Sinks. Thursday , October 12th , 2017 - 23:43:37 PM
When you see a stainless kitchen sink in an advertisement, or in a store, it will usually have some information attached. One of the first things you will see, besides size of course, is Gauge. The Gauge of stainless steel measures the thickness of the steel itself that was used to create the sink. Usually you will see a number between 16 and 23. In most circumstances a higher number indicates a higher quality or larger measurement, but Gauge is like Golf, the lower the number the better. I personally recommend a 16 or 18 gauge sink, especially if you are doing an apron front sink or a zero radius stainless steel sink. Anything higher than that, while it may be cheaper, is much more likely to dent or crease, especially when your belt buckle hits the front of a stainless farm sink while you are doing dishes. 18 gauge stainless steel is 0.0500 inches thick and weighs 2.016 pounds per square foot, and 16 gauge stainless steel is 0.0625 inches thick and weighs 2.52 pounds per square foot. While that may not seem like much, that is actually a 25% increase in both thickness and weight, making 16 gauge a considerably more durable and sturdier sink.
Just deciding the design and type of the sink that you need would not do the trick. You need to be aware of the place where you want to place the sink and based on that you will have to select the sink. You can select a self rimming sink or an under-mount sink depending on the location. A self rimming sink is easy to install but cleaning the area under the rim would be tough. Installing an under-mount sink is tougher, but you will not have any cleaning hassles with it.
Undermount sinks require a fabricator to cut a hole in the countertop that match the size and contour of the chosen undermount sink. The sink is then mounted under the countertop and is secured with mechanical fastners. These sinks are primarily used with the following surfaces granite, marble, limestone, concrete, butcher block, and composite countertops have grown in popularity, undermount kitchen sinks have also become an increasingly popular choice. These sinks come in a variety of sizes and to give the home owner an opportunity to meet any special needs because of design challenges. It should be noted that if you have a design challenge your best bet to finding a sink that will fix your need is looking for a high quality undermount stainless steel sinks because they seem to have a much larger variety of odd shape and sizes to meet your individual needs.
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