Your sink is one of the most utilitarian additions to your kitchen. It's the center for cleaning dishes and the kitchen itself. The sink is also where you fill pots and water bottles, rinse produce and wash your hands. All these jobs don't mean a kitchen has to be utilitarian in design, though. Choose a sink that complements your kitchen remodel.
The most basic style of sink is one with its own rim. Also called a flush-mount sink, the rimmed sink is a self-contained style that's simply dropped into a hole in the counter. Contractors caulk around the edges to seal it. This sink typically comes in stainless steel and features either one or two basins. The self-rimmed sink works well if you want the backsplash or the countertop to be the focal point of the area.
Another sink typically constructed of stainless steel is the undermount sink. This style is attached from the bottom. The countertop provides the rim, meaning contractors have to be precise in their measurements. This style also comes with both single and double basins. Not only does an undermount sink make cleanup easy since there are no edges to get in the way, the sink lets both the countertop and the faucet take center stage.
An apron-front or farm-style sink is similar to an undermount sink in that it's dropped down below the level of the countertop. However, the distinctive aspect of a farm-style sink is its apron front. The front is typically as deep as the basin – and the basin is extra deep.
The farm-style sink offers a sleek profile in your counter design. White is the most common color, but apron-front sinks also come in hues ranging from subtle beige to bright green. If you choose a farmhouse sink, especially in a bright color, the countertop and backsplash need to be understated.
While self-rimmed and undermount sinks typically come only in stainless steel, apron-front sinks offer different material options. Enameled cast iron is the classic and it's also the most common material.
Composite granite is another apron-front option. According to Better Homes and Gardens, the main advantages of a composite granite sink are that they're resistant to heat and scratches, and they come in several color choices. Composite granite sinks work well if you have natural wood or white cabinets, a plain backsplash and neutral-colored countertops.
Apron-front sinks also come in metals such as stainless steel, cast iron and bronze. These sinks are very durable and relatively easy to clean. The expanse of metal offers an industrial profile that works well in modern sinks.
When selecting a sink for your kitchen remodel, decide if a basic style or a distinctive apron-front sink better fits your design. Contact a local professional, such as one from Bob Carroll Building Contractor, for further assistance.