There are a lot of choices to make when installing a countertop. You have to choose the type of stone, color, pattern, finish, and more. Today we’re going to talk about your options for sink installation. Most of our projects include at least one sink, and many homeowners don’t fully understand their options. While there are many different types of sinks, there are essentially three different types of sink installations; top-mount, under-mount, and flush-mount. We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to help you decide which installation is best for your project.
Top-Mount Sink Installation
This is by far the most common type of sink installation. We simply pre-cut a hole in your countertop to drop the sink into. The wide rim around the sink holds it in place and then it’s caulked with silicone to make it watertight. This type of installation can also be called self-rimming or drop-in sinks.
- Easy to install, they simply slide into place
- Very common and easy to find
- Typically, this is a lower-priced option
- Can be removed or replaced without damaging countertops
- It can be hard to clean around the edges. The raised lip means you can’t just sweep crumbs into the sink.
- The rim takes up 1-2” around the sink area. In spaces with limited counter space to begin with that could be a deal-breaker.
- It can be seen as dated because it doesn’t have the modern, clean lines of other types of installation.
Under-Mount Sink Installation
This is the opposite of a top mount sink. Instead of being held up by a rim above the countertop it is attached underneath. Special clips keep it in place and the base cabinet structure supports its weight. This creates a more seamless transition between the counter and the sink. This can also be called a recessed sink.
- Easier to clean surrounding countertops
- Modern, clean lines
- Takes up less counter space
- Typically, more expensive.
- It requires careful planning to ensure the weight of the sink is fully supported. May require a specially designed base cabinet
- Debris can get stuck at the inside edge where the sink and counter meet.
In this type of installation, the countertop surface flows seamlessly into the sink without and visible edges. Usually, the sink is made from the same material as the countertop, though it’s fabricated separately. This can also be called an integrated sink installation.
- Easy to clean, modern aesthetic and less counter space just like the under-mount sink installation
- Consistent material throughout
- Sinks must be custom fabricated, which increases cost.
- If there are any issues or the sink gets damaged it can be difficult to replace.
- May require a specially designed base cabinet
If you’d like to learn more about what sink installation options would work best for your project, contact us today.