Best Gauge for a Stainless Steel Sink

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You've finally moved into the home of your dreams. You have a shiny new stainless steel sink!

In your excitement, you bring over your hairdryer (the sink was empty) to run some water to test the faucet.

This causes quite a mess.

Why?

Because as hard as it may be to believe, there is a proper way to install a sink and a wrong way to install a sink.

Your shiny new faucet is outfitted with a Drip-Less design.

When installing your sink, allow at least 1/8" – 1/4" between the Drip-Less nozzle and the back of your sink, to allow air to enter.

If your spray head is too close to the back of the sink, you will risk drying out your back-up supply of water. Then, when you open your tap wide, while not reality, you could even risk scaring yourself with a huge geyser.

It makes sense, doesn't it?

There are two easy ways to remedy having a spray head too close to the back of your sink.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best grade stainless steel for kitchen sinks?

The most common grades of stainless steel sinks are 304 and 316. There are many, many varieties of each of these but they are just variations on the same thing. At this point, you might be wondering what gives these grades their names and how they differ.

First, you need to understand that the numbers don’t actually refer to different types of metal. They are dual grades depending on where the metal was used. 304 is the stainless used in food preparation and in the food-service industry, whereas 316 was used in the medical and chemical industries. Because the chemicals used in chemical manufacturing pose more of a risk for corrosion, 316 stainless steel was developed.

How do I choose a stainless steel sink?

When choosing a stainless steel sink, you want to ensure it’s going to resist scratches and stay looking good for the years to come. While stainless steel in general isn’t the most scratch-resistant material, the right coating will make your stainless steel sink even more resistant to scratches.

Once you’ve gotten yourself the right coated stainless steel sink you’re all set, right? Well, not so fast. You still need to think about the design of the sink. Many people find that more open cooking sinks are easier to clean quickly and keep them looking good.

Which is thicker 18 gauge or 20 gauge stainless steel?

The gauge of stainless steel (the 32nds of an inch thickness) is denoted by a number. So for instance, consider a piece of 12 gauge steel compared to a piece of 20 gauge.

The thicker the number, the thinner the metal. Conversely, the thinner the number, the thicker the metal.

Here's a nifty little chart to help you understand what gauge a certain number of steel is.

Thinner steel is lighter and more flexible, meaning it will bend easier.

Thicker steel is stronger and harder to bend. For a lot of uses you'll want thinner, lighter steel. But if you want to store a lot of weight on the steel (such as in the case of a roof or storage shelving), then thicker metal will be necessary.

So does 18 gauge steel or 20 gauge steel make a better sink? Depends on what you plan to do with it.

What is the best undermount stainless steel sink?

The number one feature you should be looking for is value. It should be a sink that fits all your needs, that will perform well, and that is sold at a fair price. There are a lot of different things you should look for, and it is very rare that a product has it all. It is more likely that you'll have to choose between two very good products and decide which one you like better.

The first thing you'll want to consider is the style of the sink. There are three basic kinds of sinks you can buy. One is a pedestal sink. A pedestal sink is a deep sink that is placed inside the cabinet just like a standard kitchen sink would be. A pedestal sink will fit well in most larger bathrooms.

Conclusion

We hope this buying guide will help you better understand stainless steel sinks and faucets so you can figure out what to look for in your next sink and have a much easier time shopping for it. This guide is not only helpful for those looking to buy a stainless steel sink; it is also helpful for those who wish to install a new faucet and have never done so before. We will walk you step by step through the process of finding your perfect sink or faucet, from the best budget stainless steel sink to the best outdoor stainless steel sink, so you can get the one that suits your needs and tastes.

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