Hi, i'm Dave with Remodel Media and for the last 13 years I've helped people put
together kitchens baths outdoor kitchens and various other home renovation
projects. Today I want to talk to you about the most common question I get in
the kitchen and that is:
"Hey Dave I want the best kitchen sink."
"The best is a relative term what do you want to do with it?"
"I want to put my dishes in it."
"True but what else are you going to do with it?
How are you going to take care of it"
There are three basic types of materials. We've got your metals
we've got your porcelains and we've got your composite stone materials. Your
metals are materials like stainless steel or copper, porcelains could be a
porcelain-enameled cast-iron sink or it could be a fire clay sink. Fire clay is
an interesting material because it's the same material all the way through and
then of course we have a newer type of material that other companies are
starting to get into here so there's some interesting designs out
there in the world and that is like material called composite stone or
composite granite composite quartz and I'll go through each of the three
materials. Now the reason people started using stainless steel as a kitchen sink
is for a couple of reasons mainly because they want a sink that is
reminiscent of a commercial kitchen they want to have it look professional.
Now the reason commercial kitchens use stainless steel is because stainless
steel will never crack it will never chip it will never fade it will never
rust at least if it's a good quality stainless something like an 18 or a 16
gauge 304 stainless. Basically something with a high nickel content something that is
going to have a little bit of a luster. The thing about stainless steel though
is it will scratch it will water spot so the question I always have is sure you
want stainless, who's going to keep it looking nice? Or do you care about it
looking nice? I've had some people tell me "I don't care" which is fine I've had
some people say "that's the maids problem" that's fine
I've had some people say "that's my wife's problem" to which I say
let me know how that works out for you. So the bottom line is stainless steel is
a beautiful material but you've got to know that something that beautiful needs
The other type of metal material is copper. Now a copper sink is
going to start out looking like a shiny copper penny and then they take
chemicals and they age it giving it this dark brown or bronze kind of a look.
The thing about copper is it will turn green around the drain and it will
probably water spot. What you can do with copper is you can shine it up like a
bright new copper penny and let it age naturally
all over again, so it's an interesting feature but again something with
maintenance or care built into it if you want it to look the way you bought it
for a longer period of time. There's waxes you can use things like that to keep
that finish from turning green and whatnot.
The next type of material are your porcelains.
So I mentioned fireclay. Firelay is a material that looks
like your porcelain enameled cast iron but the biggest difference is porcelain
enameled cast iron is literally just that it's a layer of porcelain on top of
cast iron. Which means because it's a layered material it can crack it can
chip it can fade I've seen little hairline cracks around the drain
sometimes. It's not something that's going to happen tomorrow but it's
probably going to happen five or ten years down the road. Anybody who's had a cast
iron sink for more than ten years will tell you, you always end up with these
little chips down at the bottom and it starts to kind of rust through and
that's what leads to getting them replaced. Fireclay that's not going to
happen. Now fire clay doesn't have to be an apron front you can do an undermount
or drop in sink out of fireclay, but it
is the same material all the way through and it's baked to a much higher
temperature than cast-iron, so if you want the porcelain look but you want
something that's going to be the same now and 20 years from now and it's not
going to chip or rust fireclay is an excellent material to consider. Now that
brings me to our final selection here which is a composite stone material.
Like the fireclay the composite stone is a solid material all the way through
very durable some people touch it and say it feels a little plasticy it is a
man-made material so it does have some resin in it. You can hear it on
my ring so it does have a lighter weight feel as compared to the porcelain
enameled cast iron or the fire clay material. It's also a little bit more
contemporary in it in the way it looks it's usually a more matte finish
although some of them do have some sparkle to them it's not going to be as
glossy as a fire clay or porcelain enameled cast iron. Now that brings
me to the ways you can mount a sink. So there's again three basic ways to mount
a sink. A drop in sink is a sink where the hole is cut and the sink is actually
dropped into the countertop and the fixture is installed on top of the sink.
An undermount sink is a sink where the hole is cut in the countertop and the
sink is actually mounted underneath your countertop and the fixture is usually
mounted on the countertop itself, and then you have your apron front sink like
we show over here. You've got this is an apron front sink this happens to be fire
clay but you can get them out of seeing the steel or even the composite stone
material. This is a great cool farmhouse look. You can get
some more contemporary you get some that are hand-painted in France and very
bougie. Which brings me to the three different ways to undermount a sink.
Your most typical way to undermount a kitchen sink is like this one right here
where the cutout of the kitchen sink tends to line up with the
cutout of the countertop and it's pretty much just a flush design. You can have
your sink and your countertop cut so that the edge is actually pulled away
and you see a little bit of that lip all the way around so that's called
a positive reveal. You have your neutral veil which is the flush design you have
the positive reveal, you also have a concept called negative reveal and
that's not very common in the kitchen it's a little more common in the
bathroom and the way it looks is the countertop is actually cut so it
overhangs into the sink a little bit again not very common in the kitchen but
it does happen so these are conversations you want to make sure you
have with your countertop fabricator before the sink goes in, because once
that countertop is cut you're pretty much done. Now there are three ways to
properly mount an apron front sink so we've covered the three ways you can
have the countertop reveal which is that's one way is to undermount you
can also bring it up so the countertop is going to be even with the edge of
your sink such as in this installation right here you can actually bring it up
so the countertop and the sink actually meet up right here.
It's not very common
but I do see it from time to time where the apron front
she sticks up above your countertop. The final selection to make is whether or
not you want to go with a single or a double bowl. A single bowl is great
because you've got lots of space and you can fit lots of things you don't have to
worry about pot handles sticking up like that, as opposed to a double bowl which
is obviously not as spacious. There is a third option in that category if you
want to go something in the middle and that is something with a low divide.
A low divide gives you the option to lay things flat but you also have a little
bit of a divide if you really like to do dishes by hand. Some people prefer it, I'd
rather say get a dishwasher that actually washes the dishes.
Thanks for hanging out with me today again my name is Dave.
If you have any questions drop them in the comments below.
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