Sinks. Friday , October 13th , 2017 - 03:03:14 AM
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.
Granite sinks is the sturdiest in the whole array of sinks. Granite sinks are produced from a durable granite composite material. They are virtually non-porous and non-absorbent so are resistant to staining. They are also scratch proof but lack the shiny appearance. Granite sinks are available indifferent colours including the metallic shades. The price ranges of granite sinks are extremely high. As they have many desirable features, they are preferred by many home makers. Granite sinks have functionally large bowls and come in both single and double bowl version. Unlike acrylic, granite sinks can withstand high temperature. Marble sinks were in use from the nineteenth century the drawback of marble sinks is that they are highly porous. Marble gets stained easily and are difficult to maintain they need regular scrubbing and polishing to maintain its look. They are still used by people, who want to have vintage sinks.
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.
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