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4 Things to Know Before You Buy A Kitchen Sink
What type of kitchen sinks are available?
There are a range of different sink styles to choose from. Each type of sink has its benefits, but the style you choose will greatly depend on the size, installation and how you will use it.
- Single Basin sinks are best for general use or if space is an issue. A deeper bowl will make it easier to rinse large cookware and dishes.
- Double basin sinks are ideal for washing dishes, using one basin to wash and one to rinse.
- Triple basin sinks are growing in popularity. They are similar to double basin dinks but usually have a garbage disposal in the third basin.
- Apron sinks are set into a countertop with an exposed panel in the front and are also called “farmhouse sinks”. They add style and can be deeper than other sinks.
- Self-rimming sinks are also called drop-in or over-mounted sinks. They sit in holes cut in the top of your counter with the rim of the sink creating a seal against the surface.
- Undermount sinks are installed under the counter material and topped with the countertop material.
How do I select a faucet to go with my new sink?
Your new kitchen faucet will primarily depend on the size and configuration of your new sink. First, determine how many holes are in your sink. This will narrow down your options to those that you will be able to install. Then, if you have a double or triple basin sink, you'll want a faucet that is large enough to reach all of the basins. Make sure your faucet is the correct size of the holes drilled in your sink and that the stream of water will land in the center of the basin.
How do I keep my new sink clean?
Wiping your sink frequently with a clean, soft, damp cloth will keep away water spots. Occasionally using a non-abrasive polish will give your sink a deeper clean. Avoid abrasive cleaners or pads and chemical cleaners if your sink has a protective coating or custom finish.
What does gauge mean?
When shopping for a metal sink, you'll notice that most include a gauge measurement. The gauge refers to the thickness of metal that it's made of. A lower gauge means a thicker metal.