Our Kitchen Sink Products
We specialize in a number of fabrication and installation services—everything AND the kitchen sink. It may seem like a simple task to select the perfect sink for your project, however, they come in a wide variety of styles, colors and materials, each providing a different set of benefits that should be taken into account.
Materials of Sinks
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The most commonly used sink material is stainless steel. This tends to be a less expensive option compared to other materials, and provides versatility, usability and ease of cleaning. Stainless steel sinks are durable and cannot be damaged by hot or cold objects or easily dented. Stainless steel sinks are typically classified in terms of gauge—with lower gauge being heavier and a higher gauge being lighter. The downside of stainless steel sinks is that while they are durable, they tend to be more scratch prone than other materials, show water spots more easily and tend to be noisier.
Another material option is a ceramic sink, comprised of clay, glass and metal. Ceramic sinks are typically easy to maintain and their non-porous surface makes them stain resistant. A disadvantage to ceramic sinks is that because they could be less durable than other materials such as stainless steel, they may be more prone to chipping, cracking, scratching and are more sensitive to heat.
Cast iron is one of the oldest materials used for a sink, made up of cast iron covered with a heavy porcelain enamel finish. Cast iron sinks are extremely durable and highly resistant to cracking, stains and scratches. They are typically very easy to clean and do not show water spots easily. The drawbacks of a cast iron sink are the weight, often 2-3 times heavier than a stainless steel sink, which can make installation more difficult, and the cost, typically more expensive than ceramic or stainless steel.
There are also many other types of sink materials available such as composite (granite or quartz composite), glass, marble and copper, each providing certain benefits and drawbacks that should be thoroughly examined in the design process.
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Styles of Sinks
Sinks also come in a wide variety of styles. The first choice is to decide between a single or double basin. Single basin sinks are better suited for smaller spaces, while a double basin sink provides the benefit of flexibility, especially if you do a lot of cooking that involves large dishes. In addition, double basin sinks also come in a variety of configurations—from equally sized bowls to different depths and dimensions.
One popular option in terms of functionality and aesthetics is the farmhouse sink. This sink style features a large front section, which replaces a section of the counter. Farmhouse sinks are available in both single and double basin varieties and can typically be more expensive and difficult to install than other sink types. However, they do provide great visual appeal to the space whether you’re looking for a modern or traditional style.
Another choice for sink style is topmount or undermount. A topmount sink will sit right into the hole in your counter top. They have a rim that holds the sink in place and are relatively easy and inexpensive to install. In addition, the support of the rim diminishes the need for extra support systems underneath.
Alternatively, an undermount sink provides a more modern appeal, with no rim on the edges of the counter. Instead, the sink is installed underneath so that the edges of the counter run up to the sink basin itself.
The benefits of an undermount sink is that it is easier to clean, as debris can be simply wiped into the sink, and it provides a more clean, sleek look. The disadvantages of an undermount sink are the higher costs and installation requirements, especially for heavier sinks that will need an added internal support system.