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A COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT KITCHEN SINK MATERIALS

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When comparing the sinks available in today’s market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choices. In this article, we will be breaking down all of the kitchen sink materials that are available from MR Direct, including the differences between each, how to design around them, how to clean and care for them.

COPPER

Copper is a beautiful sink material that looks amazing in a rustic, industrial, or modern kitchen. They are finished by hand with a hammered texture, and develop a beautiful patina over time. Copper is naturally antimicrobial.The metal is also completely recyclable. Be aware that harsh cleaning chemicals and acidic foods may eat away at the patina. When cleaning, it is best to use just a sponge or rag and dish soap. Use a copper wax regularly if you want to protect the patina, though it will come back with time.

BAMBOO

For a modern farmhouse or modern design, bamboo’s warm, natural hues are stunning. It is also extremely eco friendly to produce because it is a grass that grows quickly enough to be harvested multiple times a year. Although bamboo is very strong, it is a natural material and will be affected by being left dirty or by being cleaned with harsh cleaning products. Avoid leaving water or substances on the surface to avoid water spots, though these can be treated.

FIRECLAY

There is no sink more iconic to the farmhouse style than a fireclay apron sink. Fireclay is a very hard and durable ceramic material that looks almost identical to enameled cast iron. Non-porous and resistant to scratching and chipping, it is very durable, especially compared to other sink materials. Fireclay is only available in white. Without proper care it is susceptible to stains, and though difficult, it can become cracked or chipped over time. The weight of the sink requires additional support, so professional installation is recommended.

STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel is the most versatile and affordable sink material, and that is perhaps why it makes up approximately 70% of sinks made today. Stainless steel sinks are available in undermount or topmount, multiple steel gauges, and multiple styles. It is extremely resistant to heat damage and also has a brushed satin finish that works to conceal small scratches that may occur over time. Though stainless steel tends to be a louder than other materials, MR Direct sinks feature a padding to help reduce the noise.

COMPOSITE GRANITE

As with stainless steel, composite granite is highly versatile and is available in just about any shape or size, as well as top or undermount style. Composite granite is also one of the more affordable sink materials—MR Direct offers twelve models in six colors. They have long-lasting durability and offer all the benefits of granite countertops. They are resistant to heat, scratches, dents, and chips. They do not need to be sealed as some other sink materials do. No preventative maintenance is needed to keep the sink looking flawless, aside from routine cleaning.

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