Here are some quick facts about sinks. We get questions about these all the time...
1. Stainless Steel - these sinks should always be "304 stainless"(refers to the proper nickel/chromium content of the steel). This is the best type of Stainless for the home and what we sell.
2. Gauge of Stainless Steel - Kitchen sinks come in 18ga and 16ga. The lower the gauge the thicker the steel. However, you really only need 18 ga in most sink areas. Think about a 16 ga sink if you use lots of cast iron pots and pans. Majority of sinks we sell are 18ga and 16ga is typically more expensive.
3. Granite Composite - These sinks are gaining in popularity. Comprised of 80% granite / 20% resin, these sinks are really hard. They come in 8 colors and many shapes. Our standard sink shapes and colors are below. Please refer to the website www.blancoamerica.com for more info. All colors other than black are usually more expensive.
**OUR BRAND OF CHOICE FOR GRANITE COMPOSITE IS BLANCO.
4. Farm Sinks - These need to thought about when designing cabinets. Many customer try to change to this in the middle of construction...that doesn't really work unless you redesign your cabinets. Also, retrofitting a cabinet on an existing kitchen requires the current counters to be removed and cabinet altered. This is done so we can template with the sink in place. On remodels, this leaves homeowners without counters for several weeks till we get the new counters installed. Just something to think about!!
5. Vessel Sinks - If you want a vessel sink, the faucet needs to be purchased with the sink in mind or selected. The main reason for this is that we have to make sure the water comes out of the spigot at the proper place on the sink. We try to make the water hits the downslope of the sink to deter splashing. We must take into account sink size, faucet size(height & length), countertop size, backsplash thickness, etc...
We sell many different types of sinks for kitchens, bars, bathrooms, etc. Our most popular types for kitchens and bars are the stainless steel and granite composite. To the right is a list of our most popular sinks. We sell many more, but these tend to be the most used sinks.