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That Sink”ing” Feeling…

Posted by Mark Bell on October 5, 2020
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One of the most used and least appreciated item in the kitchen, and one we couldn’t do without. From filling the kettle and rinsing fruit and vegies, to soaking pots and scrubbing plates, the kitchen sink gets more attention than a Kardashian. So when building (or renovating) it’s worth considering all the options to find the perfect style and fit for you.

There are three (3) types of sinks available…

Inset- Inset basins are the most popular, as they’re both durable and inexpensive. Tapware can also be mounted to the sink itself.

Undermounts- Tucked under the benchtop for a minimalist look, undermounts make cleaning a cinch, as cooking spills can be easily wiped from the bench straight into the bowl. However, undermount sinks can only be attached to a solid surface, such as stone, granite or marble.

Flushmount- For the ultimate in streamlined style, a relatively new option is the flushmount sink, where the stone benchtop is carefully routed to allow the sink’s edges to sit level with the worktop. The seamless transition between the bench and sink maximises the usable work space and, best of all, its smooth surface is a dream to clean. The high-end look is reflected in the price tag, however, with flushmounts typically more expensive to buy and install.

Ok, now we know about the types…lets talk materials!

Enamel

Pros: Made from a heavy, cast-iron base covered with a lustrous enamelled finish, butler sinks boast rustic charm. Often large and placed at the edge of the bench, they’re also ergonomic and easy to clean.

Cons: Enamel sinks are hefty, so often require reinforced cabinetry to support the considerable weight. The other thing is that over time the enamel can also wear away, so it’s best to avoid abrasive cleaners and take care to avoid chipping the finish.

Stainless Steel

Pros: A brilliant all-rounder, stainless steel is durable, hygienic, easy to clean and affordable. It’s also available in a variety of colours, such as copper, gold and gunmetal, which can make a great statement.

Cons: Scratches may irk fastidious owners, so it’s best to opt for a brushed finish to help disguise imperfections. Low-quality stainless steel sinks can also be quite noisy when cleaning dishes, so look for a thicker steel with good sound insulation.

Composite

Pros: Typically made from a granite, quartz and resin composite, this heavy-duty material is scratch proof, stain resistant and UV stable. Nanogranite versions also come with an antibacterial nano-clean finish that repels bacteria-causing dirt, making them incredibly hygienic.

Cons: Boiling water has been known to crack composite, and water marks can be an issue in dark bowls.

All in all, the sink should be something that is highly considered, thinking of how you use the kitchen and the overall style of the kitchen.As part of the experience we provide, we take you and sit with kitchen designers and plumbing experts, where we discuss the overall plan, concept, and they way that you will use the kitchen… We like to get things right for you!

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