Granite countertops exude luxury and classic style. Great countertops also need to be complemented by great sinks and faucets as there should be a general continuity in design. However, design isn’t the only thing you should consider. Functionality and durability is also important. Ideally, a kitchen sink should last for several years and be able to handle a lot of wear and tear. Your sense of design, the style of countertop, and your budget should be the deciding factors when you’re selecting a sink.
1) Undermount Sinks
When it comes to kitchen sinks, the undermount sink is perhaps the most popular style. It goes well with granite countertops because the heaviness of the natural stone keeps it in place. These sinks also give a seamless, undisrupted look to your countertop.
Today, undermount sinks are the natural choice. They not only look good, but are also functional. You can easily clean your countertops and slide the dirt and food crumbs straight into the sink. Moreover, these sinks come in different styles and designs, so you have no shortage of choice.
2) Top Mount Sinks
Top mounted sinks aren’t as common today as they were several years ago. People who have laminate countertops have no other option but to use them. They are marginally lower in cost but the difference is negligible enough that most people buy undermount sinks anyway.
3 ) Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is, by far, the most preferred material for kitchen sinks today. The material is durable as it doesn’t rust, chip or get damaged easily. It is generally available in two different finishes. The high-gloss finish is somewhat less popular than the satin one, mostly because scratches and wear is less apparent on it.
Stainless steel sinks come in different levels of thickness. Lower gauge sinks are thicker and more durable. Most also come with sound dampening pads. They go very well with granite countertops.
4) Composite Granite Sinks
Made from 80% crushed granite and 20% epoxy resins, these sinks are becoming increasingly popular. They come in different colors and are very durable. The can bear a very high amount of heat and are scratch resistant. You can also clean and maintain them easily. They are slightly more expensive, though manufactures are now producing more affordable composite granite sinks.
5) Enamel-Coated Cast Iron Sinks
These are very elegant, giving your kitchen a softer, more natural look compared to steel ones. These sinks used to be very popular at one point of time; but newer, more affordable and durable sinks have pushed them into the background. They’re very heavy and expensive, but fit well with granite countertops.
6) Copper Sinks
If you’re looking for elegance with a rustic, earthy feel, you should take a look at copper sinks. They come in different designs and intricate patterns can be carved on them. These sinks are also becoming increasingly popular.
For more information, you can call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or contact us and we’ll get back to you.