4 Tips for Choosing a New Kitchen Sink
Choosing the right kitchen sink can be difficult because there are so many styles, materials and colors to choose from. However, the process will be much easier if you break it down into the following steps.
- Determine the Size of Your Kitchen Sink
The first thing to consider is the size of the sink’s basin. Think about how much counter space you need when deciding the size of your new sink. You need to calculate the length of your sink from edge to edge, left to right. Next, find the width of the basin by measuring from the sink edge closest to the wall to the front edge. The final measurement is the depth of the sink. Double check your measurements before purchasing the new sink.
- Pick the Installation Style
There are several different installation styles available for kitchen sinks. Drop-in kitchen sinks, also called top-mount or self-rimming, are the easiest to install as they drop into a hole cut into the countertop. Farmhouse kitchen sinks, also called apron-front sinks, slide into an opening cut in the front of the kitchen counter. The front of a farmhouse sink acts as the counter’s front. Flush-mount kitchen sinks drop into the countertop like a drop-in sink, but their top is slightly recessed. The support for these under-mount kitchen sinks is hidden underneath the countertop.
- Select the Sink Material
The next decision that you will need to make is what material you want. Here are some options:
- Stainless steel- These sinks are scratch-resistant but require regular cleaning to eliminate water spots.
- Copper- Made from recycled materials, copper kitchen sinks have natural anti-microbial qualities.
- Granite- These kitchen sinks have a nonporous surface, which makes it easier to clean.
- Cast iron- This option can withstand high heat, which means you can put a hot pan directly in the sink.
- Composite- Composite kitchen sinks contain a combination of materials and are a less expensive option.
Researching surplus kitchen sinks is a great way to find and purchase a sink that might be too expensive otherwise.
- Determine the Number of Basins
Most kitchen sinks have either one or two basins. Sinks with one basin are typically deeper than sinks with multiple basins, making one-basin sinks practical for large pots and pans. Opting for two basins gives you space to do more than one task simultaneously.
When shopping for a new kitchen sink, consider the options from McCarren Supply. We can help you choose the perfect kitchen sink for your home.