The kitchen sinks are the focal point in the cleanup center. When you look at kitchen sinks in showrooms and home centers, you realize there’s a lot more to decide on besides the material. A side from material choices, you will have to decide on what style of kitchen sink to get. Do you want a single-bowl sink or a double bowl sinks? A single-bowl residential kitchen sink is usually 25″ x 22″, and a double bowl sink is typically 33″ x 22″.
Single Bowl Sinks
This kitchen sink is economical, but difficult for hand washing and rinsing cookware and glassware in the same time. Single-bowl kitchen sinks are usually used to hold the larger cooking utensils. A single-bowl sink is large enough for soaking big pots and pans. This is the reasons single-bowl sinks are usually used as a second sink. A single-bowl kitchen sinks usually requires a 30-inch cabinet.
Double Bowl Sinks
Two-bowl kitchen sinks are the most popular and handy for separating tasks. They are not much more expensive than a single-bowl version. Traditionally, double bowl sinks have been used to wash dishes on one side, while stacking them to dry in a dish drainer on the other side. The double bowl kitchen sink is on its way out, since most people use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand in one sink and rinsing in the other.
Whatever kitchen sinks you choose, make sure you’re comfortable with it.
What sinks are made of
Kitchen sinks today are available in a variety of high-quality materials, and prices vary widely. Each material has its faults and benefits. These five different materials are used in kitchen sinks:
Most kitchen sinks are made of stainless steel. They are used for both drop-in and undermount mounting. These sinks are durable and easy to clean. Perfect for many design styles and grid add ons. Most stainless materials will last at least fifteen to twenty years.
Enameled cast iron is another popular material for kitchen sink. One of the reasons that enamel always has been popular is its availability in colors. Cast-iron sinks have a porcelain enamel coating over a base of very heavy cast iron. Its enamel coating is hard and resists scratching and staining. Cast iron sinks are beautiful and can stay for twenty-five to thirty years.
Porcelain sinks come in many colors and have attractive glossy finish. The major objection to porcelain sinks is their relative fragility. They can shatter when something heavy is dropped in them. For this reason, today we can find porcelain enamel over cast steel or cast iron to make porcelain more durable.
Ceramic kitchen sink probably are some of the most aesthetically pleasing sinks available. Like porcelain sinks, ceramic often have aprons and are at slight risk for scratching and chipping. Ceramic is available in a variety of colors and can have exquisite detailing, but its cost can be somewhat prohibitive.
Composite material is a polymer (some form of plastic) that has no seams, is heat resistant and can be made into a single-piece sink and countertop, affording easier cleanup of debris. The most durable composite kitchen sink contain a higher percentage of quartz.