Jeannine Castro. Sinks. August 05th , 2017.
Copper starts out in sheets of various thicknesses or \"gauge\". The thickness of the metal can also be referred to by the weight per square foot. The thicker the gauge copper, the lower the number. Most bath sinks are made from 20 gauge (the thinnest) to 16 gauge (the thickest) and most kitchen sinks range from 18 gauge to 14 gauge. When shopping for copper sinks, always ask about the gauge and be aware that a thicker gauge sink will cost more - and in many cases is worth it! A lightweight gauge metal can result in a \"tinny\" sound when running the faucet.
Pedestal sinks are sinks that sit on a single pedestal and are good choices for small bathrooms. They have a sophisticated quality a strong presence. Pedestal sinks are often made of porcelain or marble and are all one piece rather than a sink that sits on top of a table or stand. Pedestal sinks do not leave much room for storage under the sink or even a space for a basket because often times the pedestal flares towards the floor. This type of sink is best suited for a powder room in a foyer or somewhere that no storage of bathroom grooming items is necessary.
Vessel sinks, commonly known as basin sinks are becoming the popular trend in the luxury kitchen. Vessel sinks sit atop instead of being below the countertop unlike the traditional sink basins. So they are more visible and make a major design statement. They are now produced in a variety of unique and kitchen friendly materials including stones, glass and wood.
Once you’ve determined the style, material and mounting method you want for your sink there’s just one more criteria to think about - sizing. These days, most cooks look for a nice big sink, if they have the space. For those whose kitchens are more modest, medium, small and even petite size kitchen sinks are available. Handy prep sinks are also now fixtures in the market. Great for cleanup areas and islands, prep sinks are highly appreciated by cooks who like to have a helper in the kitchen.
In the case of an undermount bar sink, the job is definitely more complicated. In fact, in most cases you will want to have a professional install your undermount sink. If you happen to have a hole prepared in your counter matching the specifications of your sink, you can attempt the job yourself. The actual mounting of the sink is not the hard part. The difficult part is usually making and finishing the sink hole. Since the sink mounts under the cabinet, there is no flange showing on the counter. This means the counter top has to have a rounded and finished edge leading down to the sink. This is where you are very likely to need a professional.
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