Your kitchen remodel involves lots of material and design choices. Choosing the right sink to match your kitchen countertop materials can help you achieve a stylish, cohesive look. There are a number of key factors to consider when selecting a kitchen sink.
When laminate countertops were the norm, self-rimming drop-in or “top mount” sinks were a necessity to protect the countertop from water damage around the sink cut out. Today, undermount sinks are the most popular style choice and they pair beautifully with stone countertops like granite, marble and quartz. An undermount sink is seamlessly integrated into the countertop, providing ease of cleaning and an attractive, streamlined appearance.
There are number of different sink materials available today:
- Stainless steel – This neutral, clean-looking material is today’s top choice with new granite and quartz countertop installations. Stainless steel sinks are easy to maintain and they won’t chip, stain or rust. Look for a sink that’s 16-gauge, which is thicker and more durable than 18-gauge steel.
- Composite granite – Formed from 80 percent crushed granite and 20 percent resins, durable composite granite sinks are gaining in popularity. The material is easy to clean, and resistant to heat, acids, stains, chips and fading. Composite granite sinks offer a beautiful natural matte appearance in a number of colors, making it easy to complement new stone countertops and any style of kitchen decor.
- Enameled cast iron – The availability of glossy white and other colors made durable enameled iron sinks a popular luxury option before the introduction of lighter-weight materials. This type of sink is extremely heavy, so it typically requires extra structural reinforcement of the cabinet. With use and time, the enamel finish can also chip and peel off.
- Copper or bronze – The distinctive look of a copper or bronze sink provides a undeniable aesthetic appeal, and there are numerous beautiful designs available. If you choose this type of material, make certain there’s no mercury or lead mixed with the copper.
You can base your choice of sink width and bowl configuration on personal preference and kitchen size, but don’t overlook matching the sink size to the depth of the countertop so there’s enough room behind the sink to install the faucet.
For expert help choosing a sink that perfectly matches your kitchen countertop materials and other design elements, stop by our showroom or contact us at Arch City Granite & Marble.