Sinks serve one of the most basic yet important function in our lives; hygiene. As such, this facility calls for careful selection of material of construction that caters for chemical reactivity, safety and the overriding financial constraints. Examples of materials popularly used include: Ceramics, polymers, aluminum, copper and stainless steel. Of these, stainless steel sinks are steadily gaining popularity as the premiere choice all across the globe. Why?
Stainless steel is not corroded in the presence of water to form rust. This aspect is especially important in maintaining health safety as rust is a toxic substance. Although the sinks are resistant to many chemicals, they are susceptible in the presence of strong acidic and alkaline media. For these reasons, they are preferred for stainless steel kitchen sinks but not for scientific application.
Ease of Cleaning:
These types of sinks don't require specialized cleaning treatment apart from the commonplace bucket of water and a rug dipped in soap. This is because both ordinary dirt and greasy compounds do not form permanent stains. They are therefore useful in applications requiring extensive, consecutive and heavy use of sinks in such places like restaurants and cafeterias.
Stainless steel is relatively cheaper when compared to other material such as ceramics, copper and aluminum. Technologies such as annealing and alloying have modified the properties of stainless steel to allow its use as a cheaper substitute for the more expensive traditional material used. Also, some plumbers have been cited on record as preferring them because they are easier to install.
In this day and age of informed customers who have a particular eye for fashion, stainless steel sinks are becoming increasingly popular because they can be easily installed to fit the dÃ©cor of their surroundings. Their aesthetic appeal makes a fashion statement behind the backdrop of artistic architecture.
These sinks do not chip on impact! Wear and tear is the most significant cause of depreciation of sinks when they are used in rigorous activity. They are fairly resistant to abrasion and can be used for many years with little maintenance when handled with care.
TypesThe classification of these sinks is done using different method each using its own particular parameter. For example, a classification based on configuration selected yields Single or double bowl sinks and rectangular sinks. The size of the sinks, which depends on the available space for fitting, is also another criterion used.