Farmhouse and apron front sinks have regained popularity recently due to their unique beauty and functionality. Now, these attractive sinks come in various colors, designs, and sizes. Are you planning to purchase or install a farmhouse or apron front sink in your home? Read on to learn more about these types of sinks, why you should buy one, what factors you should consider before purchasing, and how to install a farmhouse apron sink.
Farmhouse Sinks and Their Benefits
Farmhouse and apron front sinks have been around for a long time — even before there was interior running water. Farmhouse sink designs are inspired by traditional sinks in rural houses that were extraordinarily large and deep, so they could hold plenty of water from a well or pump.
Apron front sinks are unique in that the front countertop is removed. You can stand closer to the sink and don’t have to bend over as you normally would with a typical top-mounted sink. Farmhouse sinks are typically more comfortable, especially for those who spend long periods at the sink washing dishes or preparing meals.
The aesthetic appeal of farmhouse and apron sinks may be the first thing that attracts people, especially since kitchens and bathrooms with both traditional and modern features are becoming more popular. However, farmhouse sinks also deliver when it comes to utility. Given their large size and deep design, you can easily wash big pots and pans. You can also use the sink for washing garments or bathing small children and pets.
Things To Consider When Purchasing Farmhouse and Apron Front Sinks
A farmhouse or apron front sink is a worthwhile investment. However, you’ll want to make sure you’re making an informed decision before shelling out a lot of money. Let’s look at some different factors to consider before you purchase one of these sinks.
There are several material options for apron front sinks, including cast iron, fireclay, copper, stainless steel, and natural stone. They each have their pros and cons, especially in terms of aesthetics, durability, and cost, so make sure you know what your priorities are.
Ceramic or Cast Iron
These sinks contain a layer of porcelain or ceramic. With the hard, smooth surface of ceramic or cast iron sinks, you can enjoy a timeless design. These materials are also resistant to breaking or cracking. However, ceramic or cast iron sinks are quite heavy, so they need proper support upon installation. While durable, they’re prone to staining and discoloration, especially with frequent use.
Fireclay is a common material utilized for apron front sinks. This material is made of clay that’s glazed and fired at extremely high temperatures. Fireclay is a hard and durable material that looks the same as enameled cast iron. Moreover, fireclay is non-porous and resistant to rust, acids, cracks, and discoloration. However, like ceramic or cast iron, fireclay is also heavy and will require adequate support.
This beautiful metal is also a great material for apron front sinks. Copper offers a patina or a blue-green coating that develops over time. This unique material contains antimicrobial properties, making it suitable for your kitchen or bathroom. Moreover, copper is durable and resistant to rust or corrosion. However, copper can be quite pricey and requires extra maintenance. Since copper is heavy as well, it too will need proper support.
Stainless steel is known for its impressive durability and easy maintenance. The material is easy to clean, lightweight, and quick to install. However, stainless steel can be noisy when you are washing dishes. Purchasing a thicker gauge stainless steel will help reduce noise.
Natural stone sinks can be made of granite, limestone, travertine, or marble. Apron front sinks that use natural stone often have a unique aesthetic. Moreover, the material is durable, non-porous, resistant to heat, and easy to clean.
Although large in nature, farmhouse and apron front sinks are available in different sizes — between 20 and 60 inches long or even more. Determine how you’ll use the sink so you can decide on the appropriate length. Consider your old sink’s size and usage and think about whether you need a single-bowl or double-bowl sink. While single bowls are perfect for washing bulky pots and pans, double bowls are often more suitable for food preparation and separating clean and dirty dishes.
Apron front sinks also have different styles to choose from. Top-mount styles are installed on top of your current countertop. There’s more cabinet space and you can save money because you don’t have to remove your current countertops. However, with this style, dirt and bacteria can get stuck between your sink and counter.
You can also choose the drop-in style with a rectangular design. Drop-in sinks go well with single, double, and triple bowl designs, but you’ll need extra support as there’s no wall anchor.
Another style is the rounded vintage design. Different sizes are available and the sink is often made from fireclay or cast iron. Often wall-mounted, vintage-style sinks can support themselves or use the existing counter as support.
Undermounted apron or farmhouse sinks sit below the countertop and offer very aesthetically pleasing look as well as easy cleaning of countertops.
Learning how to install a farmhouse sink includes knowing the undermount and top-mount varieties. Undermount sinks look smooth and seamless. Just make sure to seal the seam between the sink and the countertop so no leakage will occur. It’s important to note that undermount sinks don’t usually have holes for faucets so you’ll likely have to mount them on the wall or countertop.
Top-mount farmhouse sinks are good for any countertop, but they’re perfect for butcher block countertops. You won’t have to deal with water damage to the countertop’s edge.
If you have laminate countertops, you’ll need to choose a top-mount farmhouse sink, as these kinds of countertops don’t work with the under-mount variety.
Farmhouse and apron front sinks offer great aesthetics, comfort, and impressive functionality. To purchase the right farmhouse sink, consider factors like size, style, and material. Want to ensure a successful apron sink installation? DuraLedge’s patented sink mount brackets have you covered. Check out our sink bracket kits, call us at 715-690-4281 or contact us online for more information.