Various Materials used for Kitchen Sinks

By | March 6, 2015

A kitchen improvement project includes things from adding cabinets, counter tops, sinks and modifying the size of the room. Various materials are used in making different types of sinks. This article furnishes important information on various materials used in making them.

Various materials used for kitchen sinks
Cast iron

  • Cast iron is one of the oldest materials used for making sinks because of it’s glossy, bright, enamel finish and is still popular till date.
  • Cast iron sinks are made up by casting iron, and they receive a heavy porcelain enamel finish.
  • The enamel finish used on this type of sinks is tough and offers resistance in forming scratches and stains.
  • It is the melted glass fused with the bare iron but not the paint.
  • Porcelain enamels also offer greater resistance to fading and light.
  • Modern cast iron sinks come in varied colors and styles and are available in market. You can opt for the type that doesn’t have white enamel.

Stainless steel

  • Kitchen sinks made up of stainless steel are one among the popular ones.
  • Compared to other materials, sinks made with stainless steel cost lower.
  • Classification of stainless steel can be made in terms of gauge.
  • A higher gauge steel is lighter and a lower gauge steel is heavier. Where the heavier gauge sink is more resistant to denting and less noisy compared to that of lighter gauge sink.
  • They are highly durable, and get scratches easily when compared to other materials but they offer excellent resistance to stains and heat.
  • Spots of water show up in this type of sinks and may be difficult in keeping them look clean at all times.

Fire clay

  • Fire clay is used in making kitchen sinks by molding ceramic clay into the particular shape and is allowed to dry at high temperatures up to 40 hours.
  • Once after drying porcelain enamel is applied and the sink is placed in a kiln for 20 hours at 2000 degree F.
  • The entire process makes the enamel to get fused with the clay and thus increases the strength of both.


  • Composite sinks are usually made with a combination of quartz and granite along with a resin filler.
  • The amount of mixture varies based on the manufacturer and the product with being 70-80% of rock and 20-30% of resin.
  • These both varieties of composite sinks are highly resistant to scratches and stains along with being tough.
  • Few manufacturers claim that composite sinks made up of granite are more durable and last longer when compared to other sinks available.

Following the points discussed in the article makes it easy for you to choose the right material for your kitchen sinks that are more durable and with less maintenance.

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