Michellye Foerster. Kitchen Sinks. December 05th , 2017.
Stone kitchen sinks are among the most preferred types of sinks nowadays. Like aluminum kitchen sinks, these fixtures also meet the needs and demands of most kitchen owners because of their functionality and appearance. Among popular types of stone kitchen sinks are those that are made of solid surface materials, composite stones, fireclay and soapstone.
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.
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.
Moen: Headquartered North Olmsted, Ohio, this company has proved over and over again that its designers and artisans can churn-up great kitchen sinks. Though with an extensive-and impressive catalog- the stainless sinks product line, Moen presents the Camelot stainless steel double basin kitchen sink model 22219, which has earned the respect of many of its competitors for offering a 20-gauge kitchen sink that fits in any kitchen countertop and offers great durability for its investment.
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