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Why a stainless steel sink is a great choice for your kitchen

Nov 17th 2015 at 10:27 PM

Stainless steel sinks are an easy choice to make for your kitchen sink for several reasons. They are easy to clean, they look great under most conditions, they age well and they are very difficult to stain. Additionally, you don’t need to be a great designer to tell that a stainless steel kitchen sink can match almost any décor or fittings in your kitchen. Furthermore, stainless steel sinks are readily available in all shapes and sizes almost anywhere in the world that you can imagine and at quite an affordable cost. However, depending on what you are specifically looking for or need, the variety of choice with stainless steel sinks can make your choice quite daunting and confusing. With this in mind, what are the great traits that you should be looking for in a good stainless steel kitchen sink? Below are some of the considerations that you should have in mind as you go out and buy a stainless steel kitchen sink for your needs.

Before you can go out and buy what you would imagine asa cheap stainless steel sink, there are a few things that you need to consider first. First of all, there are different alloys used to make different stainless steel kitchen sinks and these can greatly determine the properties of the sink that you want to buy. In essence, the quantity or the constitution of chrome and nickel in a steel alloy is a good indicator of the quality of the alloy. The chrome component of the alloy lends the stainless steel the durability and lustre qualities while the nickel gives the steel thestrength and hardness qualities to the alloy. When buying a stainless steel sink, be aware about the constitution of these two metals in the alloy because you now know that not all stainless steel is made the same way.

Apart from the composition of the metal alloy, the thickness of the steel is an important factor to consider when making your choice for a stainless steel kitchen sink. Stainless steel as with other metals is graded according to gauges to determine the thickness of the metal. Lower gauges, for example 18-gauge stainless steel is thicker than higher gauges of the metal such as 24-gauge stainless steel. Ideally you want a good balance between a thick gauge and a thinner gauge because a thicker gauge is much more expensive, although it has much more durable qualities.Thinner gauge stainless steel is cheaper, lighter but less durable. Depending on your budget, you can make the right choice to suit your pocket and your needs.Other important aspects of the stainless steel for your consideration, that are important in making kitchen sinks include, design details like rounded edges, the depth of the sink, rear drains, openings for the faucets and so on. Additionally, sound insulation and an easy installation process for the sink are important considerations as well.

 

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