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Kitchen Sink Options: Porcelain or Stainless?

The Kitchen Sink is the Focus of the Room

When it comes to your kitchen, you have a ton of different options.  What kind of countertops do you install?  What kind of cabinets?  How about flooring?  Appliances?  With so many options, most people overlook one of the staples that can make a big difference in the room: the kitchen sink.

Stainless Steel kitchen Sink

There are really only two options when it comes to materials for a kitchen sink: porcelain or stainless steel.  Both have their merits, and both can look beautiful.  Big Sky Homes your housing source in Billings, Montana takes a look at the pros and cons of each type.

 

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks

Stainless has grown in popularity over the past two decades.  Stainless steel appliances can be found in just about every house, and many people want to get a sink that matches.  Stainless is thought to last forever, so people often go for that option.

Stainless Sink in BillingsThe Perks of Stainless – Stainless will match nearly any décor that you have.  No need to redo paint or window trimmings to match the sink you have chosen.  If you get a satin or brushed finish your stainless sink won’t show many of the dings and scuffs that will accumulate with time.  Stainless steel sinks will last between 15 and 30 years.

The Pitfalls of Stainless – Stainless steel isn’t as durable as many people think.  And too many people opt for the cheaper sink which uses thinner steel (one that dents easily).  Stainless can be damaged using cleansers that contain chloride; it causes the steel to corrode.  Steel wool and other harsh abrasives can damage the steel.

Stainless has a lot of great perks, and it looks fantastic.  If you take care of your stainless steel sink, clean it properly, and don’t damage it by dropping heavy dishes into it, then it should last for decades.

 

Porcelain Kitchen Sinks

Porcelain sinks aren’t exactly porcelain.  Well, they are, but they are primarily cast iron, that has been coated with baked on porcelain finish.  The result is a heavy duty sink that looks great and will last for 25 to 30 years.

Porcelain Kitchen SinkThe Perks of Porcelain – Porcelain can be crafted in basically any color you can imagine.  So if you have your heart set on a lime green sink, it can be customized to match your whimsical fancies.  Porcelain has a less industrial feel, and can provide a more homely look to your kitchen.  If your sink gets chipped, scratched, or faded, it can be refinished.

The Pitfalls of Porcelain – Just like that porcelain doll your grandma had, a porcelain sink can chip and scratch.  Because of these dangers, it’s suggested that you put a rubber or stainless steel rack in the sink so heavy dishes or knives don’t fall and chip the surface.  Never allow acidic substances, like vinegar or coffee grounds to settle on the sink for long, they will etch the finish.  And of course, no rough abrasives like steel wool.

Porcelain is a popular choice because it’s durable.  And even when it has lost its luster, it can be made to look like new again.  Treating it with care will allow it to last as long, or maybe longer, than the house itself.

 

Big Sky Homes Has Custom Billings Homes

You don’t have to settle for a home you don’t like.  Bring in your ideas to Big Sky Homes, and we can get you into an affordable house that is uniquely yours.  We have some homes on our lot if you like what you see, or we can have something custom built just for you.

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