Frequently Asked Questions
What is "Gauge"? Why is 18/10 chrome-nickel content the best materials for a stainless steel kitchen sink?
"Gauge" often confuses many people. "The lower the number, the better"
The gauge number refers to the number of times they've forced the stainless steel sheet to go through a narrow gap. Each subsequent gap is smaller. A lower gauge number means it has thicker materials, which should be quieter and sturdier. You simply need to be aware of your choice when it comes to steel quality based on the gauge number. The thicker the steel, the better, as this makes it sturdier given the quality. This means increased chances of avoiding dents and breakage. The 18% chrome is for exceptional luster, and protection from corrosion. The 10% nickel content is for the ultimate durability.
What is the difference between Under-mount Sink and Top-mount Sink?
The sink mounts underneath the counter-top giving you a sleek, seamless look, easy to clean and maintain.
They are quite heavy and they need a stable and solid foundation to keep them intact like granite or other solid stone countertops. You will require professional assistance when installing this type of sinks.
This sink is referred to as drop-in or self-rimming. They are easy to install but are easily suspectible to have grime that builds up around the edge where it meets the counter-top. It will require periodic caulking around the edges in order to keep it clean.
Why going with the cheaper sink is not a good idea?
After years of use, there will be a time to retire the old sink and get another one. Your kitchen sink is a piece of plumbing that is used daily that deserves to be crafted of quality materials. Buying a sink based only on the price will cause additional expenses, due to having to replace the unit much more often.
How to Select Best Stainless Steel Sink?
When you are planning to remodel your old kitchen or to decorate the kitchen of your new house, then you should first decide on a budget. Stainless sinks are expensive and one should have an idea about the money they would be willing to spend for a stainless steel sink. The thickness and style of stainless steel sinks should be decided depending on the price they can afford, but stainless steel can scratch easily and intensify the sound of running water and the garbage disposal. It can also dent, if a very heavy object (such as a cast-iron pot) is dropped on it. If you choose stainless steel, ask about the gauge (or thickness of the material) for the model you are considering. A lower gauge number indicates thicker material, which should be sturdier and quieter. Also, look for an undercoating that further muffles sound.
Double-bowl sinks are common these days, but many renovated kitchens now feature sinks with three bowls (often two large ones for everyday use and a smaller one for the garbage disposal). The third bowl doesn't have to be in the middle; some models place it in the corner or on the side, making the main bowls easier to reach. Another popular option is an extra-deep bowl on one or both sides - perfect for washing large pots. Specially shaped sinks are available for corner placement, and small models are perfect for use on wet bars or side counters in the kitchen. Some homeowners choose a small sink with a built-in filter for drinking, and a larger one for cleaning and other everyday uses.
The other thing that you need to know is how the stainless steel sink is installed. Sinks can be attached above the countertop (top-mounted), below it (under-mounted), or level with it (flush-mounted).