The kitchen sink is one of the most important components of your kitchen. It’s where all the action starts and sparks a great conversation starter while also being a source for clean dishes and a dishwasher.
When choosing a sink, you’ll want to keep in mind what kind of space you have available, how much counter space you have available, and everything you plan on using your sink for.
If you are installing a new kitchen, it’s important to keep in mind that certain sinks require special countertops or sinks that can’t be installed over existing surfaces.
The size of the sink is the next thing to consider while choosing a kitchen sink. Depending on how many people will be helping with dishes, will help determine what size sink you’ll need. If you’re having trouble visualising the available area, use masking tape to outline where the sink will go and measure from there. You don’t want to get something too big only because it was the last one left at the store!
There are two types of sinks available for installation, drop-in and under mount. A drop-in sink sits on top of the counter with the counter above the sink while an under mounted one is mounted below the counter with nothing but grout between it and your surface material.
Both sink types have pros and cons. Under mount sinks can be harder to clean since they cannot be easily removed, unlike a drop-in where you only need to lift up in order to wipe away any food particles that fall into it. On the other hand, under mount sinks tend not to collect water or debris underneath making them easier to keep clean when compared to drop-ins; simply wipe down the surface when needed rather than taking out all of the gunk from underneath.
Drop-in sinks are easier to install and remove but often require some adhesive or sealant which can weaken the surface it’s adhered to if not done properly.
Choice of material is also important while choosing a kitchen sink. The most common materials include stainless steel, fire-clay (porcelain enamelled on the outside), and cast iron (porcelain enamelled on both sides). There are various other materials available such as earthenware ceramic, glass/acrylic, copper and concrete; each has their pros and cons making it important for you to do your research before making a purchase!
Stainless steel is popular because it is easy to clean and durable. While less common, concrete offers a unique look that can make your kitchen stand out.
However, whatever material you choose should be compliant with the sink manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.
Finally, it’s also important to consider what kind of faucet is available for the sink you’ve chosen. The last thing you want is a beautiful new sink but a plain ole’ boring tap! For example, some under mounted sinks require a pot filler which has a spout located at around chest level allowing users to fill pots without having to move them from beneath the tap. Others include an optional soap dispenser while only certain stainless steel sinks have built-in soap dispensers.
You’ll need to consider how many holes you’ll need and where they should be located before choosing a tap. If the sink has one hole, it will require a three-hole tap but if there are no pre-drilled holes, you’ll need to take that into account as well as making sure that the type of installation is suitable for your chosen material (if you’re unfamiliar with these terms or their applications, be sure to ask the store where you’re purchasing from).
Don’t forget about accessories such as strainers and colanders! These can help make cleaning up after meals easier and prevent clogging in your drain. They also serve as great decor pieces adding personality and class to any kitchen.
So, remember to take your space, usage, design and material into consideration before purchasing a kitchen sink. It’s also important to consider the pros and cons of each type of sink as well as whatever accessories you might need. And finally, don’t forget that taps!
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