Even if you are not an avid home cook, you are sure to use the kitchen sink multiple times every single day. We use the kitchen sink to wash food, wash dishes, to wash our hands in between food preparation tasks and to dispose of food scraps. I’m sure you can imagine that after years of daily use, it may be time to consider upgrading that kitchen sink to something sleeker and more reliable. There are of course warning signs it may be time to replace your kitchen sink as well as multiple different styles you can choose from.
Signs It May Be Time To Replace Your Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink is often replaced as part of a complete renovation, but even if you are not in the process of renovating there are still some obvious warning signs that it may be time to replace your sink.
Normal Wear And Tear: Over time, even the most durable materials succumb to the wear and tear of daily use. The damage could range from a few dents and scratches to large cracks or separation from the surrounding countertop.
Frequent Repairs: Needing to call your plumber on a regular basis because of a clogged sink or a sink that leaks and won’t retain any water is a sure sign of needing a replacement. That, or your sink is fairly new but it gets clogged easily because of garbage disposal issues or improper plumbing installation.
Outdated Style: Again, if the style of your sink is outdated then a replacement may come as part of a complete kitchen renovation. But, if you like the style of your kitchen and simply want to update to something like stainless steel a new sink can go a long way towards elevating your space.
Kitchen Sink Style Options
There are three main styles when it comes to kitchen sinks, and dozens if not hundreds of variations to those styles once you get into details like material and color.
A drop-in or top-mount sink is the most common style found in homes because they are easy to install and to replace. A hole is cut into the top of the counter that is smaller than the outer lip of the sink, and then it is then dropped into the hole which results in an almost seamless finished look.
This style is installed underneath the countertop and is used with solid surface materials like granite. Many people enjoy this style because there is no lip or edge to the sink in which crumbs can get caught or mold can develop. You can also find inserts that allow you to cover the sink with a sheet of metal or butcher block to increase counter space and give you more surface area on which to prepare food.
Though farmhouse sinks were one of the first styles to be developed for home use, we are seeing a huge demand for it in the market because it has become increasingly trendy. This style is defined as being a single wide, deep basin in which the front lip or edge protrudes out. If you work with large stock pots or simply enjoy the aesthetic of a farmhouse sink than this may be the style for you.
If you need to have a new sink installed, please don’t hesitate to give Jolly Plumbing a call. We have over 50 years of experience here in the Colorado Springs area. We love serving our local community, and we are always here to help with any of your plumbing and heating needs. Sink installation is just one of the many services we offer, and we would love the chance to win your business.