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Selecting Kitchen Components: Sinks


Sink shapes and sizes

No kitchen component does more jobs than the sink.  Here’s where most meals begin and end, with many a side trip during the cooking and serving processes in between.  According to your most preferred Fort Worth plumbing expert, when you shop for a new sink, its material, size, shape, and color are just some of the variables you need to consider to get the sink that’s right for your kitchen.

Stainless steel sinks are lightweight and therefore easy to install, stain-resistant, and durable.  Enameled cast iron sinks are heavy, but they resist acids, stains, scratches, chips, and dents, and they come in a rainbow of colors.  Enamel-on-steel sinks look a lot like enameled cast iron sinks but they aren’t as heavy or wear-resistant.  Generally, they cost less, too.

Corner sinks

A corner sink has an “L” shape which lets you install a double- or triple-bowl sink in a counter area that might otherwise be under-used.  Use one 13 1/2 X 16-inch basin for dishwashing, and the other for food preparation.

Sink accessories

Faucets and handles (called “brass fittings” in the trade) sometimes come with the sink, other times must be purchased separately.  Some have colored handle inserts to complement your decorating scheme.  Choose easy-to-grip fittings and accessories that operate well with wet slippery hands.  Here are your options:

  • Single-control faucets;
  • Swiveling spray spouts;
  • Strainers;
  • Pop-up drains;
  • Soap and lotion dispensers.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS:  Your new sink mounts to the countertop in either of two ways, depending on its type.  Self-rimming sinks are easiest to install because they seal directly to the countertop.