Remodeling your kitchen is an undeniably exciting and overwhelming time in your life as a homeowner. With so many decisions to make, finishes to look at, and tile swatches to flip through, it can turn the heart of your home into a pain in your neck. Here, we’ll focus on the humble and hardworking sink, so that you can decide what’s best for you without all the headaches.
You generally have three choices for what your kitchen sink will be made of: stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, composites, and solid surfaces. Though you may have your heart set on a certain look, you probably want to slow down and consider how you use your sink. Do you have an absent-minded teenager that tosses their cereal bowl in every morning? Have you already bought a classy stone countertop? Questions like these will guide your decision-making much better than any design magazine could.
Consider your materials using this quick guide:
Stainless steel: A very popular surface for many of your kitchen appliances. It’s durable and easy to clean. While stainless steel sinks can be quite noisy, you can opt for a model with sound absorption.
Enamel-coated Cast-iron: Classically beautiful; You may have seen one of these in your grandmother’s kitchen. It’s important to note that enamel will chip and scratch, showing wear over time.
Solid surface: Rather than being under-mounted, these are built right into the countertop which makes for a smooth cleaning experience. Much like enamel, these are going to show some chipping after a while and you also have to watch out for heat damage.
Composite: This is a budget option. Sinks made of materials like polyester can come in fun colors, for the style-conscious homeowner. Unfortunately, these just don’t stand up to wear-and-tear like more expensive options do.
The number of bowls you have built into your sink depends on how you intend to use it, and how much countertop space you have. Kitchen sinks with double bowls are ideal for those that handwash their dishes frequently. Within this category, there are even more options with one large and one smaller bowl or sinks with an extra-large bowl and a standard-sized bowl to the side. One large, deep bowl will suffice if you find yourself in that area mainly doing food prep or cleaning bulky pots and pans.
In the wide world of faucets, it can be tricky to find the one that meets your style and function needs. There are some technical aspects that can help tremendously in guiding your decision. For example, a faucet with ceramic disk valves is going to be a real workhorse as the years go on. A spray arm attachment will make your life a whole lot easier, adding much-needed flexibility to common kitchen tasks. A simple addition like a garbage disposal, if you don’t already have one hooked up, can ensure that you avoid clogs in the future.
Choose Your Next Sink And Faucet From WalterWorks
No matter what sink or faucet you choose, WalterWorks Hardware has the expertise and supplies you need. With a wide selection of kitchen sinks and faucets from leading brands such as Waterstone, KWC, Samuel Heath, Franke, and Native Trails. We are well known throughout the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia area for our fantastic hardware and incomparable knowledge. For more information, please give us a call at (410) 263-9711 or contact us online. For more tips on choosing hardware for your home, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Houzz, Google+, and Pinterest.