, or combined-depth sinks. There are square sinks, round sinks, wavy sinks, or apron-front sinks. Today's kitchen sink can come with an integrated drain board, a fitted cutting board, a built in colander, and on, and on, and on.
A natural stone countertop will last a lifetime. Choose your sink wisely!