When choosing a sink for your kitchen,consider color,shape and material.

Select a sink that will support the way your kitchen functions as well as the things you perform most often.

An undermount or drop-in application is typically decided once the counter top has been selected since the material chosen can limit which sink you can use.

The most popular sink today is still stainless steel, however solid surface,granite and composite stone have moved up in the rankings.

Stainless steel is the most popular because of its durability,cost and ease of maintenance. It comes in different gauges so remember the lower the number, the thicker the steel. Any gauge higher than 18 should not be used because of the thinness.  An undercoating applied to the underside is a good idea as this reduces (muffles) sounds so the sink isn't too noisey.

Solid surface (Corian/Affinity) are very easy to clean and maintain and create a seamless integration so there is no place for dirt to accumulate underneath or in between the two surfaces.

Composite stones made of granite,quartz and slate are becoming more noticeable in homes today. They are an extremely hard material that do not scratch easily and are warm to the touch.

Top mount or drop-in sinks are the easiest to install, but take the time to seal the edges well to prevent dirt and water from getting underneath them.

Undermount sinks require more expertise to install but are generally cleaner and easy to maintain.

Apron/farmhouse sinks have found a big surge in the market place especially in the kitchen with a country/rustic feel. They are generally deeper than average, faucets are mounted behind the sink directly onto the countertop.

When choosing a sink you should consider the faucet as well; How much space is there necessary for them? How many holes do you need to drill?

Remember even the best sink or faucet can have issues if not installed correctly. Take the time to ensure it has been installed properly and your sink and faucet should last a very long time without problems.

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