Kitchen sink installation needs you to determine the materials, styles, color, and mounting options accessible. Let’s understand the kitchen sink mounting types to make an informed decision.
Basic types of kitchen sink mount
This kind is attached to countertop bottom giving a seamless and sleek appearance to the kitchen. As the sink mounts below there is no edge, so wiping crumbs and other debris becomes easy.
(Materials – stainless steel, copper, cast-iron, natural stone, and acrylic ‘solid surface’)
A hole of sink size is made in the surface of the countertop for installation. This sink is easy to install and best option for people on a tight budget. Slip in the hole, secure it with anchors to the countertop, and apply caulking around the sink’s brim.
This raised edge makes wiping food crumbs directly inside the sink difficult. For those, who desire a vintage look can go for drop-in mount types.
(Materials – stainless steel, acrylic ‘solid surface’ and cast iron)
Apron or farmhouse sinks
Stunning modern models of apron sinks are pictured beauty. In this kind, a large apron that drops in front of the sink is included in the design. It is difficult to install because modifications are needed. These look attractive but aprons get scratched from metal buttons on the jeans or belt buckles. There will be a caulking between countertop and sink, where gunk and moisture gets collected.
(Materials – Cast iron, copper, ceramic, and stainless steel)
Unlike top mount sinks there is no need to cut sink-size hole in the countertop surface. Just a hole is drilled for the drain. It looks seamless and clean. It is perfect and appealing option for modern kitchen style. There are no nooks & crannies, so cleanup is easy.
Integral sink is an expensive mounting type because it is tailor made. You pay for raw materials, fabrication, as well as installation.
(Materials – Countertops of stone, solid surface, metal, or quartz can have integral sink fabricated)
Visit the gallery on http://www.pimpmysink.com/mounting-styles/ to get an idea about the different styles and looks.
Generally, aesthetics and price rules final decision of buying. Drop-in sinks are budget friendly because it can become a DIY task. You can do it easily in an inexpensive laminate countertop.
Apron and undermount sinks need professional installation. It even needs to be mounted on a non-porous and sturdy countertop material. Therefore the overall cost can be significant.
Integral sinks are actually most expensive kind because of material cost and fabrication. Ultimately the decision will be based on personal preference and needs.