Selecting Stainless Steel Sinks

Many homeowners are looking to fabricators to assist in the selection of the sink, providing those fabricators with an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and steer the homeowner towards the sink that best complements the countertop. Whether providing the homeowner with a solid surface or stone countertop, it’s important to help them select a quality sink that is not only easy to install but will also make the countertop material “pop” and deliver years of consistent performance. In addition to contributing to visually stimulating kitchens, choosing quality sinks can help eliminate call backs, increase word-of-mouth referrals and ultimately result in higher profit margins.

One very popular choice among customers is the stainless steel sink as the finishing touch for a stone or solid surface countertop. Stainless steel offers a great match for any color or material and seems to always be in style. Because navigating through the many sink options can be a daunting task, the following tips offer a help fid guide for fabricators to select the right sink shape, style and size for each unique installation.
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Durability is of utmost importance with countertop installations, as customers expect their investment to literally last for years without replacement of any components. With that in mind, it is important to note that stainless steel as sink material does not crack, chip or discolor when compared to other materials, such as enameled cast iron and vitreous china. High-quality stainless steel sinks are generally constructed of 300+ Series stainless steel, which has a makeup that provides higher resistance to rust, and gives a bright and beautiful finish while minimizing corrosion.
Another key factor is the thickness of the steel. Residential sinks usually range from 18 to 22 gauge, with the lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel and sturdier the sink. Choosing a sink of thinner or low-quality stainless steel may affect the homeowner’s satisfaction within the first six months, as the finish and sound will create noticeable deficiencies. To ensure satisfied customers, stainless steel sinks in 18 or 20 gauge are largely recommended for most applications.
By selecting stainless steel sinks from reputable manufacturers that offer quality products constructed of the appropriate thickness and type with consistent material and dimensional integrity, fabricators can rest assured they are delivering a quality sink paired with their quality top.

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