Marianne Compton. Sinks. August 02nd , 2017.
Enamel cast iron sinks and ceramic sinks look elegant and tend to be very durable. But they are also expensive when compared to stainless steel sinks. Water drumming is almost absent in them and cleaning them is very easy. Sinks made of copper, brass and also natural stones are available. Copper is easy to maintain and has natural resistance to microorganisms. Brass is tough to maintain but can give out a great rustic look. Sinks made of natural stones are heavy, but easy to maintain and are durable. Composite sinks are made from a mixture of two substances. It is sturdy and durable, but is prone to scratching.
Information about stainless kitchen sinks is not hard to find, but sometimes it is hard to understand with numbers, alloys and percentages floating around in the product descriptions. It may look complicated but in reality, almost all stainless steel sinks are fabricated from Type 304 stainless steel. This is the basic form of stainless steel and what this number signifies is that this steel contains a minimum of 18% chromium, 8% nickel and a maximum of.08% carbon. This is why you will also see the number 18-8 steel listed in the specifications sometimes, they are simply referring to the percentages of chromium and nickel blended with the steel to make it stronger. As you probably know, steel is susceptible to rust, but by blending in these other elements it makes the steel corrosion resistant as well as sturdier. A higher percentage of chromium and nickel in the steel indicates a higher grade of stainless steel so look for the 18-8 or even 20-10 numbers somewhere in the information so you can rest easy knowing your stainless sink is high quality. While stainless steel sinks are not very susceptible to rust, they can be stained by rust, so be careful of leaving a cast iron pan sitting in a sink too long.
Copper is man’s oldest metal, dating back more than 10,000 years. Its use in the home in modern times ranges from copper tubing in your plumbing system to some of the finest cookware available. Restaurateurs, hoteliers and interior decorators look to copper and brass as naturally inviting metals that make a statement of quality, comfort and beauty. It is no wonder that copper has also become a popular material for sinks in the kitchen, bath and bar.
Porcelain kitchen and bathroom sinks are also widely in use. It is still the prime choice of many home makers. It has a shiny appearance and are much durable material. Porcelain offers the widest range of colors and shades than any other sink material. They can be fixed as either surface mount or as under mount. Porcelain sinks are available in every possible style. Porcelain sinks are affordable and are easy to clean and maintain. Enamel sinks are another type of sinks, which are a good choice, for those who want to save money on their sinks. Enamel sinks are available in different contour and color. Maintaining enamel sinks is a bit more difficult than porcelain. Care should be taken not to use any abrasive cleaners on enamel sinks.
Nowadays kitchen sinks are made from materials such as of porcelain, stainless steel or copper. The copper sink that most people desire for their kitchens, dates back to ancient times and this art form has passed down through several generations along with various varieties of artistic copper work and contemporary designs. Copper sinks are usually done by talented artisans with their exquisite craftsmanship. Hand made copper sinks have unique decorative art work which the commercially produced one lacks. Many people prefer copper sinks over the other type of sinks for its amazing beauty due to its sheen and iridescence after aging.
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