Choosing A Undermount Sink in Austin
Stainless steel undermount sinks offer a modern, clean look while also offering the benefit of a hygienic workspace. Undermount sinks do not suffer the same failings as drop-in sinks where food and grime collect under their rim. Combined with the durability of stainless steel, these sinks are a winning combination.
Stainless steel sinks are available in 16, 18 and 20-gauge stainless steel. The lavatory bowls are usually made from 20-gauge stainless steel while kitchen, utility and bar sinks are made with the heavier duty, more durable 16 and 18-gauge stainless steel. Higher quality stainless steel undermount sinks will have a 15 gauge rim and 16 gauge bowl. The 16-gauge stainless steel is the most durable and is less prone to dents as well as showing water spots and scratches. All stainless steel sinks are 10 percent nickel, which makes the surface more resistant to scratches and less likely to show signs of wear and tear than a mirrored finish.
Ausitn Sinks can range in size and design. Stainless steel sinks are most commonly found as single or double bowls. Triple bowl stainless steel undermount sinks are available but harder to locate. The most common sink size available on the market is 22 by 33 inches. These sinks range in depth from 12 to 22 inches and the width ranging from 15 to 33 inches. Bowl depths range from 5 to 9 inches. If the desired sink sizes are not available for double or triple bowl sinks, the sinks can be bought as single and double bowls and combined to make customized double and triple stainless steel undermount sinks. Drain locations are located either in the back or center of the sink for all single sinks and at the back of the sink for all double stainless steel sinks. Accessories such as grates and drain strainers are available.
Due to the risk of water damage to countertops, undermount sinks models should only be installed under granite countertops, concrete countertops or other solid surface countertops such as Caesar Stone, Corian, Avonite or Fountainhead, Silestone and Quartz engineered stone. For best results, undermount sinks should be installed by an Austin Plumber.
Up Coming Trends
Homeowners are now applying more traditional and trendy styles to a stainless steel application such as textured bathroom sinks, farmhouse sinks, apron sinks, vessel sinks and wall hung sinks. Some designers are even including commercial stainless steel sinks into homes.
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