When it’s time to remodel your kitchen in Forest Hill or Bel Air, there are a lot of decisions to make from appliances to countertops to flooring.
One of the most important choices is the material for your kitchen sink. From aesthetics to performance to ease of cleaning, different materials offer certain benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of the pros and cons of the best options for your kitchen sink.
Natural stone sinks can be a great look for your kitchen, whether it be marble, soapstone or granite. Stone sinks can be integrated within a stone countertop or used as a contrast to another material.
Because each sink is crafted from real stone, they each offer a unique look that preserves subtle variations in pigments and variegation. They have a long lifespan and add to your home’s value. One drawback is that if they are not properly sealed, stone sinks can be very porous and susceptible to scratching.
Quartz or other engineered stone also offers many of the same advantages and challenges.
Cast iron sinks, typically clad in white enamel, are another durable option. It’s a softer look than stainless steel, but still affordable.
When properly maintained, a cast iron sink will have a long life. While white is the most common color, other finishes are available as well – but keep in mind that you want to avoid a color that may seem dated a few years down the road.
Cast iron sinks are also heavy, so make sure your remodeler is reinforcing the cabinets to hold the extra weight.
Crafted from clay fired at extremely high temperatures, fireclay sinks resemble enamel cast iron sinks, but are more resistant to scratches, chips and other wear. They’re easy to care for and are a great option for a traditional white look.
Like cast iron sinks, they are heavy and require proper support. They also require careful handling during installation, so be sure to work with an experienced remodeler to get a quality install and avoid damage. Fireclay sinks are individually crafted, so they do cost more than the basic options.
Stainless steel is the most popular kitchen sink material for good reason – it’s resilient, easy to clean and goes with almost every kitchen style. Stainless steel sinks are stain- and heat-resistant and available in multiple finishes.
Prices vary based on a number of factors, but a quality stainless steel sink can be had for a relatively low price, making it a good way to save in the budget. Stainless steel sinks are louder than most materials (although sound-absorbing pads help) and apt to show water stains. Stainless steel sinks are more common than other options, so they won’t help set your kitchen apart from others as much as other materials.
Another popular metal option, albeit a more expensive one, is copper. These sinks are a great choice for a farmhouse style kitchen.
Copper is not only beautiful, it can also help keep you healthy. Studies show copper can kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria – a great characteristic for a kitchen sink.
It’s important to buy a model that is at least 99 percent copper (a small amount of zinc adds strength). Avoid cheaper sinks that may use less copper or thin metal that is easily damaged.
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