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Five Things to Know About Picking Out a Kitchen Sink

The kitchen may be the most popular room in any home, especially where remodeling and renovating is concerned. It makes sense given how much time people, including visitors, spend in this particular area of the home. As such, you’ll want to make sure you’re making the right choice when you purchase a kitchen sink. So here are some things to consider.

You Have a Number of Styles to Choose From

While faucets may seem simple enough, there is more than just their practical purpose to consider. For example, most people want a faucet that is as fashionable as it is functional. Today, there are almost too many styles to count where faucets are concerned. The most popular options include:

  • Traditional
  • Transitional
  • Contemporary
  • English Country
  • Asian
  • Southwestern
  • Gothic
  • Eclectic

The style of your faucet will either complete your kitchen’s look or throw if off completely. When you’re creating a new kitchen, you can choose the faucet you like best and build around it. However, if your kitchen’s aesthetic is already established, you’ll need to pick a style of faucet that will match it. Fortunately, with all the options the above list represents and so many others out there, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the model that’s right for you.

Wall Mounted Faucets Are Gaining in Popularity

Speaking of style, wall mounted faucets may be an option you want to consider. When most people think of faucets, they envision the traditional look where the device is attached to the sink. However, in recent years, many have begun favoring faucets that spring from out of the wall.

Wall mounted faucets usually come with two valves and hover over a bowl-style sink. However, single level versions are available, as well, and are often more convenient because they only take one hand to operate.

Materials Matter

While it makes sense to consider the general style of your faucet, don’t forget to think about the materials you’ll use, too. Without the right materials, any faucet style you choose will only last for a limited amount of time. Popular options include the following:

For the most part, brass and stainless steel will look the best and last the longest. The latter has always been a popular option where kitchen fixtures are concerned. Best of all, both can be used to accommodate a variety of styles.

Zinc alloys and plastic will cost far less, but their durability is sorely lacking. So, while you may save money upfront, expect to spend it all over again down the line.

Faucet Valves Have Come a Long Way

You need faucet valves to regulate the flow of water that comes out. This is obviously essential to the device’s operation. Fortunately, the easy choice for most people will be ceramic disc valves, though they tend to cost more, which is why you find them in high-end models, mostly. Compression valves used to be the most popular version, but they come with high maintenance costs and just aren’t worth it when you look at alternatives that make use of superior technology.

Hands-Free Options Now Exist for the Home

Though they were originally designed for public bathrooms, hands-free faucets can now be used in the home. When you consider all the times you approach the kitchen sink either with full hands or ones that are dirty, having a hands-free option is extremely convenient.

Don’t rush into purchasing a faucet for your kitchen without considering all the above factors. It’s too important a decision, for a number of reasons, to make without thinking it all the way through. For more information on picking out a kitchen sink or for kitchen design assistance please give Simon’s Supply a call. We will be more than happy to help.

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