What you need to know about stainless steel Apron Front/Farm sinks, before you buy.
Apron front or farm sinks in kitchens are trending these days. They look great in pictures and can add interest to your countertops. There are some things you need to understand before you buy rather than after you cut your cabinets and have a stone countertop installed.
The apron fronts on Farm House sinks are lower in the front than the rest of the sink. In a working kitchen, water splashes as you wash or rinse dishes. Because the front is lower, water tends to spill over the front and leave water marks on the sink. The front apron will need to be wiped and cleaned more often.
The apron is also in a perfect location to be scratched by belt buckles or other hard objects on clothing.
The apron in stainless steel also tends to collect fingerprints and other marks.
The farm sink is a great sink…. as long as you understand the limitations.
If you want to add color to your kitchen or bath you can paint the walls, change countertops or cabinets, or add wall coverings or pictures. For a quick and dramatic change that you can undo just as quickly, try adding an Oriental throw rug.
Granite is a naturally occurring material and as a result is is not uniform and subject to the forces of nature. Most granite slabs, particularly those with a lot of movement and veining, will have imperfections including fissures. According to the Marble Institute of America “Fissures occur naturally in many stone types. A fissure is defined by the American Geological Institute as ‘an extensive crack, break, or fracture in the rock, which may contain mineral-bearing material.’ The term ‘fissure’ is used commerically in the stone industry to describe a visible separation along intercrystalline boundaries. This separation may start and stop within the field of the stone, or extend through and edge. A fissure differs from a crack, in that it is a naturally occurring feature in the stone.”
A crack from handling in the fabrication process due to handling or poor installation is not a fissure.
Generally the more movement in a slab the more fissure. Fissures can be repaired or filled but they will most likely be visible int he final product.
Two different forces are causing more fissures to be visible today; designers are using more dramatic slabs with a lot of movement and therefore a lot more fissures and because the price of granite has dropped so severely in recent years manufacturers are repairing more slabs instead of discarding them.
Below are a couple of excellent articles with more information.
As a supplier of sinks and faucets to the hard surface countertop industry and the Kitchen and Bath Industry, we find that there is a wide diversity of opinion on what is the best countertop. Not surprisingly the BEST countertop depends on who are you talking with and what their company sells. I found this video on YouTube and it seems to offer a product neutral assessment of the various available countertops.
This is our second article on the comparison between Gas Stoves and Electric Stoves. In the next few posts, we will share excerpts from an excellent article which appears of the Kitchen Sanity Blog. There is a link to the complete article at the end of this post.
Gas & Electric Pros And Cons
In brief, here are the pros and cons you should keep in mind when choosing between a gas stove and an electric stove.
Electric Stove Comparison
Electric Range Pros
Cleanup is quick and easy.
The surface is flat for even cooking.
Startup is quick and safe with no pilot light to worry about.
Electric ranges typically have more special features included.
An electric oven typically provides more even heat distribution than a gas oven.
Electric Range Cons
An electric range is not a “forever” appliance. Electric appliances are easier to damage than gas appliances and they tend to look banged up and shabby within a few years after purchase.
An electric range is more likely to become obsolete in features more quickly than a gas range. You can expect to need to replace an electric range in fairly short order.
It’s twice as strong as granite. Today’s rocket science: quartz is made of more quartz than granite is. That means it’s more durable. Cambria, for example, is made of 93 percent pure quartz. According to Cambria, granite contains just 40-60% quartz. This kind of durability also lets you get more creative with your countertop’s edge shapes.
There’s less maintenance involved. Quartz isn’t porous like granite is. Granite countertops need to be sealed at least once a year to prevent staining from moisture. While sealing isn’t too difficult, it’s a task you have to stay on top of. Quartz doesn’t have to be sealed, so that’s one thing you can scratch off of your long to-do list. It may be a tradeoff worth considering.
It has more style options than granite. Granite has plenty of different styles, but they all have a lot of variation. Quartz comes in patterns that mimic natural stone and patterns with little to no movement.
It’s more expensive. It isn’t often that you find quartz for less than $65 per square foot (if you do, whip out your credit card). In most instances, you’ll spend $75-$120 per square foot depending on the size of your kitchen, the brand, and the style. For the budget-conscious, granite can be the more affordable option.
You can’t install it outside. You can’t let quartz countertops sit in the sun. According to Cosentino, the surface color gets damaged when it’s exposed to rapid changes in temperature, or under long-term exposure to the sun. Quartz wouldn’t be a good idea for any kind of outdoor surface.
It has less natural beauty than granite. Imitation never beats the real deal. There are beautiful patterns found in quartz that mimics those found in granite; however, the natural beauty of granite just can’t be replicated.
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