Farmhouse Sinks FAQ
For cleaning and caring for your sink, please always refer to your manufactures guidelines on cleaning and maintaining your sink, as every sink may be a bit different.
For any installation or final decision consulting an experienced professional is recommended, for any task.
What is a farmhouse sink?
The farmhouse sink was originally designed to hold large amounts of water, at a time before there was running water available. Farmhouse sinks were created to be multi-functional. The sink’s large basin enabled large amounts of water to be held, thus preventing multiple trips to and from lakes and streams. The sink was used like a standing tub, giving enough room to clean, without water spilling out, and without having to bend, in order to clean.
The original farmhouse sinks were made of white clay. Today, the most popular farmhouse sinks are made of stainless steel, copper, cast iron, and fireclay. Now, in addition to the original functionality, is the added benefit of aesthetic, with numerous designs and colors available.
What is the difference in a farmhouse sink and apron sink?
Apron sinks have a distinct look, with the front of the sink facing out. Because farmhouse sinks also have this design, they are also known as apron sinks. Materials used to be the main difference between apron and farmhouse sinks. Today, farmhouse sinks are also made of stainless steel, copper, cast iron, and fireclay.
What is a fireclay farmhouse sink?
The fireclay farmhouse sink refers to the material used to make the sink. Fireclay is a form of ceramic, formed with clay and other minerals. Because fireclay can withstand high temperatures, it is used as bricks to line ovens and furnaces. Fireclay is a non-porous material, which helps in resisting scratches, chips, and stains. This type of material is resilient and is known to be durable, even with daily use. The exterior is more durable than ceramic and it looks like enameled cast iron.
Does fireclay material chip?
Fireclay is known to be resistant to chips. In the rare case that a there is a chip, there are products, specifically made for farmhouse sinks, that can repair the chip. Product care and maintenance is the key to preventing any chips.
Do farmhouse sinks stain?
Farmhouse sinks are easy to maintain and most discoloration can be prevented or removed easily. White or light-colored sinks will show imperfections more than other colors. Product care and maintenance is the key to preventing any stains. There are products specifically made for the maintenance and care of farmhouse sinks. Please refer to your manufacturers guide for best cleaning practices for your sink.
Do Farmhouse Sinks Scratch easily?
Farmhouse sinks are known to be scratch resistant - this does not mean that it is impossible for them to scratch, just rare. Some of the “scratches” found, are marks or streaks, caused by cast iron skillets and other types of dishes. Most surface marks can be easily buffed out, by using baking soda. There are many cleaning products, specifically made for cleaning and removing marks and scratches, on farmhouse sinks. Product care and maintenance is the key to preventing any scratches.
Are farmhouse sinks durable?
Farmhouse sinks are known for their durability. There are different types of farmhouse sinks, each material has its benefits. White and light-colored sinks may show more signs of wear, but can be easily cleaned, just like any other material. Just like any product, product care, outlined by the manufacturer, is essential to maintaining quality and durability.
Which farmhouse sink material is best?
There are many colors, designs, and options for each type of sink. An experienced professional should always be consulted and assist with any final decisions. Knowing the sink requirements is the main factor in what choice should be made. Lifestyle is another major component of the decision-making process. Always read the care instructions of any product, to establish if the product care is manageable.
Is it difficult to install a farmhouse sink?
Because of the durability of the farmhouse sink, the weight of the sink is a concern, during the installation process. Finding an experienced professional is recommended, for any task.
Does a farmhouse sink require a special cabinet, or can an existing cabinet be used?
Special cabinets are not required, although the existing cabinet may need to be retrofitted, changed, modified, or reworked to fit the farmhouse sink.
Can a farmhouse sink be undermounted?
Of course. There are many styles and designs for undermounted farmhouse sinks.
What size sink should I get for a 36” cabinet?
The recommended size for a 36” cabinet is 33”. This gives 1 ½ inches on each side, a total of 3 inches. For standard cabinets, you want 3" more than the sink. So for a 33" cabinet, you would want a 30" sink.
Can a farmhouse sink have a garbage disposal?
Yes. Most farmhouse sinks have a standard 3 ½ inch drain opening and are compatible with the attachments that come with any standard garbage disposal. There are also kits that are available, if the standard attachments do not fit. You just want to make sure to check the specs to see if an extender is required.
What Faucets can I use with a farmhouse sink?
Since most farmhouse sinks do not have holes in them for sinks, this gives you the ability and creativity to use any faucet that you choose.
Regular product care and maintenance, outlined by the manufacturer, is the key prevention in protection and maintaining quality and durability.