Granite Sinks: Functionality and Style in One

13 Apr 2021
Dana Grace
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The kitchen is one of the most frequent and hard-working rooms in the house and a focal point for all things family and food. Therefore, effective kitchen design is needed to meet every aspect of your daily life. But more importantly, the kitchen is the heart of the home and as such, it sets the tone for your living space.

Whether you’re planning your brand new kitchen or remodelling the old one, every little section of the design matters. Focus on areas that require more attention and slowly move to the tiniest details to complete the look. There are many decisions you’ll have to make from choosing the right flooring solution to selecting accent pieces that will set the tone of your kitchen. That being said, the kitchen sink is the most important finishing touch, providing both function and style to the entire space.

But choosing the right one can be a daunting task, given the variety of materials and styles available on the market. And it’s always a good idea to choose your sink first and design your kitchen layout around it and create optimal and functional use of space for your daily needs, from food preparation to washing the dishes.

The sink manufacturing technology has developed many new styles and configurations of kitchen sinks lately. If you’re looking for an alternative to stainless steel or porcelain sinks, granite sinks are a great choice and offer a lot of benefits.

Why Choose a Granite Sink?

picture of modern brown kitchen granite sink
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Composed of a carefully curated blend of natural stone and resin, granite kitchen sinks can stand up heavy use and offer a luxurious and stylish vibe to your space. Not only that they are sturdy and hardwearing, but they are stylish and can easily enhance the look of your kitchen. They can complement most countertop materials, so you can choose from a variety of beautiful and durable granite sinks available in different shapes, sizes, styles and finishes.

The material is long-lasting, scratch-resistant and can withstand extreme heat, abrasion and chemical weathering. Granite is the most scratch-resistant sink material on the market these days and even though it might seem like a big investment at first, it pays off in the long term.

Additionally, there might be an extra installation cost that you may need to consider as granite kitchen sinks are very heavy. For that reason, hiring a professional to do the job may be a good choice to ensure the installation is done right, so you can enjoy the benefits of a granite sink and you won’t have to replace it for many years.

Granite sinks are available in matte finishes and you can choose a white or black granite sink, as these are the most common options out there. If you have hard water at your home, a black sink may show the residue, so you may want to consider a white sink instead.

picture of a modern kitchen granite sink
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Depending on your style and preferences you can opt for a top-mounted or under-mounted kitchen sink. A top-mounted sink requires a simple and easy installation process and since the rim is visible, it allows for easy cleaning. Also, it prevents bits of food from getting under the edge of the sink and develop bacteria and mould. Additionally, it’s a good solution if you need more storage space underneath the sink.

An under-mounted kitchen sink, on the other hand, may require a bit more complex installation process, but once it’s done, it provides a sleek and modern appearance. It’s a great solution for a small kitchen as the countertop extends to the sink and you get more food preparation space and an easy clean-up option. Food and spills can be cleaned directly into the sink, but you need to make sure no to fill the sink.

If you’re working with limited kitchen space, you don’t want to overwhelm the room. In that case, a single basin sink is your best option to enhance functionality and free up your workspace. Also, it requires less maintenance as there are fewer edges and sides to clean.

But if your kitchen space allows it, you can go with a double basin sink for more flexibility and a neater appearance. It will help you separate dirty dishes or oversized cooking utensils from useable sink space. You could easily wash your dishes by using one sink bowl for soap washing and the other one for rinsing.

Are Granite Sinks Hard to Keep Clean?

picture of kitchen with granite sink
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Even though granite kitchen sinks are hardwearing and long-lasting, a little bit of daily care can help you keep your granite sink looking as good as the day you got it. With proper cleaning and care, your granite sink can look great for years to come.

It’s important to avoid scouring liquid or powder as they may scratch the surface and make it more sustainable to stains and bacteria growth. And we all know bacteria can spread quickly, especially in the kitchen. Avoid using powerful alkaline liquids and chemical drain cleaners as well.

To prevent stains as well as bacteria and germs build-up, you can clean the surface with a nylon brush or sponge and soapy water. Brush in a circular motion and then rinse thoroughly. After the rinsing, dry the sink to prevent film build-up from hard water deposits.