Kitchen Sinks. Wednesday , November 22nd , 2017 - 13:12:20 PM
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.
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.
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