Choosing and Installing the Right Outdoor Kitchen Sink
Choosing and Installing the Right Outdoor Kitchen Sink
A sink is a great addition to any outdoor kitchen. However, the homeowner must choose the right sink for the space and for their needs.

They need to consider the size of the sink, the materials, and the placement, along with other factors. This ensures they have a sink that enhances the outdoor kitchen. The following guide becomes of help as this decision is being made.

Material Options

Consumers find they have many options when choosing a material for their outdoor sinks. Stainless steel remains a popular option with many property owners. They love the durability of this material and the low maintenance requirements of the sink. One thing to consider if the stainless steel is selected is the sheen of the sink.

Bright and shiny stainless steel may look beautiful in a showroom. However, when the sink is installed outside, this same sheen can lead to sunlight in the eyes when people use the kitchen. Avoid this problem by choosing brushed stainless or another sink material. 

Granite and quartz are excellent materials for outdoor sinks. They hold up extremely well to the elements thanks to their stone dust and acrylic resin composition. The homeowner may need to install new countertops, however, to accommodate the weight of these materials. 

In addition, take care of the glass around these countertops. If a person drops a glass, it may break. Keep this in mind when putting in an outdoor kitchen sink

Concrete sinks are also heavy but can be customized to meet the needs of the owner. The surface weathers with time, which many people love. Other options include solid surfaces and copper sinks. However, avoid enamel sinks because they chip and crack easily when exposed to outdoor conditions. 

Faucet Considerations

People often choose an outdoor sink and countertop before picking a faucet. However, if a homeowner finds a faucet they love, they may want to choose a sink that coordinates with this fixture. Again, stainless steel remains the best choice due to its durability and low maintenance. However, some homeowners choose copper faucets for similar reasons.

A top-mount sink has one or three holes. Most standard kitchen faucets come with three holes. One is for hot water, one is for cold water, and the third is for a sprayer. Today, manufacturers make pull-down or pull-out sinks with only one hole. 

If the sink is oversized or there is more than one basin, consider a gooseneck faucet. This makes it easier to wash large items, such as the grates from a barbecue grill. The extra space is appreciated when this task is being done. 

Undermount sinks require a faucet mounted on the countertop. Keep this in mind when choosing a sink and accompanying faucet for the outdoor kitchen. The placement of the sink will affect other decisions that must be made as the buying process moves forward. 

Sink Basin

When choosing a sink basin for the outdoor sink, consider the space available. People often focus on the width of the sink without taking the depth into consideration. 

Determine what tasks the sink will be used for and choose a depth accordingly. However, remember the depth will affect the amount of storage space that will be available beneath the sink.

In addition, decide how much of the countertop can be reserved for a sink. People need plenty of counter space when cooking. Don't choose an oversized sink if it will consume excessive counter space. 

Some people today choose to go with a bar sink. These sinks tend to be much smaller, which is of help when counter space is limited. These sinks often come with built-in compartments for garnish, towel hooks, and more. 

Will one basin suffice, or are two needed? A single large sink is helpful when washing large pots and pans. However, many people prefer a double sink because they can use each basin for a different purpose. 

The Cost of an Outdoor Sink

Homeowners must operate within a budget when choosing an outdoor sink. However, a person can expect to pay more as they move up in quality with materials for their outdoor sink. Stainless steel sinks come with an affordable price tag, while a copper sink can cost four times as much. The size, style, and material all play a role in how much a person will pay for the basin. 

Faucets may also come with a steep price tag. A person could easily pay hundreds of dollars for a quality faucet with several features. This doesn't take into account how much a person will pay for a plumber to install the sink. 

The cost of the plumber will be influenced by many factors. The length of time needed to install the sink is a consideration. In addition, the homeowner must take into account the water supply and the sewer system drain and how far they are from the area where the sink will be installed. 


The Countertop

When choosing a sink, the homeowner must also consider the countertop. It should coordinate with the sink basin and the faucet. As with sinks, countertops come in many materials, sizes, and shapes.   

People choose a wood countertop because it looks beautiful when combined with a sink. Wood is extremely durable and comes at a reasonable price tag. However, resin countertops are increasing in popularity. Homeowners love that they are durable and attractive.   

Don't overlook ceramic tile for an outdoor countertop, as it is durable and beautiful. Grout must be used to seal the countertop, and a weatherproof substrate will be needed to protect the countertop.   

Other countertop material options include stone tile, granite, slate, concrete, and brick. Consider all options to find the right material to complement the sink. 

Outdoor sinks serve many purposes. Every outdoor kitchen benefits from this addition. For those who don't have an outdoor kitchen, an exterior sink remains a good idea. 

People may use this sink to wash their hands after touching raw meat, clean up after gardening, and more. Consider the above when choosing a sink for an outdoor kitchen or any purpose. Doing so ensures the right choice is made.