Ceramic Undermount Sinks
Getting the Lowdown on Sink Shopping and Installation.
A kitchen would be incomplete without the sink. After all, it is one of the three essential parts of the work triangle, contributing to the efficiency of the cooking hub. It is also where two extremes of kitchen activities happen—cleaning and disposing—because of the garbage disposal that comes with it. Due to its essential role in the entire food preparation process, it should not come as a surprise that it has evolved from the ordinary to extraordinary. It may have been just a sink in the past, but it has now become a kitchen’s showpiece, depending on the design, color, and material. This also means that shopping for the ideal fixture can be quite challenging what with the many products available in the market. But take the guesswork out of a trip to the home depot, by keeping the following pointers in mind:
Size and Features
This type of hardware is no longer limited to one shape and depth. In fact, your options will run from stainless steel drop-in or ceramic undermount sinks. The standard size, however, is 22 by 30 inches that is about 8 inches deep. However, there are plenty of other types that will suit a variety of needs. If you will be cleaning large pots frequently, for instance, buy a sink that is either 9 or 10 inches deep. Other options include shallow, high-set bowls, unequally sized basins, oversized single basins, or those that fit in tight corners.
The most important features are the four holes that will accommodate the faucets, handles, and sprayers. Some sinks, however, come with a liquid soap dispenser, hot water, and purifier. Which one should you choose? It all depends on how you will use the sink most often.
While choosing the right one can give you a headache, the variety of components is what give the kitchen its texture and personality. To help you make an informed decision, you should familiarize the various materials and their advantages and disadvantages.
- Stainless steel is built to last for a long time. It is resistant to rust, extreme temperatures, and damage on impact. It is also inexpensive, especially those with thinner gauge. But, it is not absent of any flaw. Over time, water spots will show if you do not clean it thoroughly. When dents and scratches do occur, they are unlikely to go away until you replace it.
- Stones are durable and offer a unique style. They are expensive though and require re-sealing every year or two. This means that expenses do not stop when the installation work is over. Moreover, it will stain and etch similar to what will happen when you cut through granite or spill red wine on marble.
- Solid surface such as Corian can be easily integrated with the drain board or countertop. Because it creates a seamless piece, there are little, to no, crevices between the sink and counter, eliminating the buildup of moisture and grime. This makes it easy to clean and very sanitary. What is more, any scratch or burn can be sanded out to re-gain its original look. The downside is that they must be installed professionally, making it quite expensive. You should also avoid placing hot pans on it as it will burn easily.
- Copper can be the focal of your kitchen because of its stunning style and high sheen. It is usually made of pure natural copper that are either welded or molded to form a sink bowl. Unfortunately, it is very expensive and requires high maintenance.
Isn’t there any material that is all good? There will always be a flaw or two and that is a fact. Ceramic, on the other hand, has often been thought of as undesirable for use in the kitchen or bathroom. But what most people do not know is that it has been used by many homeowners for a very long time. It is also more affordable than metal or granite as it is easy to work with in the manufacturing process. Moreover, it is widely available in various colors.
Now that you are familiar with some of the most common sink materials, it is time to decide how it will be mounted—over or under?
Overmount is where the edges sit on the countertop with the weight of the sink fully supported by the counter. Undermount, on the other hand, is still a new concept that is becoming more popular. This is where the basin is installed below the counter with the load supported by silicone caulk or adhesive.
Between the two options, you probably would think that the latter is not all that durable. Can you imagine how the silicone will hold all the weight of the sink when it is filled with water? More so, if you decide to go with ceramic undermount sinks. What you do not know though, is that such a design will hold, weight and all, if it is installed properly. As long as dust is removed before the silicone caulk is applied it will last for a long time.
What is great about ceramic undermount sinks is that they provide a seamless, smooth look as though the basin was built along with the counter. These makes cleaning up very convenient as you can wipe food scraps right into the sink. And because there are no exposed rims or grouts, no crumbs or dirt will be left on the surface, encouraging the growth of bacteria. Also, the design concept fully encompasses what a minimalist style is all about—clean lines. What about leaks? As previously mentioned, whatever possible problems that are likely to occur with such a style are eliminated through proper installation.
Aside from these, undermount is compatible with a variety of countertop materials, such as granite, marble, soapstone, and concrete. This means that it will suit most popular style concepts of today.
Now that you are aware of how to go shopping for sink, as well as the installation, your trip to the home depot would no longer be tiring or time-consuming.Back To Top.