There are several major elements you might be considering if you’re planning a kitchen remodel, and one that’s prominent during many such projects is the sink. The sink is often one of the centerpieces of a kitchen, plus is one of the areas of this space that has the most practical usage involved on a daily basis.
At Topp Remodeling & Construction, kitchen remodeling is just one of several areas our general contactors will assist you with if you’re considering any kind of home remodeling or additions. What are some of the sink options you have available to you during a kitchen remodel selection process, and what are some of the pros and cons of each as you work toward making your choice? This two-part blog series will dig into this and some other important details on this part of the process.
First and foremost, we wanted to discuss a sink format that should be a primary consideration for any homeowner doing a kitchen remodel in a space that doesn’t already contain this style: The double-basin sink. As the name suggests, this is the much more common sink style you’ll see today, featuring two distinct basins separated by a wall. It makes for simpler workflow and also is expected by any potential future homebuyer – if you’re working with a single-basin sink and performing a remodel, the double-basin upgrade should be one of your first considerations.
For those who are looking for customizable sinks that are also very easy to keep clean, the undermount sink is often a great choice. It’s attached from below to a pre-cut opening, allowing for simple sweeping of crumbs or other debris into the basin area without any hassle.
The undermount is also a sleek, modern look for those who want this aesthetic emphasized in the kitchen. However, do know that this style can only be used with solid-surface countertops like granite or marble, so laminate or other materials won’t work.
On the flip side of the undermount sink is the overmount sink, also referred to as a drop-in sink. These are the two most common general types.
The overmount sink is set down into a hole when it’s installed, with the outer edge holding it in place. It’s a very affordable option, generally more so than the undermount sink, and is also a highly flexible design. On top of this, owners note that overmount sinks are very easy to replace; this is countered by the fact that they may build up soap scum and other material under their rim, meaning they need a bit more maintenance than undermount sinks.
For more on the sink styles available to you during a kitchen remodel, or to learn about any of our kitchen remodeling or general contractor services, speak to the staff at Topp Remodeling & Construction today.