Why upgrade your sink
Durable or not, there are some very good reasons why you should upgrade your sink. At the most fundamental level, you should replace your sink because it is no longer in good shape. The kitchen sink is the most used and abused area in the kitchen, and it is constantly wet. Over time, even the most durable stainless steel sink will have dents, scratches, rust stains around the cutouts, even holes. Even cast iron sinks, which are incredibly tough, can look the worse when the enamel coat chips and cracks.
On a functional level, you need to upgrade your sink because it no longer suits your needs. Maybe it is too shallow, too small, too deep, or too big. Maybe you need two sinks of equal size, or one large sink and one smaller sink. Whatever the reason, a kitchen sink that makes your life a bit more difficult should be replaced.
Finally, you should upgrade your kitchen to fit your personal style. A perfectly good apron style sink may not be in sync with the new countertops you chose. Not in keeping with the sleek, modern look you want. An industrial free-standing sink may seem off in your traditional kitchen design. On the other hand, you may replace your sink to make an interesting statement in an otherwise conventional kitchen.
Types of sinks on the market
Granted that you have decided to upgrade your sink, what type of sink do you choose in terms of number of basins and shape? You can literally have anything you want in any combination.
The most common, the single large and deep rectangular basin sink, because it can accommodate large items without a problem. Experts recommend a sink that is between 33 and 36 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep for maximum.
This means two basins, usually square, placed side by side. You can have two basins of the same size, or one large and one small basin. The latter usually used for food prep. This is a good choice if you want to separate your cleaning tasks from food prep tasks and do them. The standard configuration is a 60/40 ratio, with the larger basin 18 inches wide, and the smaller basin 14 inches wide, although basins of equal size look more symmetrical. That said, you can specify any width for your basins, depending on your preference and design specifications.
Some homeowners prefer two large basins for washing and prepping and a separate, much smaller sink for the trash disposal unit.
While most sinks tend to be square or rectangles, you can actually choose unusual shapes to complement your overall design. You can choose a half-oval, oval, round, pear, diamond, or corner. You can also choose a trough sink, which is long and narrow (8 to 14 inches wide). When choosing an odd-shaped kitchen shape, make sure that the bottom is still flat to accommodate pots and pans, and that the position of the drain is optimal.
Why get a smaller or larger sink
The standard kitchen sink is 22 x 30 inches in keeping with the standard sizes of most cabinets and countertops. However, the market is very flexible when it comes to accommodating size preferences for a kitchen sink.
The size of the sink depends largely on function, but style also comes into it. A smaller sink may be indicated if the kitchen is small, or if you have it as an auxiliary, such as on an island, to the larger, main sink. The main advantage of a small sink is it is space-saving. Small sinks tend to limit the size and number of plates and pans you can comfortably wash at one time., but if you have only a few dishes and you don’t wait for the dirty dishes to pile up before you put them in the dishwasher, then it is a great idea.
A larger sink can make your life in the kitchen a lot easier because you have more space to do clean-up. The problem with a larger sink is it takes up a lot of space that is has to be kept clear at all times. It also requires a larger space underneath, so that also eats up into your under-sink storage. However, if you have a large kitchen, then it is a non-issue. In fact, if you have a large kitchen, a small sink will look a little off.
As a rule of thumb, you should choose a sink size with which you feel comfortable and is proportional to your kitchen size. For kitchens less than 150 square feet, choose a smaller than standard sink.
How to know it is time to upgrade
Your best gauge for choosing the time to upgrade the sink, short of it blowing up or breaking apart. If you are no longer satisfied with the condition, look, or style of your kitchen sink, then you should upgrade it.
Of course, it is not a decision you should make lightly. Replacing an existing sink may bring up more issues than you realize. Before you go shopping for your new sinks, have a professional installer size up the situation. The installer will tell you what kind of sink you can put in the existing space, if the support is still good, and if you have to rip out or put anything in to accommodate the new sink. This is also a good time to have your pipes checked to see if it needs replacing. Only when you have all the information should you go ahead with your upgrade so you know exactly what to expect.