SIX STYLISH, DURABLE OPTIONS
- Stainless steel. If you’re looking for sleek, stainless steel is the answer. Affordable, durable and low maintenance, the only (minor) drawback is that it can be a bit noisy.
- Copper. A copper sink adds a warm and attractive focal point to a kitchen. You’ll find copper sinks in smooth or hammered finishes and a variety of patinas (which age beautifully over time). Use mild cleansers with copper, which is a natural antimicrobial, and avoid harsh cleaners.
- Cast-iron enamel. Constructed of cast iron with a glass-based glaze, cast-iron enamel sinks are timeless, pairing well in kitchens with a vintage design. Available in a variety of colors beyond white, enamel sinks are durable and not likely to crack or dent (though they can chip if you drop a heavy enough object in one). Because these sinks are heavy, you’ll need to have reinforced countertops and cabinetry.
- Fireclay. These types of sinks resemble cast-iron enamel sinks, but they’re resistant to staining and scratching. Made from clay fused with a porcelain-enamel glaze and heated to high temperatures, fireclay sinks are extremely durable. And like cast-iron enamel sinks, they’re also heavy—so plan for reinforced countertops and cabinetry to support them.
- Natural stone. Sinks made out of stone, such as granite or marble, with their natural variegations and pigmentation, make a statement in a kitchen. Stone is incredibly durable—but it’s also porous—meaning you’ll need to periodically seal your sink to prevent scratches and stains. Stone stinks also require reinforced countertops and cabinetry because of their weight.
- Composite. Composite sinks are made from blending acrylic resins with other materials, such as quartz or granite, for a stone-like appearance that’s uniform as opposed to variegated. You’ll find composite sinks in a wide assortment of colors and styles. They’re extremely durable and are non-porous (no sealing required). The only con is that extreme heat may crack or damage their surface.
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