Gabrieele Faust. Kitchen Sinks. December 03rd , 2017.
Sizing your sink: Once you‘ve determined the style, material and mounting method you want for your sink there‘s just one more criteria to think about - sizing. These days, most cooks look for a nice big sink, if they have the space. For those whose kitchens are more modest, medium, small and even petite size kitchen sinks are available. Handy prep sinks are also now fixtures in the market. Great for cleanup areas and islands, prep sinks are highly appreciated by cooks who like to have a helper in the kitchen.
There is a general belief that copper sinks are very difficult to maintain. There is some truth to that myth. You cannot expect to keep your copper kitchen sinks looking like a new shiny penny forever. If you allow your copper sink to age naturally to a beautiful variety of darker copper shades, you are going to have a kitchen sink envied by others. Copper sinks are everlasting if you take good care and do proper cleaning regularly to prevent the greening of the copper.
I personally recommend a 16 or 18 gauge sink, especially if you are doing an apron front sink or a zero radius stainless steel sink. Anything higher than that, while it may be cheaper, is much more likely to dent or crease, especially when your belt buckle hits the front of a stainless farm sink while you are doing dishes. 18 gauge stainless steel is 0.0500 inches thick and weighs 2.016 pounds per square foot, and 16 gauge stainless steel is 0.0625 inches thick and weighs 2.52 pounds per square foot. While that may not seem like much, that is actually a 25% increase in both thickness and weight, making 16 gauge a considerably more durable and sturdier sink.
Whether it be a zero radius stainless commercial sink, a slick contemporary apron front sink, or just a simple undermount stainless steel sink, you know how to shop, and what to look for to get the best product for your money. And if you are worried about scratching, or just want the convenience of being able to keep your sink clean with minimal effort, purchase a stainless kitchen sink grid with rubber feet to match your sink. You‘ll be glad you did. So shop smart and look for the value, it‘s all there in stainless steel.
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