If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, you may be dreaming of the possibilities for lots of things. How will your cabinets look? Where will your new pull out trash go? How about your appliances? What kind of flooring will you have? A big thing to think about is the style of sink you want. While you may be stuck thinking about whether you want a double or single sink, what color you want it to be, and what kind of faucet you want, another big factor is undermount or drop in?
Undermount sinks are great for a few reasons. Aesthetically, they look fantastic. They do excellent for reselling your home, as many homeowners enjoy the look of an undermount sink. Undermount refers to where the sink is mounted, meaning it is mounted beneath the countertop, and a hole in the countertop allows you to access the sink. Undermount sinks also give you a bit more counter space because the counter top runs up to the sink. It makes pushing things into the sink a breeze — as well as cleaning your countertops.
The con to owning an undermount sink can come in the cleaning aspect. While it’s easier to clean countertops with an undermount sink, since there’s still a mounting point on the counter top, food and otherwise can get stuck between the sink and the counter top. While there is silicone caulking there to prevent this, the caulking will need to be replaced every 3-5 years.
A drop in sink is a classic. It’s the sink you’re most used to, which comes down over the hole in the counter top and then is sealed into place with caulking over the countertop. This does reduce some counter space, however, it’s much easier to clean than an undermount sink. On top of this, there are a lot more options for countertop materials for drop in sinks because most drop-in sinks have a standard size hole they are to be placed in.
Undermount sinks can attach to almost any material except for laminate, whereas drop-in sinks can. If you need to save or just love a laminate countertop, a drop-in sink may be a better solution for you. Plus, drop-in sinks are generally cheaper than undermount sinks.
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