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A New Kitchen Sink?

Should I change my kitchen sink?

TIP: Before purchasing a new kitchen sink, take the time to ensure you have the space available to reconnect the drain correctly.  Many of my customers purchase deeper kitchen sinks and then realize that the placement of their existing drain will not allow for the proper drain installation.  To many times I have seen "do it yourself" drains installed incorrectly which can and usually does lead to drainage problems to include complete line blockages.

Benefits of Stainless Steel Sinks

The versatility of steels today, a stainless steel type of sink might perhaps be the best option when it comes to designing or remodeling a kitchen. Here are the benefits of having stainless kitchen sinks:

  • Stainless steel is relatively lightweight as compared to other materials. They are available in varying sizes and thicknesses, so their weights vary accordingly. The weight of stainless steel sinks is usually dependent on the gauge of the steel. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the steel. Homeowners commonly choose gauge numbers 18 and 20. Thinner stainless steel thinks (gauge 20 or higher) usually dent and scratch easily, so it might not be highly recommended.
  • Stainless steel sinks are relatively easy to clean and they tend to stay looking new for a longer period of time as long as they are cared for properly. You would not have to worry about leaving orange juice stains overnight, as it can easily be cleaned the following day. Stains can cause dulling and scratching however, so it is still best to wipe debris and spills as soon as possible. Putting rubber or plastic mats in the sink can protect it from scratches and protect its shiny surface.
  • There are lots of durable and beautiful stainless steel sinks that do not have rims or seams. The absence of seams gives a very modern and sleek appearance. These are usually made from one single solid steel sheet. Seamless sinks are easiest to clean and to keep clean. There are no crevices or cracks where bacteria, germs and grime can hide in.
  • Stainless steel sinks come in various styles so that you can easily find one that will suit your kitchen theme and style. They are also available in various colors, sizes, and finishes so that it is compatible with any kind of cabinetry or furniture.
  • Stainless steel sinks come in single, two-bowl and three-bowl models, each with varying depths. Depending on how much kitchen work and washing you do, there are a wide variety to choose from. For instance, if you wash lots of pans daily, you can choose a deep, two bowl sink to make sure that there is room for soaking, and for multi-tasking. You can specifically choose one that will best suit your kitchen needs.
  • The best advantage of stainless steel sinks is that they are relatively cheaper than other materials, such as granite. Prices of kitchen sinks vary depending on various factors such as sink size, finish, manufacturer's brand or image, and features it may boast about. There are a wide variety of choices so that you can definitely find one that will best choose your budget without compromising quality.

The main reason why stainless steel sinks are famous is that homeowners can easily find one that will suit their individual needs and style. So, if you are looking into buying one for yourself, make sure you know exactly what you want and choose one that best qualifies.

Which kitchen sink should I buy?

Due to frequency of use and its prominent placement in the home, a kitchen sink should be durable, functional, and attractive. Here's how to buy a kitchen sink that will suit your lifestyle and complement your home's décor.

Read more: How to Buy a Kitchen Sink |

How Deep Should a Kitchen Sink Be?

The depth of a kitchen sink is ultimately based upon your personal preference. Generally, according to Faucet, the standard depth of a double basin sink is about 8 inches. If you use and wash large pots in your sink frequently, you should opt for a sink with a depth of about 9 to 10 inches. If you prefer a smaller bar sink, you can use a sink with a depth of 5.5 to 6 inches.

Read more: How Deep Should a Kitchen Sink Be? |

How to Replace a Kitchen Sink

Tips to keep in mind: Stainless steel sinks can still be a good choice as long as you select one made of heavy gauge steel. Heavy steel (18 Guage) is quiet, durable and easy to maintain.

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