Toni Sweet. Sinks. August 21st , 2017.
It is critically important if you are choosing an undermount kitchen sink that is made from stainless steel that the product be made from high quality 304 stainless steel. It is also important that any sink you purchase has the availability of additional sink accessories, such as grates that fit in the bottom of the sink. These grates help eliminate some of the scratches that can appear over time in that nice finish of your undermount. These sink grates also have another nice function, they allow fruit and vegetables to rest inside the sink with out laying in the bottom of a sink that may not be as germ free as some mothers would like. It is important to be able to have a nice match between the strainers and the finish of your undermount kitchen sink as well.
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.
Fireclay kitchen sinks, another sink in the luxury kitchen type, is made of porcelain that is thicker, denser and heavier than the regular china clay. Due to these characteristics fireclay kitchen sinks are more durable and smooth than the ordinary vitreous china. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are the most commonly used luxury kitchen sink as they are corrosion resistant and easily available everywhere. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are usually made with high gauge stainless steel for making them dent- resistant. It has a bright, shining and attractive appearance and will liven up the entire kitchen. They will go well with all types of countertops and is very easy to maintain compared to other stone or ceramic kitchen sinks.
The last variety of sink has gotten more popular in the last decade or so. The fifth type of sink is called the vessel sink. A vessel sink is a basin that sits n top of the counter. They can be any shape but the most popular ones are circular or oval shaped bowls and square basins. The vessel sinks are hard to clean because you have to try to reach into the small space between the vessel and the counter, but they look very nice.
One disadvantage of stainless kitchen sinks is that they are noisier than other sinks. A good quality kitchen sink will be insulated with some type of vibration damping material on the underside of the sink to help alleviate this issue. No one wants to hear a cymbal crash every time they drop a dirty fork in the sink. In addition to keeping the noise down, this insulation will help with condensation build up on the underside of the sink, thus preventing moisture issues in the base cabinet and keeping everything drier and less prone to mold or mildew, so look for a protective coating on the bottom of the sink.
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