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When you decorate or remold your kitchen, choosing a right kitchen sink is very important and necessary. The shape, size, materials as well as price are all need considered.

Shape, Size and Style
Kitchen sinks come in many size and shape configuration. When you perpare to buy kitchen sink, you need to learn the measurement of the sink including the depth (front to back), the width (left-to-right) and the bowl depth, which is commonly 6, 8 or 12 inches.Sink style can also be an option. A classic farm sink is typically a deeper sink and features an exposed front apron.

Material of  kitchen sinks
Once you choose the shape and size of your sink based on function, your next decision lies in the wide array of available materials.

Stainless steel, a material that has been popular since the 1950s, is sleek, contemporary, and stain resistant. The thickest and most durable steel is 18 gauge; thinner, 20- and 22-gauge steel is more prone to scratches, dents, and even punctures.

Enamel-on-cast-iron sinks resemble enamel on steel but are more durable and more popular, although the weight of a cast-iron sink requires hefty counters. Enamel sinks come in a wide assortment of colors, including white, the classic favorite, and colors that make a contemporary fashion statement.

Quartz composite sinks, a relatively new material, feature color all the way through, good color choices, and the option of a realistic granite look. Like solid surfacing, quartz composite is both stain- and scratch-resistant.

Solid-surfacing sinks are rimless and are seamlessly fused to the adjacent solid-surfacing counter. A handsome contemporary solution that’s relatively easy to clean and repair, solid surfacing offers good color selection and color that goes all the way through. Solid-surfacing sinks cost more than metal ones and require professional installation.

Surface Mount, Flush Mount and Under-Mount Sinks
 Top-mounted (or drop-in) sinks are dropped into a space left in the countertop. The sink rests slightly elevated above the surface of the countertop, leaving a lip.Top-mounted sinks are held in place with clamps and screws and caulked underneath the lip to ensure a watertight seal.

Flush-mounted sinks rest level with the counter, which can create a uniform, integrated look. They are common choices for tiled counters and allow for easier countertop cleaning.

Under-mount sinks sit slightly below the surface of the counter. These are more difficult installations and are suited for solid surface or real stone countertops. Under-mounted sinks leave the edge of the countertop exposed and allow for easy cleaning of the counter.

Waste disposers of kitchen sink:Food waste disposers are considered basic in many kitchen remodelings. Choose either continuous feed, operated by an on/off switch under the sink cabinet or on the wall; or batch feed, activated once the stopper is securely closed and turned. Continuous-feed units are more readily available and less expensive than batch-feed models but are more costly to install. Neither one is “better” than the other; it’s a matter of personal choice and preference.

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