Your kitchen sink is a pivotal appliance in your kitchen. It is used for dish washing, meal prep, washing clothes, washing dirty hands, and even an occasional baby from time to time.
The only thing that rivals the uses of your kitchen sink is the options available when it comes to choosing which kitchen sink to install.
The two most popular options for kitchen sinks are porcelain and stainless-steel. With all the style options available, which material do you choose? That is why we are here, we can help you determine the best sink material based on your preferences and uses. After all, we have installed hundreds on kitchen sinks all across Southeast Texas, and we have the scoop on in choosing all the right materials for your kitchen. We analyzed strength, cost, maintenance, installation options of these two leading sink materials and thought we would share our findings in helping you determine which meets your needs best.
Both stainless-steel and porcelain kitchen sinks will last about 15 years or so, depending on how well they are maintained. Stainless-steel sink strength is determined by the gauge of steel used in its construction. The lower the gauge, the thicker the stainless-steel will be. Brushed or weathered finishes are the best as to hide any surface scratches.
Porcelain sinks are of two types. A solid porcelain sinks and its stronger counterpart; porcelain cast over steel or iron. Porcelain can be chipped or scratched by sharp corner coming into contact with the porcelain surface. Some cleaning solutions should be avoided when cleaning a porcelain sink. Bleach and acidic solutions should not be allowed to sit for extended periods of time.
Stainless-steel kitchen sinks are generally more affordable than porcelain kitchen sinks. Manufacturing, packaging and transporting are easier with stainless-steel making which allows them to start at around $200 at most big box retailers.
Porcelain kitchen sinks start at around $300, wich undermount models being slightly higher. Farmhouse and apron style kitchen sinks are among the most trendy styles, and you can expect to pay slightly higher prices for those designs.
Stainless-steel kitchen sinks are generally easier to install due to the sheer weight of the sink. Top mount and self-rimming stainless-steel sinks can be installed by most home owners, but an undermount sink style requires more extensive expertise to install.
Porcelain kitchen sinks require a more advanced skill set to deal with the weight of the sinks. Undermount porcelain sinks require supporting structures to distribute the weight properly.
Mild cleaning solutions, warm water and even a little lemon juice can keep your stainless-steel kitchen sink clean. Pumice style cleaners, chlorine-based cleaners and abrasive scrubbers or sponges will scratch stainless-steel rather easily.
Porcelain kitchen sinks are easy to maintain as well. Staining your porcelain sink is easy with food or liquids that are colored. Wine, juices, grease, dried stuck on food can permanently stain a porcelain kitchen sink. Although it may be a softer material, the sink can be resurfaced to rid the sink of scratches and stains.
When we advise our clients on kitchen sink selection, we always choose a design based on the budget of the project. We want to make sure that we stay on target for your budget, and deliver the finished remodel on time.
For a free consultation, give us a call at 281-855-3400 or fill out the information below and one of our kitchen remodel experts will contact you as soon as possible.