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TopZero Introduces Z Series Sinks

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TopZero Introduces Z Series Sinks

Posted on 14 September 2016 by CRadmin3

TopZero seamless edge stainless steel sinkTopZero added the Z series to its line of seamless edge stainless steel sinks. The all new Z series features square cornered sinks that are perfect for the minimalist décor. The clean, precise lines help maximize available bowl space. The Z series sinks are available in 18 in., 21 in., 24 in. and 30 in. widths. According to the company TopZero edge technology brings flawless, vanishing-edge appearance against almost any solid surface material without the challenges of complex fabrication techniques.

You may also be interested in this article about kitchen sink trends.

 

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BLANCO Introduces Multi-purpose Floating Grids

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BLANCO Introduces Multi-purpose Floating Grids

Posted on 06 May 2016 by CRadmin2

BLANCO Silgranit FloatingGridBLANCO, a German sink and faucet manufacturer, introduced its new Stainless Steel Floating Grids. These multi-purpose accessories expand the amount of prepping and cleaning surfaces available. The grids sit approximately 4 to 5 in. off the sink bottom providing an additional sink level that can be used for food prep or to seat heavy kitchen items. The floating grids are suitable for use on the counter as hot plates, racks to cool and store baked goods, or just additional space to reduce clutter in addition to being used as a second level within the sink. The grids are thin and have four rubber feet to prevent damage to the sink and counter. The new stainless steel grids are made  to fit the BLANCO SILGRANIT PRECIS, PRECIS CASCADE and IKON sinks.

You may also be interested in this article about The Galley Sink.

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Much Ado About the Kitchen Sink

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Much Ado About the Kitchen Sink

Posted on 29 March 2016 by cradmin

A couple of weeks ago, we published an article about a universal design for kitchen sink workstations developed with Ken Kelly using a sink from BLANCO, and I realized we have yet to provide an overview of the latest and greatest options for kitchen sinks. Not so long ago, the choices for sinks were slim, and nearly everyone was satisfied with porcelain, enameled iron or stainless steel drop-ins/top-mounts. Although the above styles still remain both common and  popular, several new types and models of kitchen sinks have entered the market and are making decisions tough for consumers and commercial building owners.

As our industry survey revealed last year, countertop fabricators hold a great deal of sway over their clients, so by understanding all of the options, you can stock kitchen sinks that both meet the needs of your clients and provides a solid profit margin for your business.

Stainless Steel

Wave_coverflow_371_259_Image2Stainless steel is still considered the mainstay of the modern kitchen sink. These sinks are affordable, and although they can scratch and thinner ones are more prone to  being dented, they do so without damaging their functional integrity. Stainless is also very versatile and can complement a wide range of décor and interior styles.

Just last year, MR Direct debuted a new series of budget stainless-steel sinks that are fully insulated, and Kohler introduced the Undertone Preserve series of stainless-steel sinks that have a special, scratch-resistant barrier. Other brands and series of stainless-steel sinks to watch for include the following:

  • Lottare – Stainless Farmhouse
  • Moen – 1800 Series with SoundSHIELD
  • Franke – Grande Series
  • Artisan Manufacturing Corp. – Frigidaire Collaboration Collection
  • Elkay – Slim Rim Sinks
  • Oliveri – 1100 Series
  • Ukinox – Micro Series

Enameled Cast Iron

Enameled cast iron was once the standard for kitchen sinks, and they’ve got a lot to say for them, namely durability. A well-made sink of this type could well last more than 100 years. At worst, it will need to be re-enameled, which is also this type of sink’s primary flaw.

Once the enamel chips, it is never quite the same again. Repairs may last a few years but will need to be repeated. The porcelain enamel, however, provides an appealing finish and is easy to clean. Because of their weight, cast-iron sinks are usually self-rimming, and these are simple to install. Undermount cast iron will likely require reinforced support. A few of the top manufacturers of these sinks include Kohler, Clarion, Song and American Standard. For a less expensive alternative, you may also want to explore enameled stainless steel.

Quartz/Granite Composite

Schock_lg(2)Quartz composite, also called Granite composite, is a relatively new material that is taking the kitchen-sink market by storm. Although every manufacturer has its proprietary formula, most are about 80 percent quartz/granite and 20 percent acrylic resin. It is compact, versatile and durable, being resistant to heat, chipping, etching and scratching.

The finish of these composites are typically slightly textured, and it is said to have the look and feel of natural matte stone, which may also work out to be a disadvantage because it cannot be polished smooth. Another disadvantage is that like many other types of sinks, some may eventually stain from water with high mineral concentrations, and the finish may dull over time.

A few of the latest options to watch for are the Granitali Collection from LOTTARE, BLANCO SILGRANIT sinks and Schock CRISTADUR. More recently, Domain Industries has unveiled its Lexicon Platinum Series quartz sinks.

Farmhouse Sinks

Fireclay_Image3One popular style of kitchen sinks that has come back into the spotlight like a blast from the past is the farmhouse sink with apron front. These large, deep, tub-like sinks originated in England more than 400 years ago. They were designed to hold large amounts of water, which often had to be hauled from miles away.

Farmhouse sinks are often the focal point of a kitchen, so many clients like to make them special. Stainless steel and enameled cast iron are both materials that are common used for these sinks, but several new materials are now available, including fireclay, hammered metal, concrete composite and quartz/granite composite (as outlined above).

Fireclay – Fireclay is very similar to porcelain and it appears nearly identical to enameled cast iron. The material is made when clay is glazed and heated at about 1,600° F until the glaze fuses into the clay. This makes the material extremely hard and durable. Last year, BLANCO added new colors to its fireclay CERANA series, and the year before, Domain Industries introduced Crestwood Fireclay sinks. Rohl now offers two styles, one with a flat apron front and one with a rounded apron front.

Hammered Metal – Hammered copper and bronze are also popular materials for farmhouse CPS291-Paragon-Copper-Apron-Front-Kitchen-Sink-vsinks that are durable and eye-catching. These sinks are also beloved because each one is unique. Houzer Hammerwerks copper sinks are one example, and Native Trails also creates a fine line of copper farmhouse sinks.

Concrete Composite – Native Trails has also pioneered a new material that is garnering some attention called concrete composite and branded as NativeStone. This material combines natural jute fibers with concrete for strength and sustainability.

Integral Kitchen Sinks

The last category we are looking at is integral kitchen sinks typically made out of the same material as the countertop, but not always. By strict definition, integral sinks are fabricated from a single piece so that there are no seams between the sink and the countertop, but we are including those with seams because truly integral sinks are rare.

A true integral sink can be fabricated from solid surface, and most of the large solid-surface suppliers have at least a couple line of sinks separate from their countertops, including DuPont Corian, LG  HI-MACS and many others. These sinks are lauded by those who purchase them because they are attractive, require little maintenance and are easy to clean. Another option is downloadgraphite-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), which can be created onsite or offsite and cast to be part of the countertops.

Other integral sink options include natural stone and quartz. When it comes to natural stone, the top choices are marble and soapstone, but because these materials are both so soft, they are best suited for kitchens where appearance is more important than functionality.

However, a discussion of integral sinks would not be complete if it did not include Karran, who pioneered the process of seamless undermounting of sinks made of various materials to  countertops made of completely different materials. Karran’s Edge series of sinks can be undermounted to solid surface, laminate, engineered stone and granite tops in a virtually seamless manner (as shown in this video depicting a seamless integration of a Karran quartz sink to a laminate countertop). Karran even won a coveted ISFA Innovator Award for this line Edge of sinks in 2012. Originally in acrylic and stainless steel, there is also the Quartz Series from Karran, which has been on the market now for about two years. And of course, like any great idea, there are now other companies that are on the bandwagon trying to offer this same “edgeless” quality in combining sinks and countertops of different materials.

Upsell Jobs, Hike Profit Margins

The world of kitchen sinks has greatly expanded in recent years, and more end users have taken an interest in having specific types of sinks in their kitchens. As a fabricator, it is possible to use your knowledge of the latest trends in this niche to upsell clients and expand profit margins. After all, it is easier to sell a few bells and whistles to a client already in the bag, than sell a whole new client…

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MR Direct Offers New Series of Stainless Steel Sinks

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MR Direct Offers New Series of Stainless Steel Sinks

Posted on 18 November 2015 by CRadmin3

MR Direct Stainless SinksMR Direct announced the debut of its new series of stainless steel sinks. The new lower-priced sinks offer the option of topmounting or undermounting. The sinks are made in North America and are available in 18 to 24 gauges, with a less expensive 6-in. depths also available as an option. According to the company, the stainless steel sinks are fully insulated, which helps prevent dripping and condensation buildup under the sink. In addition, a coat of barrier formula is sprayed on the bottom for extra protection. Sound dampening pads are also added to the sinks to minimize the “tin” sound when water is running or dripping.

You may also be interested in this video about undermounting a sink to laminate countertop.

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Chemcore Industries Launches ‘Urban Apron’ Sink

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Chemcore Industries Launches ‘Urban Apron’ Sink

Posted on 06 November 2015 by cradmin

Chemcore Industries Urban Apron sinkChemcore Industries designed a unique apron farmhouse-style sink that can be mounted in most standard kitchen cabinets, without cutting. Dubbed the “Urban Apron” sink, it is designed to fit over the cabinet edge and drop into place. The front apron is 6-1/2-in. in depth, allowing standard cabinet doors to be opened without interfering with the normally lower apron. The sink is 9-in. in depth, and comes in 30- and 33-in. widths. They are available in both a large single bowl as well as a low-divide 50/50 style.

You may also be interested in this article on LG Hausys basin sink designs.

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Kohler Launches Sink Line Designed To Improve Workflow

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Kohler Launches Sink Line Designed To Improve Workflow

Posted on 20 February 2015 by cradmin

kohler Prolific_sink2Kohler launched the new stainless steel Prolific sink line to address the varied needs of kitchen tasks by offering three work zones and five accessories that allow users to customize the sink to their needs. The sink is made with three tiers that allow tasks to be completed in an ergonomic way for each user, regardless of height, age or ability. Five accessories fit securely on the edges of the tiered levels and customize the workspace to the specific user. A bamboo cutting board provides a sturdy, portable work surface that is easy to clean. Both a  bin and colander can be used for washing and soaking dishes or rinsing produce. Also, two durable, grated racks provide a drying rack for dishes or can be placed in the basin of the sink for protection. The sink’s large, deep single bowl allows space to soak and clean large bakeware, while a beveled cone-shape around the drain allows for quicker debris disposal down the drain. The sink’s stainless steel construction is resistant to staining or rust.

You may also be interested in this article about BLANCO sinks.

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Kohler Offers Undertone Preserve Damage-Resistant Stainless Steel Sinks

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Kohler Offers Undertone Preserve Damage-Resistant Stainless Steel Sinks

Posted on 07 January 2015 by cradmin

kohlerKohler introduced the Undertone Preserve series of kitchen sinks designed with a scratch-resistant barrier, protecting the stainless steel. Preserve is a factory-applied surface treatment that offers scratch-resistance while still wiping clean as easily as any stainless steel sink. All Undertone Preserve sinks include a bottom basin rack and they are currently available in four sink configurations: 3356-HCF-NA – XL Offset (pictured here); 3171-HCF-NA – Double Equal; 5290-HCF-NA – Large Single Bowl; and 3325-HCF-NA – Medium Single Bowl.

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BLANCO Introduces QUATRUS Stainless Steel Sink Line

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BLANCO Introduces QUATRUS Stainless Steel Sink Line

Posted on 03 September 2014 by cradmin

blanco quatrusBLANCO introduced the QUATRUS™ R15 stainless steel kitchen sink with an exclusive rounded corner concept that makes clean up a breeze. The sink comes in six styles, including: bar, equal double, small single, medium single, super single and 1-3/4 bowls. They feature bowl depth ranges from 8 in. on  a bar bowl to 9 in. on kitchen sinks; 304 series, 18-gauge stainless steel with 18/10 chrome-nickel content; and Signature Satin polished finishes. Optional accessories include stainless steel grids that protect the sink, glass cutting boards and stainless steel colanders for increased efficiency.

“With a uniquely rounded corner design, QUATRUS R15 delivers all of the beauty of a designer stainless steel sink while meeting every day kitchen needs,” said Tim Maicher, director of marketing for BLANCO. “It is as functional as it is fabulous.”

 

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U.S. Surface Warehouse Offers Sinks

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U.S. Surface Warehouse Offers Sinks

Posted on 06 November 2013 by cradmin

surface warehouse sinkU.S. Surface Warehouse is now offering a variety of sinks. Shipped direct from its eight warehouse locations across the United States, the company offers hundreds of sink options. Available in various materials, styles, colors and brands, Surface Warehouse stocks a variety of Meier stainless steel sinks in both 18 and 16 gauge, 18-gauge Blanco stainless steel sinks, Blanco Silgranit sinks, Meier vitreous china lavatory bowls and Gemstone solid surface sinks. The company can also special order numerous Blanco Silgranit, stainless steel and Fireclay sinks, as well as accessories. Volume pricing is also available.

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Elkay Develops Slim Rim Sink Line

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Elkay Develops Slim Rim Sink Line

Posted on 21 August 2013 by cradmin

elkayElkay has developed a line of stainless steel Slim Rim sinks that are made to eliminate places where bacteria and grime build-up . Featuring an ultra-thin, flat counter rim, the new sinks nearly eliminate the barrier between the sink and the countertop. The sinks come in a  variety of models with a several sizes, finishes, bowl option and thicknesses.

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