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Kitchen Faucets and Sinks
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