What Kitchen Materials & Design Options Do I Have?

What Kitchen Materials Do Barbury Kitchens Offer?

Stainless-steel kitchen sinks

A stainless-steel sink is the most commonly used kitchen sink. Stainless-steel can be a cost-effective sink option, although some of the leading brands would be expensive. These come as inset or undermounted (these terms are explained just below). Stainless steel might be louder than other materials, most sinks are coated underneath help reduce the noise, if stainless steel is your preferred sink, make sure it has this. Stainless steel kitchen sinks can scratch more easily than other materials, it’s also worth remembering if you live in an area with hardwater, limescale will show and it can be difficult to keep them looking like new.

Ceramic kitchen sinks

These are made by molding clay into a sink shape and then glazing this with a porcelain enamel and firing the completed sing in a kiln. The end product produced is very strong, however the sink can be easily chipped if you drop something in or on it. Ceramic sinks come in many styles, the most common is the “Belfast, Farmhouse” style. These are a popular choice for their traditional and timeless styling.

Cast iron kitchen sinks

The glossy enamel finish still appeals to many people. Its in the name, these are made from cast iron and finished with a colored porcelain enamel. Although a very tough, stain and scratch resistant sink, the enamel finish is melted glass. This is very easy to clean, they can chip if you drop something on the sink and if the iron is exposed, this area will rust. These sinks are one of the heaviest available, when choosing your units and worktops, make sure you take this into consideration.

Composite kitchen sinks

Commonly called Granite or Quartz composite sinks and made by combining crushed granite or quartz with a resin filler, usually in the ratio of 80% stone, 20% resin. This gives the look and feel of real Granite or Quartz and will be easier to maintain. These sinks are very stain and heat resistant, a great choice if you want something that looks good with little wear and tear over the years.

Other kitchen sink materials

The materials above are the most commonly used by sink manufacturers, but there are many more. Copper, glass, marble, granite are just a few of the other materials that can be used. Each has its benefits and drawbacks – to avoid  buying a sink that could have maintenance or durability issues, be sure to do your research or ask Barbury Kitchens for advice.


Types of kitchen sinks explained

Kitchen sinks come in a number of basin configurations and installation types. It’s good to familiarize with this information before you start making any decisions

Single bowl kitchen sinks

Pretty much, self-explanatory, there’s not much more to be said here!

Double bowl kitchen sinks

These are a very popular choice of sink because of the flexibility they give you. If you have larger pans or trays for cooking, just make sure the bowl can accommodate these, there’s nothing more frustrating than struggling to clean a large pan in a bowl that’s too small.

Farmhouse or Belfast kitchen sinks

This type of sink is usually ceramic, available in single or double bowl options, a great choice for  a traditional  or country look kitchen and characterized by the sink front showing, creating a break in the units.

Top mounted kitchen sinks or inset

A hole is created in the work top allowing the sink to drop in. The outer edges of the sink extend over the recess creating a finished edge. This type of sink does not require any additional internal support and is relatively easy to install, a good choice for DIY ers. One of the main drawbacks here is that the join between the sink edge  and worktop can trap dirt.

Undermounted kitchen sinks

An undermounted sink is mounted underneath the counter. There is no lip or rim, which means that the edge of counter drops off directly into the sink basin. This gives a clean, modern look – better yet, water and crumbs can be wiped straight into the sink. If draining grooves are required, these are recessed directly into the worktops, several different patterns for this are available. The sink can be glued directly to the underside of the worktops, or, if this isn’t possible, would be cradled in a sub top.

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