Undermount or Overmount Sinks: What to Consider When Making the Decision.
If you’re having a new kitchen installed, you’ll no doubt be wondering which sink to get. With so many designs and styles on the market, choosing from those available can be a challenge.
It may help to first consider the type of sink you want. There are two – undermount sinks and overmount sinks. Let’s focus on each in turn so you can better make the right decision for you.
As the name suggests, these are mounted underneath the worktop rather than being dropped into it from above. While an experienced DIYer could install an overmount sink, an undermount design should always be fitted by a professional to ensure the job is done properly.
One of the big advantages of this type of sink is that it gives you the ability to sweep anything from the countertop straight into the sink if you wish. For example, you can prepare vegetables and then slide them straight into a waiting sink of cold water to wash them.
You also have the ability to get a Butler or Belfast sink if you opt for this design. They can only be fitted under the worktop and cannot drop in from above. Thus it may suit certain kitchen designs more than others, if you want a classic country kitchen look.
These are probably the most popular type of sink and the easiest to install. If you are getting a laminated worktop, you should opt for this type of sink, otherwise the inside of the worktop will be exposed to water. This means it will eventually ‘blow’, even with a suitable trim in place.
One of the big advantages is cost. These sinks are cheaper both to buy and install. You can also get one that is bigger than the cabinet underneath it. This is because the sink bowl will sit in the cabinet, but the drainer will sit over the worktop when fixed in place.
You also have the option to choose from a wide variety of materials when choosing a drop-in sink. These include stainless steel, ceramic and granite.
Choose the one that’s right for you and your budget
By assessing the different options available, the size of your budget and how big you want your kitchen sink to be, you will find it much easier to choose between undermount and overmount designs.