Everything….. and the Kitchen Sink
Dream Doors has listed below a practical and helpful guide on what type of sink may be suitable for your kitchen.
Stainless steel is the most commonly used material in kitchen sinks and commercial sink applications because it represents a good trade off between cost, usability, durability, and ease of cleaning. Some very deep sinks are fabricated by welding. Stainless steel sinks will not be damaged by hot or cold objects and resist damage from impacts. One disadvantage of stainless steel is that, being made of thin metal, they tend to be a lot noisier than most other sink materials, although better sinks apply a heavy coating of vibration-damping material to the underside of the sink.
Enamel over cast iron is a popular material for kitchen and bathroom sinks. Heavy and durable, these sinks can also be manufactured in a very wide range of shapes and colours. Like stainless steel, they are very resistant to hot or cold objects, but they can be damaged by sharp impacts and once the glass surface is breached, the underlying cast iron will often corrode. Aggressive cleaning will dull the surface, leading to more dirt accumulation. Enamel over steel is a similar-appearing but far less rugged and less cost-effective alternative.
Solid ceramic sinks have many of the same characteristics as enamel over cast iron, but without the risk of surface damage leading to corrosion.
Plastic sinks come in several basic forms:
These inexpensive sinks are simply injection-molded thermo plastics. They are often deep, free standing sinks often used in laundry rooms and sometimes kitchens. Subject to damage by hot or sharp objects, the principal virtue of these sinks is their low cost.
High-end acrylic drop-in (lowered into the countertop) and undermount (attached from the bottom) sinks are becoming more popular, although they tend to be easily damaged by hard objects – like scouring a cast iron frying pan in the sink.
Plastic sinks may also be made from the same materials used to form “solid surface” benchtops. These sinks are durable, attractive, and can often be molded with an integrated countertop or joined to a separate countertop in a seamless fashion, leading to no sink-to-countertop joint or a very smooth sink-to-countertop joint that can not trap dirt or germs. These sinks are subject to damage by hot objects but damaged areas can sometimes be repaired to expose undamaged material.
Glass sinks: A current trend in bathroom design is the handmade glass sink (often referred to as a vessel sink) these sinks have become fashionable for wealthy homeowners.
Stone sinks have been used for ages. Some of the more popular stones used are: marble, travertine, onyx, granite.
Glass and concrete sinks are usually designed for their aesthetic appeal and can be obtained in a wide variety of unusual shapes and colours.