As a homeowner, one of the things which you have to purchase when remodeling your home is the sink. When it comes to sinks, your options according to the order of popularity include stainless steel, porcelain and enamel cast iron. The recent introduction of composite sinks has widened the market’s selection of sinks. But of all these materials, which one works the best?
Stainless Steel. The most popular choice for sinks, stainless steel also allows your sink to match most appliances which makes it easier for you to have a coherently designed kitchen. Modern-styled kitchens often make use of stainless steel sinks because of the trademark squared angles which help to eliminate “dirt traps” and make cleaning a breeze. Most stainless steel sinks also come in 10-inch depths which makes them ideal for small spaces. The advantages of stainless steel sinks include resistance to chipping, cracking and peeling, and can be found in undermount and overmount varieties. Homeowners who are looking for that seamless look are better off with undermount stainless steel sinks.
Porcelain. This sink type is basically made of cast-iron with porcelain poured over it. Because the cast-iron can be molded into a variety of shapes, porcelain sinks come in different forms and sizes. Mounting options for porcelain sinks also more numerous than other sink types. Because porcelain sinks come in different colors, homeowners and decorators will find it easier to design spaces by installing porcelain sinks. At the same time, the wide price range for porcelain sinks make them ideal for remodeling homeowners who are on a tight budget. Water spots are also less visible on porcelain sinks because of their highly shined surfaces.
Enamel Cast Iron. Just like porcelain, this sink type is made with cast-iron only that enamel is used to coat the sink instead of porcelain. The end-product is a highly durable sink that comes in a smooth and glossy exterior which works well in camouflaging water spots as well as streaks. But while enamel cast iron sinks are very strong, they are also vulnerable to chips especially when hit hard enough. They are also heavy which means that they should only be mounted on sturdy counters.
Composite. Found in both granite and quartz varieties, the use of composite sinks is slowly overtaking other varieties. Granite composite sinks offer excellent resistance to chipping, heating and scratching, and can be installed as undermounts. On the other hand, quartz composite sinks are also very durable but come in a wide spectrum of colors making them great for decorating spaces.
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