Stainless Kitchen Sink Gauge Selection Stainless Kitchen Sink Gauge Selection

A stainless kitchen sink is a durable, practical and sleek addition to any modern kitchen.  If you’re building a new home or rehabbing your current kitchen, it’s good to keep a few factors in mind when you go kitchen sink shopping. During the selection process, one thing to watch out for is the gauge of steel of your stainless kitchen sink. Keep reading to learn more about what steel gauge means, and how it can affect your choice of sink.

What Is Steel Gauge?

When we’re talking about steel, the “gauge” is a number that represents the thickness of the metal. The higher the number of the gauge, the thinner the sheet of steel will be. For instance, if a stainless steel kitchen sink has a gauge of 6, that means the metal is approximately .24 inches thick. At the other end of the scale, with a gauge of 35, the stainless steel would be roughly .0075 inches thick.

Which Gauge Should I Choose for my Stainless Kitchen Sink?

A stainless steel kitchen sink should have a gauge that’s thick enough to be durable and withstand the wear and tear that comes with being in a busy home, but it shouldn’t be so thick that the sink is too heavy for the countertop or becomes cost prohibitive. A thicker gauge also indicates that the steel will have a higher shine and more polished finish. Therefore, try to go for a sink with a maximum gauge of 18. For a truly heavy duty stainless kitchen sink, go for a 16 or 14 gauge.

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