Stainless steel may be one of the most commonly used materials for kitchen sinks but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option or the best option. It’s certainly a classic look that is durable and goes great with a wide variety of decorating styles, but at Mission West Kitchen & Bath we believe it’s wise to look at all your options before making a decision. Take a look at the large variety of sink options and then stop by or reach out to us at (626) 799-3503 to find the right option for your home.
Enameled cast iron sinks
You’ve likely seen this type of sink in your grandparent’s house. It’s coated in porcelain enamel and fired at a very high temperature, which makes it very hard and very durable. If you want a look that’s bright and glossy, then it may be a great option. You can also get a cast iron sink in a variety of colors.
Some of the advantages of this type of sink include the fact that it’s very durable, it’s easy to clean and maintain, it can last for decades so it’s a great investment, it takes longer to heat up but maintains that heat longer, it’s affordable, it has a beautiful finish, and it comes available in numerous colors. On the other hand, it’s also heavy and needs to be very solidly fixtured. Over time, the porcelain can chip away, which leaves the iron susceptible to rusting. Finally, it’s not compatible with most abrasive cleaners.
Available in granite and quartz, a composite sink is made of resin that’s been mixed with another substance. As a result, they’re very durable and can offer the look of natural stone but in many sizes, shapes, and colors. The main advantages of this option are that composite sinks are immune to any type of household acid and it’s resistant to scratches, chips, and water spots. They’re also a great value for the money and are generally heat resistant, depending on the one you chose.
However, there are some downsides to this option. Most notably, they are porous, which mean that they’re sensitive to certain types of stains. They’re also only available in matte finishes and they do require daily maintenance, unlike many other types of sinks.
These are very durable options and they can be the visual focal point of your kitchen. Remember that copper is essentially a living surface and it will develop a patina over time, which changes the color of the sink as time goes on. Depending on your viewpoint, this may be a negative or it could be a great advantage, as it does add character and charm. This is also a versatile option stylistically, and it’s naturally resistant to microbial growth.
On the other hand, copper sinks tend to be thinner, which means they can be more easily scratched than other options. They do require regular maintenance and many cleaning products, acids, and heat can affect the patina.
To learn more about these and other options, contact your local kitchen and bathroom design company Mission West Kitchen & Bath at (626) 799-3503.