After selecting your stone countertop, the next question is what kind of sink you should get. There are a number of things to consider when making this decision including the functionality of the sink, how it contributes to the style of the countertop, and, of course, what will fit into your budget. The following describes some of the more popular choices and what you should consider when making your decision.
Depending on how much use your sink will get, size does make a difference. You’ll also need to decide if you want a single basin or a dual basin. While both have their benefits, ultimately, functionality will be one of the most decisive factors regarding size.
Undermount, Overmount, or Integrated
You’ll also need to decide how you want the sink to mesh with the countertop. Undermount sinks, where the basin is installed below the countertop, is generally the most popular option for granite countertops. They allow for simple clean up in that crumbs and other debris on the countertop can be wiped directly into the basin, and they offer a much more seamless look, as to not distract from the beauty of the countertop. For a truly seamless look, the basin can be made of the same material as the countertop, in what is often called an integrated sink.
Overmount sinks are often called “drop-in” sinks as they are placed above the countertop, which supports the weight of the basin. While this is still a popular option, since the lip of the basin hangs over the countertop, clean-up is a little more challenging. The upside is that they are generally less expensive than an undermount sink, and much easier to replace if you ever want to switch it out for a different material.
Which material is right for you?
While an integrated sink made from the same material as the countertop provides a beautiful, seamless aesthetic, having a sink made from another material can do a lot to complement the countertop, and is generally less expensive. Whether you choose a undermount or overmount sink, there are a number of options for you to choose from.
One of the more popular choices is stainless steel because it looks great with granite and it is much easier to find a matching faucet than other options. It is nonporous, which makes it very hygienic, and basins with rounded corners make for very easy cleanup. While they are a more cost-effective option than some other materials, they are also easier to scratch, so a satin finish is recommended over a high gloss finish, as it does a better job of hiding any scratches.
If your sink is going to get a lot of use and abuse, granite composite is a very popular choice. Made from a mixture of epoxy resin and crushed granite, this material can handle high temperatures and are less likely to get scratched or chipped. Because it comes in a wide range of colors, the right choice of granite composite can be a great compliment to your natural stone.
Like granite composite, this material is made from resin and crushed quartz. It is easier to scratch and chip, and it is not as heat-resistant as granite composite, but it is still more durable than many of the other options. It is also usually more expensive than granite composite, but it does come in a wide range of colors and looks great as either an undermount or overmount sink.
For those going for a more elegant or vintage aesthetic, cast iron is another popular choice. It is heavy and requires an additional support structure, but they’re also quite durable. However, the visible coating, which is usually either enamel or porcelain, can be chipped, scratched, and stained fairly easily. Over the years, while the sink itself will certainly hold up, the coating will get worn and need to be refinished. Because the durability and flexibility of other materials have become more practical for heavy use, cast iron isn’t as popular as it used to be, but for those looking for that classic style, it is still an option.
We hope this information helps you in making your decision on which sink is right for you, and we know that you’ll love your refurbished kitchen. Stop by our showroom at The Granite Place today and see these options in person!