Have you been thinking about installing a farmhouse sink? The trend has exploded in remodeled homes. It offers a sleek look combined with the rustic farmhouse vibe. Along with the aesthetics, these sinks are much deeper and wider than traditional kitchen sinks, allowing you to wash more, clean more, stack more and save yourself from splashing. But while farmhouse sinks have become wildly popular, there are some major drawbacks to take into consideration before installing one in your home.
One of the biggest problems is the installation itself. Farmhouse sinks do not have the same footprint as traditional sinks, so you’ll have to redo the surrounding countertops. And, a farmhouse sink needs to be installed underneath the countertop to create a seamless transition between the counter and sink.
Another downside is that farmhouse sinks are expensive. A cast-iron farmhouse sink costs nearly $1,000 and a traditional double-basin cast iron sink costs less than $400.
The design of a farmhouse sink, with no countertop between the sink and the edge, also results in dripped and splashed water. If not immediately cleaned up, this could eventually result in water damage to the cabinets and floor below.
A brand new white sink looks crisp and clean, but only stays looking that way if the sink is carefully maintained. White cast iron tends to show wear-and-tear and grime more than other materials that mask such casualties. This means you better love that sink because you’ll be spending lots of time cleaning it.
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