Stainless steel sinks are finding their way into the kitchens, bathrooms and now the utility rooms of today's home. There are many reasons why stainless steel is taking over the house which includes everything from its durability, it's ease of clean, and the overall stylish look. Whether you're building, remodeling, or just sprucing up your kitchen, choosing a sink that suits your needs is crucial. Look to these guidelines which will help you make the best choice for your kitchen - for years of optimal performance and high quality appearance.
Know the Gauge
When it comes to stainless steel, knowing the gauge size is important. The thickness, called "gauge", can be determined by its number. A higher gauge metal is more susceptible to denting, vibrating and bowing. Even the simple act of placing pots and pans into the sink will cause noise from the thin metal.The lower the number, the thicker the steel. Most sinks come in 18 or 20 gauge steel, whereas a stainless steel bathroom sink by Diamond Spas comes in a luxurious 14 gauge.
When it comes to the depth of your sink, you need to consider your lifestyle. How many meals are cooked at home, how many people live in the home, and how often do you entertain? The more meals that are cooked at home usually require a deeper sink for stacking pots and pans. A custom kitchen sink can give you the options of a larger area to place prep dishes and a deeper basin to hold the dirty pots and pans.
Look to the Back
One of the most overlooked features in a sink is its underside. The undercoating of the stainless steel beauty is almost as important as the top side. Look for a thick layer of insulation which will deaden the sound of rushing water and clattering silverware. Give the sink a good tap with your knuckles to see how it takes on vibration.
Let it Drain
Sink manufactures are getting smart realizing that a rear drain is better for stacked up pots and pans. Placing a drain towards the back of the basin allows for dirty dishes to stack up in the basin without covering the drain. A drain placed toward the the back also allows for more usable space in the cabinets below.