If you watch any amount of HGTV or DIY Network, you've likely seen hosts swoon over the farmhouse sink.
This type of sink has been trendy for several years. Not only do people like the aesthetic, but the farmhouse sink also has several benefits that you'll enjoy. However, because of the size and weight, they're not right for every kitchen.
Read on to learn some of the challenges of installing a farmhouse sink before you take the plunge and buy one.
Farmhouse Sinks Are BIG
Will you have enough space? While the size of a farmhouse sink is attractive because you'll be able to fit much more in it, which is great for thawing poultry, you need to be sure that you're willing to sacrifice counter space and the cabinet space underneath to accommodate it.
These Sinks Are Heavy
Many farmhouse sinks weigh about 100 pounds, so you're going to need extra bracing to hold all of that weight. Plus, since the basin is extra large, it will hold much more water. All that weight adds up. Be sure your counter can support it.
Comes in a Variety of Finishes
The classic farmhouse sink in England was made of fire clay, which is very durable. But don't feel like you're locked into this material. There is a wide range of finishes that you can choose. Some of these include porcelain, soapstone, stainless steel, acrylic, copper, and slate.
Beware of Extra Costs
You might look at a farmhouse sink and be surprised about the cost, which can be substantial, but if you choose stainless steel or another less expensive material, you might be able to cut some of the cost.
You should also be aware that adding a garbage disposal can be tricky. Because of the thickness of a farmhouse sink, you need a different flange, which can add to the cost. Plus, you might have to adjust your plumbing to accommodate your sink.
Bottom line: Farmhouse sinks can be a beautiful addition to kitchens, and many people love them. You should, however, take the time to fully understand the costs and installation requirements. Questions? Contact the team at Parzival Plumbing at (949) 234-6001.