Kitchen Remodeling | Consider a Stainless Steel Sink
Kitchen Remodeling | While the dinner table may be the center of polite conversation, it’s the kitchen sink that serves as the family workhorse. You’ll need somewhere to wash those gorgeous veggies when you bring them in from the garden. Your gleaming knives and shiny cookie sheets maintain their luster only because of the loving care you put into cleaning them after use. You might even wash your baby or pet in it. Choosing a kitchen sink that meets your needs will be a wise investment. A stainless steel sink will not only perform well but can enhance the beauty and the warmth of your kitchen.
People choose stainless steel sinks more frequently than any other material. It’s strong, easy to clean, and resistant to chips, scratches, and cracks. A quality sink will last for more than 15 years. Its neutral color is well suited for any decor, and its satin finish will coordinate superbly with its surroundings. While other sink materials may be sensitive to heat, a stainless steel sink will hold up well to your everyday tasks.
Stainless steel sink considerations
- How many basins will you need? One large basin may be excellent for washing fruits and vegetables, but you may need two or more sinks to handle multiple tasks like food disposal or the washing and rinsing of dishes.
- How big is your kitchen? While you don’t want to overpower a small room, you do want to choose a style that can hold up to the workload. Be sure to consider the height of the cabinetry as well as the width and depth of the countertop workspace. A 6-inch deep sink may be too shallow while a 9-inch depth may provide more volume and usefulness.
- Which level of strength works best? A composition of about 18% chromium and 8% nickel will resist stains and corrosion. And as a rule, the lower gauge steel (16 to 18 gauge) is stronger and quieter than the higher 22 gauge which may vibrate or dent easily.
- What are your budget constraints? Don’t forget to calculate the costs of mounting hardware and accessories like sprayers or soap dispensers. And bear in mind that a multi-basin set may be slightly more expensive than a single-basin sink.
If you’re a conscientious shopper, you’ll find a quality product to fit your needs at reasonable prices. Kohler and Sterling offer models beginning at around $180 to $200. In the $300 range you will be able to purchase 16-gauge or 20-gauge sets from American Standard or Kraus. Style and selection vary by vendor, but you should be able to find a stainless steel sink which will serve you well for years to come as you feed your family. – Modernize