Toni Sweet. Sinks. August 22nd , 2017.
Your kitchen doesn’t have to be boring. You can always pick the right colors, the perfect cabinets and the most practical accessories in the market. But when it comes to the kitchen sink, your best choice is stainless steel. American Standard, which has been around for over 130 years, can be the first place to start shopping around for your next remodeling project. The new Culinaire double bowl stainless sink model 7502.000 may very well be what you need, since it offers organic looks, with a satin-finish that will make your guests envy you next time you throw a small party. Since this stainless kitchen sink fits the most common counter tops, it has become the hot item of the company.
The current trend is starting to change in the stainless steel undermount sink. In the past most people preferred a double bowl sink, however a single large bowl is being selected much more frequently. It would seem many people are using the dishwasher and they want a larger single sink to wash just the pots and pans. It should be noted that the largest undermount single bowl on the market today is typically 30 inches long (measured horizontally) by 18 inches wide (front to back). This does not seem like big difference from the typical double bowl that measures 33 inches long (measured horizontally) by 22 inches wide (front to back), but the reality is the reduction of the sink size allows for much greater room behind the sink which will now open up your faucet choices and it also allows placement of the sink a little farther back in the countertop which allows the front edge of the counter top more meat which helps significantly in keeping breakage of the countertop to a minimum. This is truly important because most solid surface countertops fail at this critical point not only at installation but a year or two after installation after your fabricator is now no longer responsible.
Before you begin removing the old sink you should ensure that you have the correct measurements for the new sink. Keep in mind that not all sinks have the same measurements. Attaining the correct assessments will assist in finding a sink that will match the shape and size of the one that was removed. If you choose a sink that is bigger or smaller than your original one, you may need to replace the counter-top as well. A larger sink is better as it will require you to create additional space for the sink instead of replacing the entire counter-top.
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.
The most common sink you will find would be made of stainless steel. They are available in all price ranges. But it is not advisable to buy cheap stainless steel sinks as they would be made of very thin material and would not be durable. Moreover cheaper stainless steel sinks would get scratches on them easily. A good quality stainless steel sink would be easy to clean and won’t get scratched easily. It is better not to get the mirror type stainless steel sinks. Frequent use will scratch its surface and the shiny new look will become a foggy dirty look. Also do check if there is insulation under the sink bowl. Insulation tends to minimize the noise created by water drumming.
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