Should You Install A Top Mounted Sink or Under Mounted?

by Debra

in Remodel Ranch Home

What’s the best choice in kitchen sinks? Should you install a top mounted sink or an under mounted sink?

Up until a few years ago – we only had one choice in sinks – all sinks were top mounted. We could choose from stainless steel, porcelain or cast iron. Remember the first time you saw a cobalt blue sink in a design magazine? It was probably a top mounted sink.

Top Mounted Sinks

A top mounted sink is installed in the counter with a lip that hangs over the counter to hold it in place.  They are easy to install because the faucet holes are already in place. You can install the faucets and drain “stuff” right to the sink before it’s even installed on the counter.

Sink manufacturers provide the installer with a template. The idea is to just cut a hole in the counter using the template as a guide and drop in the sink. Easy!

The plus side of a top mounted sink is they are cheap to install and they come in more styles. Top mount sinks are easier to replace but the edge of the sink is difficult to keep clean. The grout or sealer often needs to replaced because dirt and food particles collect and can’t be easily wiped away.

The new style of vessel sinks are also called top mounted sinks… but that’s a different story. 🙂

Under Mounted Sinks

Under mounted sinks give a more modern – clean lined look. If you have a traditional style kitchen choose a top mount sink… a stainless undermount sink will look to sleek.

The faucets are mounted in the counter top material so your choice of styles will be limited.

If you are looking for ways to cut the budget in a kitchen remodel… a top mount sink is the way to go.

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diet food plan February 19, 2010 at 2:32 am

Place the sink upside down on the countertop. The sink should be far enough away from the overhang so that when the hole is cut, the sink fits behind the lower cabinet. Make sure the sink is even across the counter by using a tape measure to measure the distance from the edge of the counter at both ends of the sink.
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