Sinks and Faucets. Thursday , February 01st , 2018 - 08:59:27 AM
There are many kitchen sink materials to choose from, including stainless-steel, enameled cast iron, fireclay, quartz silicate and solid surface. A high-quality, 18-gauge stainless-steel sink will take a lot of abuse. Enameled cast iron has endless options for shiny colors. Solid surface or quartz silicate is better at resisting scratches. Solid fireclay is just as durable, but limited in regard to color choices.
Soapstone has been used to make sinks for hundreds of years. It‘s called soapstone because it feels soft to the touch, but don‘t let that fool you. It‘s the densest of the stones used for sinks; it won‘t stain or etch, and it‘s heat-resistant. It does require oiling to maintain an even, dark charcoal color, but that‘s the only thing you have to worry about.
Every kitchen needs a sink and faucet. When it comes to selecting these staples, style is secondary, says Max Isley, owner of Hampton Kitchens in Raleigh, N.C., and a National Kitchen and Bath Association board member.
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