Kitchen sinks are plumbing fixtures with one, two or three bowls used for cleaning food, dishes or hands.
Sinks come with a faucet that supplies the cold or hot water used to wash things. They also have a drain with a strainers for draining the water or a garbage disposal for shredding food waste. Some sinks can also have a liquid soap dispenser.
Most kitchen sinks today are made of stainless steel, because of the cost, durability and ease of use. The most common stainless steel used in sinks manufacturing is the 304 series stainless steel, with a 18/10 chrome/nickel content. Most common finishes for sinks are brushed finish, satin finish, matte finish and mirror finish.
The two types of installing a kitchen sink are Undermount(bottom-mount) and Topmount(self-rimming). For the topmount installation, the hole is cut into the countertop and the sink will stay suspended by its rim. For the undermount installation, the sink will be mounted under the material by using a set of mounting hardware(clips) and waterproofing the joint between the sink and the countertop with silicone sealants.
Single bowl sinks(a category which also includes bar sinks) are mostly used for small kitchens and bars. Double bowl sinks are the most popular in most modern homes, because of the ease of use they provide. Triple bowl sinks are usually used in a large kitchen or a restaurant.
While installing a kitchen sink seems like an easy job, whether you are remodeling your kitchen or building a home, it is very important to consult a professional installer/plumber, because a simple mistake can ruin both your countertop and sinks or even the cabinet used to mount the sink in.
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AUTHOR: Andreea Ion