By Daniel Smith
Kitchen and bath hardware requires careful selection in order
to be in long-lasting use. One of the hardest-working fixtures
in your house is the sink. While shopping for sinks, you will
want to find ones that are durable and easy to clean, as well
as pleasing to the eye. Sinks are composed of a variety of
materials and are available in a vast selection of colors and
shades, textures and patterns at a great price range.
Appropriate choice of faucets is equally essential. It is
scanning the options for sinks and faucets that perfectly fit
your lifestyle and your design scheme.
Bathroom sinks selection has expanded along with the number
type of bathrooms in the average home. They range from tiny
wall-hung versions for the smallest of powder rooms to
elaborate dual-basin models for luxurious master baths.
Traditional baths are made of enameled cast iron or vitreous
china, more contemporary styles use metal, glass, crystal,
stone or solid-surface resins. It’s up to you to decide
you want to make a design statement or prefer durability of
Deck-mounted models, which can be set into or on top of a
vanity or a freestanding frame, allow for storage, unlike
pedestal or wall-mounted sink styles. Console sinks offer an
expanded deck space for sundries. Some bathroom sinks come
predrilled faucet holes.
Kitchen sinks are the most heavily used every day; therefore
the material a sink is made of is essential. Stainless steel
very practical (the heavier the gauge, the better); enameled
cast iron is elegant, easy to clean and available in a variety
of colors. The most durable of the choices is quartz
some prefer old-fashioned soapstone, some – new-style
Self-rimming sinks sit on the countertop, they are easy to
install but can also collect dirt at the seams. Under mount
sinks attached to the underside of the counter, stay cleaner
but are more difficult to seat. Kitchen sinks generally come
with four holes used for mounting faucets and sprayers, plus
dispensers for liquid soap, hot water, and purified water.
Faucets are one more important piece of kitchen and bathroom
hardware. You turn faucets on and off repeatedly, day after
day, for many years. So, obviously you need one that not only
looks great, but is convenient and safe and will provide
durable service for a long time.
The right type depends upon your sink a lot. Before you buy a
certain faucet you have to know the sink or countertop's hole
configuration unless you are able to drill the countertop to
suit a particular faucet. Kitchen sinks are usually designed
for single-handle faucets (these are centersets where hot and
cold are controlled by one lever or knob that's often part of
the spout). Bathroom vanity and pedestal sinks are designed
widespread faucets (with separately mounted hot- and
valves and spout), single-lever and centersets (single-handle
or double-handle types). Single-control faucets are probably
more handy both for bathroom and kitchen.
About The Author: Daniel Smith writes about Kitchen Hardware
www.hardwaretoolsonsale.com and Bath HardWare