3 Steps To Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Picking a kitchen sink may seem like an easy task.  There are multiple styles to choose from.  Which one will be the most functional?

farmhouse-sinkAfter choosing appliances, flooring, and cabinetry for your complete kitchen remodel, picking a kitchen sink may seem like an easy task. Experts agree that when it comes to the sink, its functionality should be considered over style. As the most often used component in your kitchen, you want to ensure that it fits into your lifestyle and will be able to withstand years of use.

Drop In Sink or Under Mount Style?

First, you need to decide whether you want a drop in sink or an under mount style. A drop in sink will sit its edges on top of your counter top, while an under mount is installed beneath the counter top creating a smooth line across the surface. If you have chosen a countertop that is a solid surface like granite or stone, you may want to go with the under mount to allow the natural beauty of it remain center stage in the kitchen.

Choosing Your Style

  • The lightweight nature of stainless steel makes them ideal for an under mount installation. Many kitchen remodel experts also choose stainless steel for its durability. Stainless steel will not crack or rust, and is very easy to keep clean. The only drawback may be that they tend to be noisier than other materials.
  • Enamel coated cast iron used to be a favorite choice in kitchens. They are still the most attractive type of sink available for the kitchen. One of the problems with them is that they cannot be installed underneath the sink space, but instead must be dropped in due their weight. Another issue is durability. Over time the colored enamel will begin to chip and scratch, especially in households where the kitchen sink gets a lot of use.
  • The latest material to hit the sink market is a polyester/acrylic blend. These are more affordable and can come in a variety of colors. They are not as durable as the other options though and cannot be used as an under mount sink.

Some countertops can be purchased where the sink is already built in. This limits your options, but makes clean up a lot easier. The material used can chip and the surface damaged if direct heat from a pot is applied.

How Many Bowls Do You Need?

The next decision for the sink is in the number of bowls you need. Standard double bowls work well, but if you will be utilizing a dishwasher, than consider installing one that has one larger sink and one smaller. The larger sink can still function to wash large pots and pans, while the smaller bowl can accommodate your cooking needs.

Putting It All Together

Now that all of the major components have been decided on for your complete kitchen remodel, it is time to begin putting them all together. Feel good knowing that you have chosen wisely and picked things carefully to fit your family and lifestyle. The only thing left for you to do now is let the experts do their job while you shop for the perfect accessories to accentuate your newly remodeled space.

Call AAA Remodeling Company at (636) 349-5777.

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