"304 stainless steel does have one weakness: it is susceptible to corrosion from chloride solutions, or from saline environments like the coast. Chloride ions can create localized areas of corrosion, called "pitting," which can spread beneath protective chromium barriers to compromise internal structures. Solutions with as little as 25 ppm of sodium chloride can begin to have a corrosive effect." (Source:http://www.reliance-foundry.com/blog/304-vs-316-stainless-steel#gref)
I have always been interested in improving my offerings to make sure they are the best in the world. Type 316 is a bit more expensive, however, I justify this by the realization that my sinks are not throw away sinks. Rachiele sinks are designed and built to last generations. 316 Marine Grade Benefits over typical 304 Stainless Steel:
Superior Corrosion Resistance
Greater Resistance to Chemical Attack
Considerably more Resistant to Acid Solutions, Chlorides, Bromides, Iodides and Fatty Acids at High Temperatures.
Type 316 contains Molybdenum and is Required in the Manufacturing of Certain Pharmaceuticals in Order to Avoid Excessive Metallic Contamination.
Maximum Resistance to Pitting (Type 304 can pit when exposed to a mixture of salt and vinegar)
Prevents Sitting Water and or Soap from Staining (This is a huge benefit)
Resistant to Chlorine (You should never put pure bleach in ANY type 304 sink! - just Google this, you will see this is a fact!)
Can be Used in an Outdoor Installation without worry about staining.
It Does not React to the Alkalies and Acids found in Milk, Cooked Foods, Vegetables, and Food Additives
Homes in Coastal Areas with Salt in the Air will Benefit from Type 316 Stainless - no fear of rusting or corroding.
Higher resistance to pitting and scaling.
Custom Made in the USA Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks - All sinks are 16 gauge, all are custom made.
All are Hand-Crafted in Florida in my Factory.
NEW DESIGN FEATURE FOR 2018 NexGen is the next generation in workstation sinks. Up until now, workstation sinks had a "step" that held up the accessories. My new innovative design removes the step and the sink width remains the same at the bottom as the top. This innovation gives the user an extra inch of front to back space in the sink with this option. My design gives 34 square inches of additional space inside a 36" sink. You just might fit your outdoor grill inside the sink!
Caution: if you are looking at hammered nickel sinks, read this thread on Houzz.com.
We are often asked; "What is the best type of stainless for a residential sink?" We use only USA sourced stainless type 316. The type of stainless we use insures it will not rust like many of the stainless sinks that are imported from China. We specialize in hammered and custom stainless kitchen sinks. We have lead the industry in sink design with firsts such as: Rear corner drains, retrofit farmhouse sinks, textured stainless steel (Millennia), workstation sinks (Signature Series and NexGen) ergonomically designed depths of bowls, and much more.
This is just one example of the difference between a Rachiele sink and most others. The retail price on this Franke PKX11028 28 3/4" sink is $2399. What other "Luxury Brands" pass off as first quality would be put in our scrap bin. Rachiele leads the industry in quality and innovation.
Ergonomic Design - NexGen is smartest designed sink in the industry!
Our sinks feature rear corner drains. Other manufacturers use rear center or center drains which get in the way of washing pots and pans as well as food preparation.
We recommend 8" deep sinks for most situations. I will discuss your specific needs by phone when you order.
The majority of stainless steel sinks on the market have center or rear center drains and must be deep in order to be marginally usable. The difference is not subtle. Our customers tell us they would never go back to a sink with a center or rear center drain!
Our sinks are custom made We can fit many existing situations as well as your lifestyle at prices that are similar to the mass produced luxury sinks on the market. We use heavy 16 gauge stainless steel for our sinks. We generally can build a sink in 3-6 weeks.
Patented Designs. We are the only company who can offer an apron front to fit existing cabinetry.
Custom Drain Board Options. We offer custom drain boards on our undermount and apron sinks - you pick the size! (Warning - this type of sink is expensive and takes a bit of time to make.)
I absolutely guarantee my sink to be the quietest stainless sink on the market - by far. I use a very expensive multi layer sound deadening product on the bottom of my sink. I would say that our product reduces the noise factor by over 100 times the next best product. 2 square inches of this product will render a cymbal used in a drum kit, virtually quiet. We use at least one 6" square on the bottom of each sink. You will only hear water, no sink sounds.
Hand-Hammered Stainless Steel Sinks. We are one of the only companies offering hammered stainless steel 16 gauge sinks and the only company offering it in 316L Marine Grade/Medical Grade Stainless.
I use only domestic stainless steel. You would think that would be common in sinks made in the USA, but it is not. Chinese stainless is about 20% less expensive than American stainless and is the choice of most domestic manufacturers. I have personally experienced flawed Chinese stainless and have seen photos of rusting and pitted Chinese stainless. Do your homework - the manufacturer should be able to send you specifications showing where the stainless was produced.
Top mount or under mount sinks to replace existing sinks. Custom made to perfection. We have replaced old fashioned double and triple bowl sinks with much less hassle than you might expect. The process is quite easy. Just give me a call.
Our sinks are smart! Rear corner drains allow you to wash on one side, set off to dry on the other. You can also place cookie sheets, platters and large pans inside the sink without covering the drain. Try that in any other sink!
Lastly, our sinks are made in the USA. I have heard, second hand, of many stainless sinks coming from China that rust. A contractor emailed a photo of a Kohler Vault that he claims is made in China. Brand new, full of rust.
Let me talk about sound deadening! I absolutely guarantee my sink to be the quietest stainless sink on the market - by far. I use a very expensive multi layer sound deadening product on the bottom of my sink. I would say that our product reduces the noise factor by over 10 times the next best product. 2 square inches of this product will render a cymbal used in a drum kit, virtually quiet. Check out this video I did for my other company. We use the same material on the bottom of all stainless sinks - only the size is significantly larger. My philosophy: Do it right the first time, do it with the best materials and labor force and offer unparalleled customer service. Those ideals will build an enviable reputation.