Stainless steel sinks come in a wide selection of types and styles. However, the most important issue with stainless steel sinks is the thickness. This is because the sinks that are made from thicker stainless steel are much more durable. If you are buying a stainless steel sink, it may seem okay to go with the cheapest model, but in the long run, it will just have to be replaced as it gets scratched, vibrates and distorts.
The thickness of stainless steel sinks range from 18 gauge to 28 gauge, but here's the confusing part. While you would think that 28 gauge would be the most heavy-duty sink available, it is actually made of the thinnest material. At George Salet Plumbing, we don't recommend sinks thinner that 22 gauge; and there are several reasons why.
First of all, thinner sinks tend to vibrate. This means that if you are running a dishwasher, or have pipes with an uneven flow of water, you can actually feel the sink start a sort of humming. This leads to distortion and a general noise that at the very least is annoying. This is especially true when the garbage disposal is in use. Buying an 22 gauge to a 28 gauge stainless steel sink will not only prevent the vibration and distortion, but will also add value to your home. This is because a better quality stainless sink is also more scratch- resistant than their lighter weight counter-parts.
If you are unsure about which kind of stainless steel sink to buy, call your local plumber. This is a professional that knows stainless steel sinks and can help you make the right choice. The right stainless steel sink is easy to clean, doesn't stain or scratch easily, and will stay looking new for a long time.