20 January 2009

How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink is an important part of the kitchen.In many homes, kitchens are high-traffic areas. They're often the hub of the home and must be able to withstand lots of traffic and lots of activity. Want to improve the style and function of your workspace from the get-go? Think new sink.

When you shop for a sink, you'll quickly learn that sink designers have been busy in recent years. Modern sinks no longer consist of a simple faucet and bowl. They come in a variety of materials: have multiple bowls of various sizes, shapes, depths, and colors; and are designed with integral drainers, cutting boards, and more.

Material.You can buy kitchen sinks made from stainless steel, cast iron coated with porcelain enamel, composite stone or metal and other materials. Stainless steel sinks are the most popular because they are durable, easy to clean and relatively inexpensive.

stainless steel:Available in a wide range of prices, but you get what you pay for. A cheap sink is made of thin metal—you can feel it flex if you push on a bowl, or a garbage disposal may vibrate noisily; plus, it's easily scratched, has a finish that is hard to keep clean, and may make a drumming sound when you run water into it.

Enamelled cast iron:Traditional look, but not as durable as fireclay. Stylish at an economical price. Look for a lifetime warranty against chipping.

Composite Acrylic and Fiberglass
Not recommended because they soon lose their glossy finish and absorb stains readily. Newer composite sinks have a more durable finish.

Many new sinks come with four holes to mount a faucet and accessories like hot water, filtered water and soap dispensers. If you decide against the accessories, buy a sink with fewer holes or purchase plugs for the holes. so,think about a kitchen faucet set before buying a kitchen sink.

Pick a color if you're not purchasing a metal sink. Consider the color of your kitchen walls, countertops and cabinets. Take paint chips and countertop samples with you when you go shopping.

Step6Buy a kitchen sink made by a reputable company. A high quality sink can last up to 50 years, so any extra upfront costs will pay off in the long run.

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