Thinking about adding a stainless steel sink to your commercial kitchen or office? Know the options before you buy!
No matter where you are, the talking point of most kitchens is a great-looking sink. This is true even for businesses and commercial properties. Time and again, the option that most companies choose to install in their properties is the stainless steel sink. With its signature sleek style and shine, stainless steel is a favorite for both home and commercial kitchens.
If you are interested in discovering whether the stainless steel option is the right choice for your kitchen, it can help to learn the basics about stainless steel manufacturing as well as the styles available. Let’s take a look at some important elements to consider before setting out to add stainless steel sinks to your kitchen.
Do You Really Know Stainless Steel?
So what exactly is stainless steel, and what makes it different from the other types and styles of kitchen sink materials? The signature shine and sleekness of a stainless steel sink come from the steel, nickel and chromium alloy mix that makes up the metal. It’s this alloy that gives stainless steel the look and sturdiness that so many crave.
Two important elements of stainless steel are the gauge and grade of the steel alloy.
For many manufacturers, quality stainless steel is 304 grade – or 18% chromium mixed with 10% nickel. The nickel makes up the strength and sturdiness of the steel, while the chromium mixes with oxygen to create a film that gives the steel its signature “stainless” resistance. Finding the perfect grade will provide a quality of steel that not only looks great but lasts.
The gauge determines the thickness of the steel that makes up the sink. Typically, gauge ranges on a scale from eight to thirty. As a rule, the lower the gauge number is, the thicker the steel ends up when it is manufactured. This is important to know when deciding where your stainless steel sink will fit in your kitchen or office break room. For most manufactured sinks, the steel will have a gauge in the range of 16 to 18 – which gives a good reduction in noise and makes it dent-resistant, an important element for all that cooking you will be doing!
Why Stainless Steel Is The Go-To Choice For Commercial Kitchen Sinks
As we’ve seen above, the grade and gauge of stainless steel provide many benefits that make it a great choice for commercial kitchen sinks. With the steel being sturdy and strong, you can trust that it will stand up to a variety of kitchen activities and will take a beating over the years while maintaining its signature look. This is even more important if the sink will be used by a large number of individuals throughout the day. With the resistance to corrosion, you will find that a stainless steel sink requires far less upkeep than other sinks, and won’t chip or crack. If you invest in a quality stainless steel sink, you will find that it gives back in beauty and lifetime.
Now that you understand the benefits of stainless steel sinks, it’s time to decide which style will bring the best look and functionality to your commercial kitchen.
Choosing The Stainless Steel Style For Your Business
While it may seem unimportant at first, different sink options provide varying pros and cons – especially when used in commercial properties. There are three main styles of stainless steel kitchen sinks – top-mount, under-mount, and all-in-one benchtop. Let’s take a look at what each style provides.
Top-mount sinks are also known as “inset sinks” because of the way they sit into the bench with a curved-over lip that seals the sink to the bench. Top-mounts are installed by cutting a hole into the benchtop and fitting the top-mount sink into the opening. The sink is secured with clips that keep the sink in place, as well as a sealant on the lip to create a smooth transition.
Due to the simple nature of the cut-and-drop installation, top-mount sinks are often the cost-effective choice for many families. The fact that the lip of the sink covers the edges of the hole, a top-mount is a great choice no matter the style of bench you may currently have in your kitchen.
True to its name, an under-mount stainless steel sink is mounted underneath the benchtop rather than on top with a lip. Because the sink is mounted under the cut-out space, it is important to take into account the material of your benchtop before deciding on an under-mount option. Granite and stone are good choices when it comes to under-mount sinks. A great benefit of the under-mount sink is the ability to easily wipe crumbs and liquid straight into the sink, without the lip creating an obstacle. However, under-mount sinks will often sit lower in the cabinet area below, which makes proper plumbing placement important for fit.
The third option to consider for your stainless steel sink is the all-in-one benchtop. For this option, the sink and benchtop are installed as one stainless steel piece. When it comes to this option, the manufacturer will work directly with you to decide on the style of both the sink as well as the benchtop.
With the all-in-one option, you don’t have to worry about how the sink fits into the benchtop, as the stainless steel is seamless across the entire unit. Many love this choice for the ease of use and consistent all-steel style that the all-in-one provides. The all-in-one benchtop gives you a great hygienic, commercial look, and it is easy to clean.
Ready To Go Stainless Steel? Britex has you covered!
As we’ve seen, when it comes to choosing the right stainless steel kitchen sink, the options are many. Knowing the look and feel you are trying to achieve, as well as the quality of sink you desire, is key to choosing a sink that will give your commercial kitchen a timeless look and a long life.
If you are ready to start the process of adding stainless steel to your kitchen, the team at Britex can help you find the perfect fit for your business. As Australia’s premier manufacturer and supplier of stainless steel products for commercial building projects, you will find a catalog of great stainless steel sinks and the help you need to select, purchase, and install. Contact Bitext today for the best commercial stainless steel sink for your business.