When installing a countertop sink in a laundry room, a built-in top-mounted stainless steel utility sink can fit the bill.

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Q: We’re installing a new laundry room. We plan for a countertop area with a built-in laundry sink for soaking clothes. All the laundry sinks we have seen are enameled cast iron. But we want a stainless steel laundry sink and don’t want to install a stainless steel kitchen sink as an easy way out. Can you please give us some laundry sink guidance?

A: Since you’re installing a countertop area, a built-in top-mounted stainless steel utility sink can fit the bill.

Stainless steel utility sinks are a little different than stainless steel kitchen sinks. Utility sinks are ideal for laundry areas because of three main differences over standard kitchen sinks.

First, in most cases, utility sinks are single-bowl style with a little extra bowl depth for soaking clothes.

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Second, heavy-duty stainless steel material is usually used for construction since a utility sink will most likely be used as a work sink.

Finally, extra features can include sound-absorption technology to reduce banging noises.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.