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Understanding Sink Sizes & Tying in Kitchen Cabinets in Your Denver Remodel


February 5, 2016

Remodeling your kitchen and installing a stainless steel sink can significantly enhance the appearance and functionality of your kitchen and create a more luxurious atmosphere of your home. In addition to supplying yourself with a more usable resource in your home, you can tie in the stainless steel theme to the kitchen cabinets Denver homeowners begin with in their remodel. The problem is, people struggle to decide whether they should purchase a 16 gauge or an 18 gauge sink, because they are not aware of what differences exist or might be confused about what those sizes even mean. If you are fulfilling a kitchen remodeling project, you should learn about the differences between the two sink sizes and the many benefits that accompany stainless steel 16 gauge sinks. We find that the 3 key points are as follows:

Thickness

Thickness represents a fundamental difference between 16 gauge and 18 gauge sinks. The gauge number relates to the thickness of the steel used to construct the sink, and while you may find it counterintuitive at first glance, lower numbers reflect thicker steel. To clarify further, steel sinks with lower gauge numbers are thicker than sinks with higher gauge numbers. The 16 gauge sink is the lowest available gauge for stainless steel sinks, and 22 is the highest possible gauge for sinks. As a result, the premier 16 gauge is the thickest sink available and is considerably more heavy-duty as compared to an 18 gauge sink.   

Durability

16 gauge stainless steel sinks are a top choice because the steel is more durable than 18 gauge sinks. The thicker material allows the metal of 16 gauge sinks to withstand stress and force without incurring any damages. A 16 gauge sink can better resist dents, scratches, or damage when you drop or slide plates in the sink, stack heavy loads of pots in the sink, or use the garbage disposal. In contrast, the thinner 18 gauge sinks are susceptible to cracks and dents from normal wear and tear. Additionally, the 16 gauge sink can absorb and muffle noise better than the 18 gauge sink. Thin metal will sometimes reverberate loud clashing and ringing noises when you move plates in the sink, and the thicker 16 gauge sinks are much quieter and do not allow for as much loud noises.

Appearance

A 16 gauge sink is generally more attractive than an 18 gauge sink. All stainless steel sinks feature an attractive appearance and glisten with that shiny gleam of cleanliness that Denver homeowners love. However, the superior thickness and durability of 16 gauge sinks also possesses a greater beauty than its thinner alternatives. The ability to resist damage also improves the appearance of 16 gauge sinks. Because thinner sinks are more susceptible to display the dents and scratches that occur over time, selecting the 16 gauge allows for a more pristine appearance for a more extended period of time.

Cost

Cost is another difference between the two sinks. Because a more strenuous manufacturing process is required to produce the thicker steel, a 16 gauge stainless steel sink tends to be slightly more expensive than an 18 gauge sink. However, purchasing a 16 gauge sink can be more cost-effective in the long run. The beauty and durability allows the sink to maintain its quality for an extensive period of time without needing to be repaired or replaced.
 
Contact HTI Granite and Cabinetry to help install your ideal sink. Our expert staff is revered in the Denver area for providing exceptional kitchen remodeling services. We can assist you throughout your remodeling project, show you the best sinks available, and install a stainless steel sink that can enhance the beauty of your kitchen and maximize the value of your home.