How To Choose Granite Sinks

Selecting a sink for your granite countertops

When choosing granite sinks for a new kitchen or a remodeled kitchen, you have several choices in terms of style, material, and mounting.

Granite sink styles include undermount, drop-in (self rimming), vessel bowl, and apron or farm sink.

Stainless Steel Sinks

The most common and practical sink for granite countertops is the stainless steel, undermount bowl. 70% of all kitchen sinks are stainless steel.

Stainless steel sinks are easy to clean, require very little maintenance, do not affect the taste of food, and resist corrosion.

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks are mounted underneath the sink cutout in granite countertops and attached using silicone, glue and mechanical attachments (clips).  The sinks are sealed with silicone.

The undermount style sink shows off your granite with the sink cutout having polished sides that are visible.

You’ll find these sinks made of stainless steel, enameled cast iron, or steel, or even granite composite.  Granite composite sinks, such as Pegasus brand, are not made of granite, but rather molded from granite and resin.

Here’s how to clean stainless steel undermount sinks along with the best way I’ve found on how to clean stainless steel appliances – how to clean stainless steel appliances.

See best faucet for granite countertops for faucet selections made specifically for granite counters.

Granite Sink Quality

The quality of a stainless steel sink varies widely. Price is often an indicator of the quality and how well the sink will perform.

However, a better means of determining quality is the thickness or gauge of steel, the nickel content of the steel, sound deadening features, and finish.

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron, chromium, and nickel.  The term “stainless” refers to it’s resistance to rust.

“Gauge” refers to the thickness of the sink, the lower the number, the thicker the stainless steel. Heavier gauge sinks can help prevent denting and bowing. Thickness also contributes to noise reduction from garbage disposals and dishes or utensils hitting the sink.  As a general rule, thicker is better.  A 16 guage sink is a quality thickness.

Stainless steel sheet metal has three common grades: 304, 316 and 410. Grade 304 is the most frequently used of the three grades, valued for its ability to provide corrosion resistance and heat resistance superior to other categories of stainless.  A high quality grade of steel for a sink is 18/10, meaning 18% chromium, 10% nickel.

Franke Granite Countertop Sinks

Franke produces arguably the best stainless steel sink available.  It’s considered a “luxury” brand known for craftsmanship and uncommon quality materials.  Franke Kitchen Systems.

Check out Onyx Sinks for a selection of sinks made of this interesting stone.e

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How To Support Granite Countertops

Use granite countertop support brackets to support countertops with overhangs.  Granite, marble, and limestone can have overhangs weighing hundreds of pounds. Considering how brittle granite countertops can be, stone support brackets are imperative.

See the Granite Support Guide for videos and instructions on choosing and installing supports for your granite countertops.

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