Sophiie Sommer. Kitchen Sinks. December 04th , 2017.
Compared to ceramic, stainless steel undermount sinks are more favorable among a lot of homeowners. This is due to the great durability of the material. Plus, steel does not dent, scratch, or stain. While there are several rectangular-shaped steel undermount sinks, you can also choose from other shapes. These include round, elongated, and oval. You can match it with the general shaping design of your kitchen.
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.
Given these benefits, choosing the right sink is based on your personal preference. You can choose from a wide selection of styles for this sink and these styles are influenced by the material used. What do you prefer then? A corner kitchen sink made of porcelain or granite? Whatever material you have chosen, you have to decide whether you‘ll order a customized corner kitchen sink or you‘ll just purchase a ready-made one. If you have no idea what is the right size of sink you should buy, then, go for a custom made sink. If you have it customized, you can decide where to place the faucet holes.
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.
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