Whether you’re having Carbine & Associates build a custom home in Middle Tennessee or you’re remodeling your kitchen from top to bottom, you need to know what you have to choose from in order to create a space you’ll adore.Kitchen Sink Buyer's Guide- Carbine & Associates

Kitchen Sink Materials

There are several materials that make fantastic kitchen sinks – particularly cast iron, stainless steel and fireclay. What you choose will likely depend on your budget, your sense of style, and whether you’re installing it yourself.

Pros of cast iron sinks: Cast iron sinks have a bright, glossy finish that’s made from melted glass. The finish is extremely strong, and it resists stains, scratches and cracks; it can hold up to everyday wear and tear just like a stainless steel sink can. They’ll last for decades with proper cleaning and care.

Drawbacks of cast iron sinks: Cast iron is downright heavy. It’s not unusual for a cast iron sink to weigh upwards of 150 pounds, so it’s not the easiest DIY project. Additionally, if the enamel chips and you don’t repair it right away, your sink will rust.

Pros of stainless steel sinks: Stainless steel sinks are very lightweight, and they’re fairly easy for a DIY install project. Most people choose stainless steel because it’s what they know; it’s easy to clean and it won’t crack.

Drawbacks of stainless steel sinks: Stainless steel sinks are susceptible to scratches, and water spots show up right away. It’s louder than other sink materials when you’re clanking pots and pans around after dinner, too.

Pros of fireclay kitchen sinks: Fireclay is a fusion of enamel and clay, which is poured into a mold and fired at extremely high temperatures. The result is an extremely durable material that doesn’t necessarily have to look like every other sink in the neighborhood.

Drawbacks of fireclay sinks: While they are sturdy, the enamel can chip if you drop a pot or break a glass. They’re traditionally more expensive than other sink materials, as well, so that might be a major factor in your decision-making process.

If you’re ready to talk about creating a custom space to call your own, call us at (615)661-9995 or contact us online. You can browse our extensive gallery of custom homes in Tennessee and have a look at our homes for sale in family-friendly neighborhoods.