Kitchen Sink & Tap Guide
A Kitchen Sink is the centre piece of any modern or traditionally styled kitchen. Kitchen sinks should be easy to clean and maintain, as hard wearing as a tank and stylish and sophisticated enough to sit proudly amongst its neighbouring high-tech kitchen appliances. A kitchen sink is not something you will want to replace regularly, you will want it to last for generations, as it is often inset or built under the granite or laminated worktop. PlumbNation Plumbing Supplies can deliver a stylish contemporary or traditional Kitchen Sink to you that cared for will last a lifetime.
Inset kitchen sinks are mounted on top of the worktop. This means that the edge of the sink unit sits above the worktop. An inset sink unit is generally fitted on plastic worktops using a clamping plate as a support material. A seal is fitted underneath the flange of the inset sink unit to prevent water from getting underneath and dripping into the kitchen unit.
An integrated sink unit is mounted flush with the worktop so that the edge of the integrated sink forms a whole with the worktop. The worktop and the edge of the sink unit fit together seamlessly, which makes the worktop easy to clean. The top of the sink unit lies flush with the top of the worktop and has the advantage of being both hygienic and sleek.
Undermount sink units are mounted underneath the worktop or at mid level. This increases the usable surface of the worktop. This method of fitting is primarily used for granite, wooden and completely plastic worktops. As the underbuild sink unit is fitted below the level of the worktop it makes it easier to keep the worktop clean.
Sit-on Stainless Steel Sinks are usually found in commercial properties or older domestic properties. Instead of mounting in or on the kitchen worktop, they sit directly on the kitchen cupboard and form the worktop themselves.
- Stainless Steel
Tough and easy to maintain, the Stainless Steel Sink is the popular choice for its functional style and affordable price tag. A Stainless Steel Sink is far from ugly, some of the world’s top designers have effectively created lean, streamlined shapes from the kitchen’s most classic material into universally respectable Kitchen Sink designs. A Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink’s versatility is matched only by its affordability. Indeed Stainless Steel sinks are the preferred choice for the professional catering industry. Stainless Steel is extremely strong, not affected by temperature change and hygienically a very sound surface to prepare food and cleanse crockery.
Ceramic Sinks are incredibly luxurious, the ceramic materials are smooth to the touch and elegant to behold. A greater degree of care is required with a Ceramic Sink but maintained properly, a Ceramic Sink will perform amicably over the years bringing grace to the kitchen environment. Ceramic is the same material used in bathrooms for Basins and Toilets. The Belfast sink is the most traditional form of kitchen sink available, an absolute must in any farmhouse or country kitchen.
Sleek and stylish, contemporary Granite, Composite and Synthetic Kitchen Sinks are unique for both looks and functionality. Kitchen Sinks are available in a range of unique substances, one of which consists of 70% quartz to create a unique granite effect finish making it incredibly durable, highly scratch resistant and able to withstand temperatures of up to 230 degrees. Granite Sinks, Composite Sinks and Synthetic Sinks are generally available with a wider range of colours to allow greater freedom when enhancing the style and décor of your kitchen.
- Monobloc Mixer
The most common type of Kitchen Tap, the Monobloc Kitchen Sink Mixer is ideal for use in both modern and traditional kitchens. They all feature a single spout supplied by either two separate hot & cold levers or a single mixer lever. Suitable for use with 1 Tap Hole sinks or a direct mount to the work surface. Usually supplied with 10/12mm – 15mm Flexible Tap Connectors.
- Pillar Taps
Sold as a pair, they consist of two separate taps – one hot and one cold. Very similar to bathroom Basin Taps, but they are referred to as Pillar Taps due to their extended height making them suitable for use with kitchen sinks. ½ -15mm Tap Connectors required.
- Deck Mounted Mixer
Commonly found in older properties or newer properties trying to achieve a traditional look, a Deck Mounted Mixer is suitable for 2 Tap Hole Sinks or a direct mount to the work surface. They feature a single spout controlled by two separate hot & cold levers. ½ - 15mm Tap Connectors required.
- Spray Mixers
Very similar design to a standard Monobloc Sink Mixer but with the added feature of a pull-out spray attachment. The end of the spout has a detachable head attached to a flexible hose, similar to a shower hose. This is a great feature for washing dishing or cleaning vegetables. Spray mixers are usually supplied with 10/12mm – 15mm Flexible Tap Connectors.
Waste Disposal Unit
A waste disposal unit is a must buy for the kitchen as it is easy to install, affordable, hygienic and will save you time in the kitchen every day. Food waste on average amounts to 20% of household rubbish, however with a Waste Disposal Unit fitted directly under the Kitchen sink you can pulp leftover food before it reaches the drain. The pulp is washed safely down the drain without causing any sort of blockage. This will ensure your kitchen is much more hygienic without harbouring rotten food in you bin.