If you need some help deciding how to choose a new kitchen sink, you’ve come to the right place. From size to styles to installation, we’ll cover everything including, ahem, the kitchen sink, to help you make the best choice.
The sink is the epicenter of your kitchen. Food prep, cooking and clean up all revolve around the kitchen sink so make sure it’s attractive and functional for your needs. We’re here to help you consider all the variables involved with this important decision. If you’re unsure that you’re selecting a sink that works with your kitchen or if you need help getting it installed properly, a punctual plumber is always on hand.
Do You Need a New Kitchen Sink?
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, now is a great time to upgrade your old sink for an attractive new model. There are plenty of options to enhance your new space.
If you have an old sink that’s cracked, chipped or rusted, a new sink will add a lot to your kitchen. It’s also heathier and easier to work with. If you have a sink that frequently clogs or if your kitchen sink is leaking, now is great opportunity to replace it.
Types of Kitchen Sinks
Do you want one or two basins? Large, single-basin farmhouse sinks are a popular these days, but most people tend to favor two basin sinks for washing/rinsing, dishes/ food etc.
Do you want an undermount sink that, like the name implies, mounts beneath your kitchen counter? Or do you want a more common style top mount or drop-in sink that sits on top of your counter? Do you want a corner sink designed to free up valuable counter space? Or do you have a center island where your sink will go?
There are many different looks and materials to consider. The most common types of kitchens sinks include:
- Stainless steel sinks are inexpensive and durable. They resist stains and are usually light and easy to install.
- Porcelain sprayed cast iron sinks are heavy and durable, but the porcelain can chip. Avoid using abrasive cleaners to preserve the coating. More work to install.
- Granite/ quartz composite sinks are made from crushed granite/quartz bound by a resin. They are both strong and attractive. They’re also heavier and may require extra structural support.
- Fireclay sinks are made by fusing clay at extremely hot temperatures. Their appearance is similar to cast iron sinks, but they are more durable and resist chipping or scratching.
- Copper kitchen sinks are often hand made. Like stainless steel, the are anti-microbial and hold up well. Over time they will develop a patina, like a penny.
How to Choose a Kitchen Sink
The most important consideration is: what size space do you have? If you’re replacing an existing sink, you may already have the hole cut in your counter that you need to fill. It may also dictate whether to have a drop in vs an undermount sink. If you’re installing a brand new countertop, you have a lot more flexibility.
Once you’ve determined the size, you can consider the other details like the number of basins, the type of material and the features you want. Keep in mind the size of your household. Do you wash a lot of dishes by hand including large pots? Or do you live alone and only require a small sink for cleanup?
Some of the more common features to consider are:
- Spray faucet vs separate sprayer
- Soap dispenser
- Built in drainboard
- Workstation capability
- Low divider sinks
- Rear drains
- Flat bottom
Today’s kitchen sinks offer a lot of helpful features. It’s worth taking time to consider which are best for your home. Make sure you purchase to right faucet to fit your sink. Different sizes and numbers of holes accommodate different types of faucets.
How to Install a Kitchen Sink
Sink installation depends greatly on the type of sink being installed. A stainless-steel drop-in sink is relatively easy to set into place and seal with caulking. A heavier sink may require extra structural support. Undermount sinks require more careful attention to make sure they are sealed properly against the underside of the counter.
If you’re cutting a hole in a new countertop, carefully trace the template making sure you leave 1 ½ inches between the back of the sink and the backsplash and that you align the sink parallel with the counter.
Often you can attach the faucet before mounting your sink. Once you have your sink mounted in place, you can then attach the drain and garbage disposal if you have one. Make sure you seal the drain tightly with silicone or plumber’s putty to prevent under-the-counter leaks. Likewise, make sure your waterline connections to the faucet are tightly sealed with plumber’s putty or tape and that your supply valves are in good shape. If you are connecting a dish washer, make sure those connections are sound as well and that your hose is clog-free.
Getting a sink, especially a larger one, set and properly connected is a big job. A professional plumber can make sure that the job is done properly and that all your plumbing connections are secure for years to come.
Everything and The Kitchen Sink Installed Right in Dallas
Benjamin Franklin Plumbers are proud to serve the entire Dallas metro area. If you’re looking to install a new kitchen sink and want it done right, call or contact us today. We can help make sure that you get the right sink for your kitchen and that it gets professionally installed with the punctual plumber guarantee!