Are you looking for a new sink for your kitchen remodel but don’t know where to start? Then this is the guide for you, as we’ll go through everything you’ll need to know about picking the right sink for your kitchen.

Material

Stainless Steel

The most common material, stainless steel sinks are easy to clean and very durable. It’s sure to match your other appliances and is easy on the wallet. However, it does tend to show water spots and scratches.

Cast-Iron/ Porcelain

The perfect choice for a traditional kitchen, cast iron porcelain sinks are available in a wide variety of colours. But because it’s a porous material, it’s likely to chip, stain or crack over time.

Copper

Best suited for modern or industrial kitchens, copper sinks develop a patina over time that most people find appealing. To keep it shiny, you just have to polish it to keep it looking brand new.

Natural Stone

Usually a granite sink, natural stone can easily blend in with your countertops to create a consistent look. Granite sinks can be undermounted on quarts or granite counters and surface mounted on laminate tops. This sink is typically made of 20% acrylic resin and 80% granite which makes it stronger than others. They are resistant to stains from coffee, tea, and red wine. They are also scratch resistant and very difficult to chip.

Configuration & Sizing

Single Bowl

As the name would suggest, a single bowl sink contains one bowl for all your kitchen needs. This is a not as popular as a double bowl but sometimes the cabinetry only allows the size of a single bowl. You can have a single bowl if you need a larger area than 2 smaller bowls of a double sink.

Double Bowl

The most  popular sink configuration, having two sinks connected by one base has its advantages. While you’ll easily be able to complete two separate tasks at once, you can also select a sink that contains different size bowls.

Triple Bowl

Not seen often, the triple sink typically consists of two normal sized sinks with a third, smaller one, in the middle. This third sink is usually a garbage disposal that’s independent of the other bowls. This sink configuration works best for larger kitchens, as it takes up more space than the other two.

Mounting Options

Drop In

The sink on your choice will be dropped into the counter, left to rest on top of your countertop. This is the easiest and most common way to mount a sink, but it does come with its disadvantages. Because the sink’s rim is above the counter, it’s easy for food and other substances to get caught on the lip.

Undermount

If you want a mounting option that allows you to swipe food and debris right into your sink, then this is the perfect option for you. Here, an opening is cut into the countertop, matching the exact measurement of the sink. Then the sink in mounted to the underside of the counter.

Farmhouse

While farmhouse sinks are typically mounted using the drop-in method, they deserve a category of their own. A farmhouse sink leaves the front of the sink fully exposed and finished. Special cabinets are required to be properly mounted, as well as include additional support for the sink’s extra weight.

 

At Art’s Countertops, we provide customers with natural stone countertops as well as stainless steel and granite sinks. Since 1985, we’ve offered high-quality, durable products to the Kitchener and Waterloo area. Call us or visit our website for more information.


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