Comparing Sinks: Stainless Steel vs Composite Granite
After comparing the differences between a top mount and an under-mount sink, now is the time to decide on the material your sink comes in! The kitchen sink comes in a variety of materials like stainless steel, fireclay, concrete, stone, porcelain etc. It all depends on your personal needs, of course, so let’s explore 2 common materials that Singaporeans usually choose for their kitchen sinks.
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A popular option due to their streamlined appearance and affordable prices, which fits many a modern kitchen.
Made from a mix of granite stone dust and acrylic resins, composite granite sinks generally cost less than one than is made from natural granite. However, they are more expensive than stainless steel sinks.
Chip and crack resistant
Highly durable, due to its non-porous nature and resistance to chips, scratches, stains and heat.
When buying stainless steel sinks, be mindful of their guage. The lower it is, the thicker the stainless steel is and less likely to dent or make noises when you shift your pots and dishes around. An ideal guage will be 16 or 18.
It comes in a wide variety of sizes, colours and styles to suit your kitchen theme. Since the sink is made from composite granite, the colour is generally more uniform and hence lacks the natural beauty of natural granite.
Easy to clean.
Be mindful when cleaning the sink as harsh chemicals can damage it.
Requires regular maintenance to remove water spots, but avoid using cleaners with chloride as they may cause corrosion. Use non-abrasive cloth or sponge to avoid scratching the sink.
Remember to rinse and wipe the sink after use to avoid a buildup of water marks. As a matter of fact, do not use abrasive cleaners, citrus cleaning products or ammonia as they will corrode the surface of the sink.
Made your decision and not sure where to get your ideal sink? You can consider visiting Teka or going online onto websites like Amazon or Overstock to buy your favourite brand. As with all major purchases, don’t forget to do your due research or you may have to pay a heavy price when replacing your sink!
If you like to learn more about sinks, you can read the full article in our Magazine – Issue 2. – Click here