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May is just around the corner, and what better a time to freshen up your kitchen! Did you know that the most used item in your house is your kitchen sink??
There are three types of sink designs: undermount, drop-in, and integral. The undermount sink fits nicely under the hole that is cut out by your countertop fabricator. It is adhered under the countertop, which makes for easy clean up. Extra water on the counter after doing the dishes? Just take your dishcloth and swipe back into the sink.
The second type is the drop-in sink. This sink sits on top of the hole that the fabricator makes. This type is typically less expensive, but is a bit more of a struggle when trying to get liquids back into the drain!
Lastly is the integral sink. This sink is made as one solid piece within the countertop. Because of the forming of this type, you are limited to materials such as quartz and solid surfacing.
Now I need to choose the style. What is best for the way I live…one bowl, two bowls, one smaller than the other, an off centered drain? This is a personal choice to be made according to how would best suit your needs.
And then there is the apron on the sink. This option historically has been for those hoping to recreate a farmhouse sort of feel. However, this option now comes in stainless steel in several brands and has a new, contemporary feel to it.
I’ve chosen stainless steel as the look that suits my kitchen, now how do I choose which one?? First, you need to know what is meant by gauges. Opposite of what you may think, the lower the gauge, the thicker the sink. For example, stainless steel ranges from 16-22 gauge. 16 gauge is the thickest and 22 gauge is the thinnest. I would recommend staying between 16-18 gauge.
For the finish of this stainless steel sink, you have several choices. Anything from a mirror look to a dull, brushed finish. Again, personal choice. I would think that the more dull, the less water spots would show…let me know if you see otherwise!
One more thing on stainless steel, don’t forget that these types of sinks are usually a good green option. Most stainless steel is made from recycled material.
Check out the new features and accessories with sinks today! You won’t believe all of the options. Wire racks, built-in strainers, removable basins for food prep…there is so much to choose from to personalize your work area!
Once you choose a sink, the sales person will let you know what can be ordered to custom fit your new purchase. Be sure to ask.
Whatever sink type you choose, remember to read the manufacturer’s warranty before cleaning it. Each manufacturer will vary on how best to keep their sink in top shape. Stop in one of our locations in the month of May and see what’s on special. A simple new sink can change the look of any kitchen.
**All photos were taken in our showrooms. Come in and take a look! We’ll help choose the right sink for you!