You can find undermount sink in a variety of materials, but there are some important things to know before making that change!
Continue reading for everything you need to know about getting an undermount sink!
Your Countertop Material Matters
Before you run out and buy an undermount kitchen sink, make sure you have the right kind of countertops.
Laminate or tile countertops are not strong enough to support undermount sinks. These materials have too many weak points on the seams and grout lines.
You will want to be sure you have a solid surface material like granite, quartz, marble, or concrete that is strong enough to hold the weight of the sink.
Installation Needs to Be Done Just Right
It’s important to understand the ins and outs of undermount sink installation. Undermount sinks are heavy and require proper sealing and support.
The right kind of epoxy and silicone sealant will create a strong seal that will prevent water leakage or result in a weak mount and potential breaking points.
To avoid the use of 2 x 4s and to leave room for your plumbing, most installers will use undermount sink clips to install your sink.
There are different styles of these, some that need installing in the sink before being brought onsite for installing into your counters. You can find more information here on a bracket kit to help support your sink from underneath.
Consider enlisting the help of a professional with the installation.
Pros and Cons
Undermount sinks, particularly the undermount farmhouse sink, have become more popular in recent years. There are pros and cons to consider before choosing the undermount style.
Cleaning your counters is amazingly easy with an undermount sink. Without an exposed lip you can simply wipe anything from your counters into the sink and it falls right in. There are also no caulked edges to clean and keep free of mold.
While minimal, you do reclaim some counter space with an undermount sink. While it may not be much, the look and feel of more space is a definite game-changer.
Undermount sinks are more expensive than your standard sinks.
Because you need to have a solid surface material, you may also have to replace your counters to get your dream sink.
Condensation underneath the sink can contribute to mold.
You will have to attach your faucet to your countertop or the wall. This will add to installation costs and you may have to purchase a completely new faucet if your old one isn’t a compatible style.
Space considerations may prevent you from installing an undermount bathroom sink.
An Undermount Sink Is a Beautiful Choice
Understanding more about undermount sinks will hopefully make them a more accessible choice. Knowing how to prepare your space and the basics of installation can help you know if the extra cost of an undermount sinks is worth it for you.
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