If you have ever taken on a kitchen renovation, or new build you know what it can feel like to make so many overwhelming decisions. Having a designer, contractor, or builder explain the pros and cons of your choices can help cut down on some of that stress. Today we wanted to share with you our thoughts on sinks, and the choices you have when it comes to materials.
Stainless sinks are one of the most popular material for kitchen sinks, they are heat and stain resistant and are available in a variety of types, styles and sizes. Water marks and scratches will be less noticeable if you select a brushed or satin finish rather than a mirror finish.
Porcelain or Enamel Over Cast Iron
Porcelain and enamel sinks have a cast iron core with a baked-on finish. Because chipping and scratching of the finish shortens the sink's life, placing a stainless steel rack or soft mat in the sink's bottom can prevent chipping if a knife or dish falls into the sink. Never acidic materials to sit in the sink, because staining can occur. Rinse and dry the sink after each use and clean the porcelain often, avoiding abrasive cleansers, rough sponges and steel wool. Keep in mind that cast iron sinks are heavy, so make sure your cabinets are structurally sound and you provide adequate support for the sink.
Among kitchen sinks, those made with stainless steel and porcelain are durable options. Stainless steel sinks last 15 to 30 years, while porcelain has a lifespan of 25 to 30 years.
Fireclay sinks are made from clay fired at very high temperatures. This makes them quite easy to clean, and they hold up quite well to scratches, staining and chipping. Fireclay is great for those who love a white sink.
If you are putting in natural stone counter tops think about installing a sink to match. Just be aware that natural stone has a higher likelyhood of staining.
Like natural stone, solid surface sinks can be integrated into the counter top for a smooth, streamlined appearance. They can be relatively easy to clean, but you could run into problems with scratches. With any natural product I t's best to get a sample of the material you are considering and put it to the test to make sure you are Alright with its durability.