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How to Choose a Sink for Granite Countertops

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How to Choose a Sink for Granite Countertops

“Everything but the kitchen sink,” is a popular expression – but do people even think twice about their sinks? The answer is a resounding “yes.” Until now, you’ve probably never given much thought to your kitchen sink. It’s just a space in your kitchen you use for washing dishes, cleaning and food prep. Right? Not exactly. Today, most homeowners are realizing that having the perfect sink for their kitchen can make all the difference.

The kitchen sink trends of today are making homeowners rethink the size, material, style and mounting of these fixtures. If you are a homeowner, there are many factors that play into the type of sink you’ll want for your kitchen. While the style and size are important, you’ll also want to think about functionality. How often do you cook at home or eat out? Do you have a dishwasher, or will you hand wash dishes? How durable is the material the sink is constructed from, and is it easy to keep clean? What are the best choices for sinks for granite countertops, as well as for quartz countertops? Will a farmhouse sink work in the size and style of your kitchen? There are so many different types of sinks to choose from. Here is a look at today’s most popular kitchen sink trends to help you decide which choice is best for your home.

Top Kitchen Sink Trends

Single Basin Sinks

Single basin sink

Single basin sinks are a great choice for smaller kitchens since they offer more space inside the sink, thus freeing up limited counter space. Single basin sinks are available in a variety of sizes. As there is no divider, cleaning larger items is more convenient. In fact, these sinks are themselves easier to clean because there are less crevices than in double basin sinks.

Double Basin Sinks

Double basin sinks

Double basin sinks are very popular with today’s homeowners and are available in a variety of sizes and configurations. These sinks work best in medium-to-larger kitchens, and all operations are covered – washing, rinsing and draining. The one drawback is that either side of the basin can be too small for washing larger items like cookie sheets or large casserole dishes. Pictured in the kitchen above, from Granite and Trend Transformations, is the BLANCO Silgranit® Diamond Double Basin sink, in gray with a slightly dropped divider – a perfect combination of single and double basin sinks.

Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse sink

Farmhouse sinks not only lend charm to a country style rustic kitchen, but homeowners love them for their deep basins and exposed fronts, which make them extremely functional and easy for cleaning large pots and pans. Farmhouse sinks are ideal for larger kitchens. Installing this sink in a smaller kitchen can cause flow and space issues. Because of their sturdy construction, farmhouse sinks are often more expensive and require more work to install. Sometimes, countertops need to be specifically configured to accommodate a farmhouse sink.

Mounting Options

Overmount/Top-Mount Sinks

Overmount sink

An overmount sink, also known as top mount or drop-in, is “dropped” into a hole made in the countertop during installation and held in place by a lip that hangs over the countertop. All the weight of the sink is carried by the rim. This traditional mounting style is budget-friendly but has its drawbacks: Crumbs, dirt and grime can collect and become trapped under the lip, making the area unsanitary and difficult to clean.

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sink Granite Countertops

Sinks for granite countertops have the perfect partner in the undermount. Undermount sinks are installed with a support system under the countertop, which eliminates the need for the lip. While some lighter sinks, like those made of stainless steel, can be installed with just glue and don’t require a support system, it should be noted that any Silgranit® or composite sink will require support. Undermount sinks are among the most popular choices, as they offer a sleek look and allow water and crumbs to fall directly into the sink – making for a more sanitary environment and easier cleanup. If your renovation is done through Granite and Trend Transformations, we’ll help you pick the best sink for your space and cover the full installation, so you won’t have to worry about anything – all you’ll have to do is enjoy it after it’s been put in!

Material Options

Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel undermount sinkStainless steel undermount sink

Stainless steel remains a popular choice among kitchen sink trends because of its durability and versatility. It is a champion against heat and stains, and can be installed either undermounted or overmounted, and as a single or double basin. Stainless steel complements granite and quartz countertops beautifully and is also more cost-effective than other materials. The drawback to stainless steel sinks is they scratch more easily than Silgranit® sinks and can be more difficult to keep clean.

Silgranit® or Granite Composite Sinks

Silgranit sink Coumtertops

Granite composite or Silgranit® sinks are workhorses in even the busiest kitchens. They are made from a combination of crushed granite or quartz (approximately 80 percent) and a resin filler, which makes them tough, long-lasting and seamless. The sink pictured above, available directly from Granite and Trend Transformations, is a Silgranit® sink by BLANCO. This is one of the best sinks on the market. It is scratch, stain and heat-resistant and extremely easy to clean with just a scouring sponge and water. Silgranit® is also the perfect pairing with sinks for granite countertops or quartz countertops.

Fireclay and Cast Iron Sinks

Kitchen Sink Trends
Fireclay sink – image courtesy of BLANCO
Cast iron sink
Cast iron sink – image courtesy of Lowe’s

Fireclay sinks and cast iron sinks are two other popular sink materials, which come with their own set of pros and cons. Fireclay sinks are nonporous and fairly chip-resistant, but come in limited sizes and colors. They are typically more expensive than other sink options. Cast iron sinks are durable and available in a broad range of colors. They are quite heavy and require support due to their weight. They are also susceptible to stains.

There is a host of decisions that go into a kitchen renovation. Have you chosen everything but the kitchen sink? Granite and Trend Transformations offer a wide selection of stainless steel sinks and beautiful BLANCO Silgranit® sink options for your kitchen. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. With many installations completed in as little as a day, getting your dream kitchen is closer than you think.

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