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Metal Sink Materials

Metal is the most durable material you can use for you sink including Stainless Steel and Copper. Stainless Steel is indestructible to normal wear and tear; it will not chip, nick, crack, rust, stain or fade. It is inexpensive, and is also commonly used for wet bars. It is recommended to use 18-20 gauge steel. The lower the gauge the heavier and more durable this material is. The thicker the gauge the more it is able to maintain water temperature and sound deadening. And cleaning this kind of sink is easy. Often cleaning it with a scotch bright pad and Bon Ami or just a steel cleaner will do the job.

Copper doesn’t handle the heat really well. You don’t want to put hot pots or pans in this type of sink because it will cause distortion. Copper also oxidizes and will obtain patina; this causes the metal to change color. It is a soft metal, therefore not as durable as steel. Cleaning this type of sink is just as easy though. You use a soft cloth to clean with, and if it gets scratched you can polish or sand it out.

Cast Iron and Brass are also metal materials for sinks. Brass, found in the 13th century, is soft, as it can get scratched, scuffed and dented easy, but overall it is durable. Use a mild detergent and soft cloth to clean this material.

Cast Iron is extremely heavy and the most durable option for sink and bathtub fixtures. The thicker the material the more resistant it is to acids and it provides protection against chipping, scratches, and dents. This material can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. You can use finishes like polished finish, which makes the metal shiny and smooth, or satin, which creates a brushed appearance. Satin Polish is resistant to water stains and calcium deposits, and Antique polish wears away at an uneven rate. Steel sinks can be plated with nine different finishes, some of which are, Satin Brass, Polished nickel, Antique pewter, Polished gold, or bronze.

If durability is your main concern when it comes to choosing the kitchen sink, then metal is the way to go. Not only will metal kitchen sinks withstand the test of time, but there are several types of metal to choose from—not to mention a plethora of attractive finishes. Here is some more information.

Costs

The average cost of a metal sink depends on the type of metal used, the size and quality of materials. The price of a stainless steel sink, for instance, can range from $40-$450. Contact a local installer for price quotes and more information.

Pros

Metal is extremely durable and will not chip or crack like other materials.

There are several types of metal that can be used for a sink, each with a unique look and feel.

Keeping metal clean is generally very easy.

Cons

Metal can also show dry water and mineral spots unless it is routinely wiped down.

Certain types of metal don’t handle extreme heat very well.

Metal tends to show scratches easily.

Durability

Often the sink material of choice in restaurants, metal kitchen sinks are extremely durable—possibly the most durable option available. Stainless steel may be the leader when it comes to durability since it won’t chip, nick, crack, rust, stain or fade.

Maintenance

The maintenance required of a metal sink depends on the type of metal used, although a cleaning solution of non-abrasive soap and water applied with a soft cloth should do the trick.

Common Questions and Answers

What are some of the main differences between the types of metal available for kitchen sinks?

Stainless steel is indestructible to normal wear and tear and is rather inexpensive. Copper, on the other hand, doesn’t handle heat very well and t

What type of finish should be used on a metal sink?

That depends on the type of look you are going for. You can use finishes like polished finish, which makes the metal shiny and smooth, or satin which creates a brushed appearance. Satin polish is resistant to water stains and calcium deposits, and antique



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