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Kitchen Faucets and Sinks
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

The kitchen sink is a key component that is essential for everyday functionality and also used to compliment the design of your kitchen. It is important to consider the wide variety of shapes, materials, and sizes that your kitchen sink can come in. Many homeowners are particularly interested in the depth of a kitchen sink. Material is also high on the importance list and prices will vary depending on which material you select. Different materials offer unique advantages and disadvantages.

For general use, the most common style is a double bowl sink, typically 33 by 22 inches in size. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose between having both bowls equal in width and depth, or make them unequal. In addition to general use, a deeper sink used for heavy clean-up is also quite common and is usually referred to as an inset sink. Make sure to browse through the different manufacturers for the design and material that works best for you.

When it comes to selecting a sink material, remember that the kitchen sink compliments the design presented by your countertops and cabinetry. Stainless steal is considered the most widely used kitchen sink material because it requires very low maintenance and is long-lasting. Other options include cast iron, enameled steal, fireclay, soapstone, solid surface and composites.

In addition to shape, size and material, other important considerations involved the frame of the sink and the way in which it is mounted. As far as framing goes, you have the option of having your sink fully framed by your countertop, or having it extend slightly outward creating the “apron front.” The way in which you decide to mount your sink will greatly affect the overall appeal of your kitchen. There are four main ways to mount a kitchen sink which include top mounting, under mount, tile in, and flush mount.

As far as faucets are concerned, there are a number of different styles to select from. Each style offers unique functionality, color and material. Materials include chrome, brass, copper, nickel, and even plastic molds. Also, faucets are made in several different designs which include compression-style, cartridge, disk and ball. Once again, it is important to browse through the different manufacturers. Some homeowners select their facets solely based on brand name.

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