Column: Navigating kitchen sink options

The Kohler Prolific sink is just one of many modern options to incorporate into your kitchen. (Submitted photo)

The Kohler Prolific sink is just one of many modern options to incorporate into your kitchen. (Submitted photo)

I would argue that selecting your sink is one of the most important decisions you will make during your kitchen remodel. Aside from the purposefulness, your sink can offer a unique design element that you may not have considered. When deciding which sink to install, you must consider many factors.

For instance, how many basins do you want? One large basin allows for prepping large quantities of food or soaking extra large pans. This option can make it difficult, however, to do several tasks at once. For example, it becomes tricky to wash hands and defrost frozen foods at the same time. If you love a large sink basin but want to be able to divide it when needed, consider purchasing a sink that offers accessories that turn one basin into two.

Aside from the basin size, you must consider what shape and style you prefer. Farmhouse sinks are gaining popularity, mostly for their apron front that offers a vintage look. They are typically one large basin and are available in a wide variety of colors. However, consider the drawback of this type of sink. The distinct look that you like now you may be stuck with later if your tastes change often.

In addition to the size and style, you will need to consider materials in your sink decision. Stainless steel is still a classic choice because it cleans easily, is very durable, and goes well with most appliances and cabinets. If you do not have a water softener you may have to battle with hard water stains but these can usually be tackled with regular cleaning. Porcelain is also an option in materials and is a great choice for people who love color. The options are endless, however they do have a tendency to chip. Granite composite sinks are gaining popularity, as they do not show hard water spots like stainless. They are made of granite particles and resist chipping, though some regular maintenance similar to countertops is required.

Whether you know what you want or not, visit our showroom at 1000 3rd Ave SW, Carmel, to talk with our staff who can talk you through all your options.

David Decker

David Decker is president of the Affordable Companies who specialize in cabinets, counters, customer showers and any type of flooring based in Carmel. Contact at 595-9540, or visit www.the-affordablecompanies.com. E-mail home improvement questions to david.decker@the-affordablecompanies.com.

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