Material Choices Available for Kitchen Sinks
Kitchen sinks are something that we don't think about. Everybody has one. It may even be original to the home; many old sinks were made from cast iron with a porcelain or enamel coating-built to last. These types are still available, but there have been many advances in materials over the last twenty years, and there are now even better options. If you are considering replacing your sink, one of the choices you will have to make is what kind of material to use. There are several different options, which will be covered below.
Stainless steel kitchen sinks
Stainless steel kitchen sinks are a very popular option in remodeling & new construction. Stainless steel is heat resistant, non-porous so it doesn't stain, fairly scratch-resistant and easy to clean. They are also eco-friendly because old ones can be recycled-many home improvement stores offer this service. This is also one of the most affordable materials available and with proper cleaning, will last for years.
Stone kitchen sinks
There has been an upswing in the popularity of stone kitchen sinks lately. With more and more homeowners wanting to use "natural" materials, stone has become a logical choice. This is not a new idea, however, sinks have been made from stone since their inception, but other materials surpassed their popularity. <P>Granite is a good choice for the kitchen, as well as soapstone. Both are non-porous (non-staining) and scratch and heat resistant. Another choice is limestone, which is fun to look at in and of itself. Because it is more porous than the other options, it needs to be sealed with a stone sealant. If you do this, it could conceivably last for a hundred years or more.
Glass kitchen sinks
One more material available for kitchen sinks is glass. When glass is tempered in certain ways, it becomes practically unbreakable. Pair that with a hypo-allergenic, non-staining surface, not to mention the countless colors and styles available and you have may have your dream sink. But��this fabulous material comes at a fabulous price, anywhere from $500 to over $2000.