I am doing an economy remodel, but I would like a long lasting, scratch resistant, no chip kitchen sink. What material would you recommend. I soooo dislike stainless steel, but will use it if it is relatively inexpensive and all of the above. Cast Iron sounds like it would be very durable. Composite, granite, copper, acrylic, or anything I missed. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!
For economy, your best bet will be a nice grade of stainless. Your other choices are going to be fairly pricy.
agree. but let me add this
if you cheap out and buy a 50 dollar big box stainless sink. you weill see rust around the drain hole later, AND the insulation on the bottom of it is lacking, it will sound like your filling up a wash bucket
go with a 16 gauge sink opposed to a 18 gauge
shop at your plumbing supply,compair their price to big boxThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,
Thankyou. That seems to be the opinion of many. I just really dislike it.
Thanks again. I will check out the lower guage stainless steel.
The granite looks so nice though. I wonder if it would chip?? You can't really go by the big box salespeople. They are usually unsure.
any and all marble/porcilin will chip if abused
a good kohler cast iron sink will last forever
if treated right...you cant throw a skillet in the sink...lay it in there..
imho, cast iron over ss drop in, not under counter
Thankyou everyone. I really appreciate it!!!!
you should never put a hot pan of any sort directly into a sink.
another good cast-iron sink is Eljer aka American Standard, but the Kohler line of plumbing fixtures is an icon unto itself.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
you can use cast iron in kitchen sink. its very durable and looks pretty good .. however everything has its own advantages and disadvantages. so don't be confused in choice. choose that material which comprise all the features you want. in my opinion go for cast Iron. and whatever material you use, always remember not to put any hot bowl or frying pan directly in sink.
I agree with #2 go for stainless... you'll get more for your money. Just clean it carefully.
One of the biggest trends we're seeing right now is a fireclay sink. While slightly more expensive than stainless steel, we find that the benefits of this material justify the slight cost increase. With fireclay, you get a long lasting, stain, scratch, chip kitchen sink that is also extremely stylish. It's also resistant to thermal shock, so extreme hot or cold temperatures will have a limited effect on the sink.
I hope you find the perfect sink!
Editor-in-Chief, Kitchen Bath Trends Magazine
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