Choosing a Composite Kitchen Sink
When shopping for a kitchen sink, you might get the feeling that you are limited to the same old boring styles. The most popular is stainless steel, a close second is porcelain and then enameled cast iron. However, now homeowners have a whole assortment of materials that offer the durable reliability and appealing style of expensive, custom sinks at a fraction of the cost.
Composite sinks are quickly becoming a fashionable trend among new homes, and are also the perfect addition to any kitchen that is well within any homeowner's budget.
What are Composite Sinks?
Just as the name implies, composite sinks are made from a combination of at least two different materials which gives them a distinct look and natural durability.These sinks are usually made of quartz or granite, however, there are also acrylic blends available.
All composite sinks are heat resistant and can withstand over 500 degrees, so hot pans and plates won't affect the finish when set on them.They are also less prone to dents, dings or scratches caused by silverware, sharp utensils or even dropped dishes.
Comparison to other sink materials
Every composite material has its own benefits and drawbacks. Stainless steel is usually cheaper and since it's a popular and versatile material it is used more often because it fits into any decor. However, its durability largely depends on the gauge of the metal. The thinner the steel, the more prone to dents it is. In comparison, the thicker the gauge the more expensive it is.
Cast iron sinks are tough, the enamel finish is attractive and and is resistant to heat, but they are expensive. They are also heavy to install and the enamel coating can chip over time.
On the other hand, composite sinks have the benefit of quality material, as in the case of granite, without the expense. Since composite sinks aren't made out of a complete slab of an expensive material like granite, you aren't paying full price for the same look.
Here are some examples of materials used in composite sinks:
Polyester / Acrylic
Composite sinks made out to polyester / acrylic are the softest of all the other types, making them the most prone to scratches, nicks, cuts and stains. The benefit of a polyester / acrylic composite sink is they tend to keep a glossy look, which many feel brightens their kitchen. They come in an assortment of colors and are very affordable.
Quartz composite sinks provide a much more durable surface than polyester / acrylic does since they are made from a combination of 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler. These sinks can resist everyday cuts, scuffs and dents. They can also stand up to harsh cleaning materials and resist stains that other sinks don't. They are also available in a variety of colors that will fit most kitchen decors.
The most scratch resistant material available today is a granite-based composite. New to the U.S. but already available in Europe, you may pay a little more for them, but they are the most durable composite sinks available.The high density of rock particles at the sink's surface is the reason for this level of durability. However, homeowners who want a glossy finish on their sink won't want to choose a granite-based sink because they are only available in a matte finish.
FaucetDepot carries a large selection of durable and long lasting composite kitchen sinks at the best prices around. We are one of the top retailers of sinks from the finest manufacturers in the industry including Blanco, Franke and Elkay, to name only a few. Our sinks will hold their finish and stand up to the most rigorous usage for years to come.