Undermount Kitchen Sinks
Whether remodeling an existing kitchen or working on design plans for the kitchen of a new home, individuals may
want to consider using an undermount kitchen sink rather than an overmount (also referred to as drop-in) kitchen
sink. Instead of sitting on top of the countertop like traditional overmount sinks do, undermount kitchen sinks are
attached to the bottom of the kitchen counter using a strong, durable adhesive, such as epoxy. For heavier sinks,
additional supports such as clips, screws, and supports may be used to keep the sink securely in place.
Undermount kitchen sinks are a relatively new type of sink that have been used in many home remodels and new
home construction projects over the last several years. These types of sinks come in many shapes, sizes, materials
and colors. Undermount kitchen sinks come in single-bowl, double-bowl, triple-bowl, and farmer-sink styles.
Stainless steel, cast iron, granite, copper, porcelain, and acrylic are just of the few materials used to make
these versatile sinks. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, including rectangular, round, and oval. Not
only do undermount kitchen sinks add to the visual beauty of the kitchen but undermount kitchen sinks provide
additional benefits as well.
When a high-end countertop, such as granite, is installed in a kitchen the last thing the homeowner wants is for
their countertop to be covered by an overmount sink. By having a sink that sits on top of the countertop, the
natural flow of the granite, marble or other countertop material is interrupted by the edges of the sink. While
sinks can enhance the beauty of the kitchen, it is best if the visual flow of the countertop is unbroken with the
sink only playing a minor role in the appearance of the kitchen. When undermount kitchen sinks are used, the
countertop edges at the sink are finished and polished for a sleek, smooth finish. The functionality of the sink is
maximized without compromising the exquisiteness of the countertop.
Because undermount kitchen sinks are attached underneath the countertop, the homeowner does not have to contend
with the sink edges when cleaning. Crumbs and pieces of food can get stuck underneath the edges of overmount sinks,
which can be unsanitary. Stains and mildew are often problems associated with overmount sinks because of how these
types of sinks have to be installed. Issues such as these are irrelevant with undermount sinks.