Allora USA stainless steel sinks are created with 304 Series stainless steel. 304 Series or “surgical grade” stainless steel is non-porous, hygienic, rust-free and extremely durable. This premium grade of stainless steel is considered to be the best formulation for residential sink manufacturing.
The gauge is the thickness of the stainless steel. An easy rule of thumb is, the lower the number of the gauge, the thicker and better the stainless steel. Therefore, 18 gauge is better than 20 gauge. Most under mount sinks are 18 gauge(16 gauge is available), with the top mount sinks.
The 18g is widely considered a good thickness for use in a kitchen sink. You should have no bending or dinging over time from an 18g sink. Twenty gauge sinks are usually not used as they are generally regarded as very thin. The best choice would be to go with a 16g sink. A 16g sink is going to be the most durable option, and will most likely outlast your kitchen.
16 gauge stainless steel is thicker. So, it is less susceptible to denting when something knocks into it, like a heavy pan. It also provides more sound deadening.
Chrome-Nickel content refers to the percentage of chrome and nickel in the stainless steel. Chrome gives the stainless steel its luster & durability, while the nickel is for the hardness & strength. 18/10 Stainless Steel means it contains 18% Chromium or Chrome and 10% Nickel. A sink with an 18/10 chrome-nickel content is considered to be an excellent grade, due to its corrosive resistance and greater durability.
Most Allora USA stainless steel sinks have what is called a brush finish. This elegant finish creates an enduring, easy-to-clean luster that is impervious to water stains and calcium deposits. We also have mirror polish for some special requirements.
Sound deadening pads are installed on all Platinum Series models to eliminate unwanted sounds, such as the garbage disposal growl. On our under mount sink models, a deluxe undercoating is applied, eliminating condensation, retaining water temperature and providing maximum sound absorption.
Rear sink drains maximize the “functionality” and “usable” bowl bottom space inside the bowl as well as create extra cabinet storage areas beneath the sink, by installing drain pipes and garbage disposals to the rear or back of the kitchen cabinet.
Stainless Steel is susceptible to scratches. Over time it will blend in with the overall finish of your sink. It is not necessary but you can buy a product called Bar Keeper’s Friend $29.99. This was originally developed for cleaning the metal surfaces in commercial restaurants and bars and does a super job of removing rust and polishing out minor corrosion, pitting and scratches.
It is highly recommended to use a grid to protect your sink from stretches. The grids are also made out of Stainless Steel as well which makes them very durable.
AlloraUSA sinks are created with 304 Series or ” surgical grade ” stainless steel; which is non-porous, hygienic, rust-free and extremely durable. This premium grade of stainless steel is considered to be the best formulation for residential sink manufacturing. If you see red rust, there are several possible reasons. Steel or iron ( from pots or pans ) scratches the sink and particles become embedded in the surface of the sink. These particles are much less corrosion resistant than the stainless steel, and it rusts which makes it appear that the stainless steel is rusting. Sometimes rusting can occur in different spots if you leave another product ( can opener, which is made with , most of the time 202 Series which rust ) the rust from the other product will leak on to the sink if left on there for too long.
To clean it you can purchase Barkeeper’s Friend for $29.99 ( includes shipping )
Vitreous china is an enamel coating that is applied to ceramics, particularly porcelain, after they’ve been fired, though the name can also refer to the finished piece as a whole. The coating makes the porcelain tougher, denser, and shiner, and it is a common choice for things like toilets and sink basins.
The most popular materials for bathroom sinks are vitreous china and porcelain. Many times, people wonder what’s the difference between vitreous china and porcelain. It’s difficult to get a straight answer when reading product descriptions especially when things are worded differently. The truth of the matter is, vitreous china is a coating added to ceramics like porcelain.
Vitreous china/porcelain is commonly used to make basins and toilets. The word vitreous means “Glass-Like” and describes the high gloss shine that vitreous enamel gives to porcelain and ceramics.