Kitchen renovation is an extensive project, which requires a major time and financial investment. There’s a lot to think of before you start, and research into what will suit your vision and your budget. We don’t want your kitchen renovation turning into an expensive, endless disaster. Our job is to make the process easy and enjoyable for you. While there are plenty of things to think about, let’s start with the kitchen sink.
Choosing Between a Steel or Stone Kitchen Sink
There are several things to consider when deciding on which kitchen sink is for you. Here are a few aspects to keep in mind:
Sink Shape & Styles
When you imagine a kitchen sink, you probably picture the traditional stainless-steel. These dominate the market for good reason. Since they are lightweight, easy to maintain and clean, there are more options for shapes and styles. Two major sink styles are defined as classic, which have rounded bowls, and rectangular, which have flat bottoms. When deciding on which type to get, make sure you consider sink corners. Sinks with sharp corners are beautiful, but they are more difficult to clean. If you’re prepared for a little extra maintenance, it’s worth it. Consider rounded corners if you prefer something low maintenance. Another thing to note is where your drain holes are.
While there are many deciding factors in what will make the best-looking sink, cost and lifestyle are important to consider as well. Consider if you have a large family, how high traffic your kitchen is, and if you have a dishwasher or not. The option of an expensive, copper or bronze sink may not be the easiest to maintain and care for if you’re serving little ones. A marble or quartz stone kitchen sink may stick out like a sore thumb in an untouched 70’s era kitchen.
Regardless of what your budget is, there can always be the possibility of buyer’s remorse. If you had your heart set on a stone kitchen sink but are considering a stainless-steel sink purely for cost-effectiveness, we can help. At Rockstella, we want to find the best solution for you. We know our stuff, so we know you have options when it comes to materials, styles and looks.
Popular Kitchen Sink Materials
Steel, iron, copper or stone kitchen sink? There are tons of possibilities for your new kitchen. You don’t have to settle for the cheapest materials or styles to get a wonderful kitchen sink that suits your style. Discover some of the most popular materials modern sinks come in, and which may be the best one for you:
- Stainless steel
Lightweight, easy to clean and inexpensive, stainless steel sinks are a classic choice for modern kitchens. Although, even high-end stainless steel isn’t immune to scratches and stains. If it’s an industrial, modern look you’re after, or even just a versatile sink option, consider a classic stainless-steel sink.
- Composite material (80% natural granite)
Composites like granite or quartz are a personal favourite of ours. Because they come in unique styles and colours, there’s a style for everyone. Compared to stainless steel, these stone kitchen sinks are incredibly durable and timeless. They are stain, scratch, and heat resistant. Stone sinks are both easy to maintain and very easy to clean. If you’re after a historical, elegant look with a hint of leisure, dive into the varieties of stone kitchen sinks.
- Cast Iron
Cast iron has a long history of being a sturdy, durable material. They are very easy to clean and maintain. Cast Iron sinks are available in various colours and finishes. We recommend a fine porcelain finish, as it always has a nice shine. As expected, cast iron sinks can be incredibly heavy. Because of this, they may need additional support from an under-mount application. If you’re after a classic look for your kitchen, discover more about cast iron sinks.
- Copper & Bronze
These types of sinks are beautiful and offer a distinctive look. They are durable and easy to clean. To maintain the best look, copper or bronze sinks may need to be polished in the future to retain bright appearance. Because of their semi-precious metal status, full copper and bronze sinks are expensive, with no way around it. However, the look will boost your kitchen’s style and value beyond what you’d ever expect. If it’s a rustic or warehouse style you’re after, we highly recommend looking into a copper or bronze kitchen sink.
Number of bowls
Historically, most kitchens in the past have featured double bowl sinks. These sinks were made with washing large loads of dishes in mind. These days, we don’t really hand wash dishes anymore, but we still wash large pots, pans and baking sheets. If double bowl is a must for you, a sink with one large and one small bowl may be a good alternative option.
Installation type: Under-mount or top–mount sinks
We recommend using an under–mount sink if your countertops are stone. In addition to its beautiful look, under mount sink will make cleaning a lot easier. Top mount sinks are easier for installation purposes and will look more classic.
Gauge is the thickness of a stainless–steel sink. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. For example:
- 18 gauge is the standard gauge for high-end, top quality sinks
- 16 & 14 gauge is mostly used for commercial sinks
- 20 gauge is considered low-end and are much lower quality, although cheaper