travel. Sinks. August 13th , 2017.
Buying a sink is not as easy as it seems. Yes, you can always go ahead and pick up any sink from the market but the best sink for you is one that will satisfy your requirements and also add beauty to your room. Sinks are used to clean things and that means it has to be durable to last the harassment it would normally get. To identify the right sink for you, a lot of aspects of the sink are to be looked into and that is just what we will be discussing here.
With a top mount sink, you basically just need a hole in the counter that the sink will drop into. This type of sink has a flange, or lip, that runs all the way around the sink and sits on top of the counter top. Because this flange overhangs the counter, the edge of the hole does not have to be finished. In fact, if the hole is kind of ragged, no one will ever know as long as you use a top mounted sink. The sink is then fastened from below the counter with screws and small plates that hold the sink in place.
The current trend is starting to change in the stainless steel undermount sink. In the past most people preferred a double bowl sink, however a single large bowl is being selected much more frequently. It would seem many people are using the dishwasher and they want a larger single sink to wash just the pots and pans. It should be noted that the largest undermount single bowl on the market today is typically 30 inches long (measured horizontally) by 18 inches wide (front to back). This does not seem like big difference from the typical double bowl that measures 33 inches long (measured horizontally) by 22 inches wide (front to back), but the reality is the reduction of the sink size allows for much greater room behind the sink which will now open up your faucet choices and it also allows placement of the sink a little farther back in the countertop which allows the front edge of the counter top more meat which helps significantly in keeping breakage of the countertop to a minimum. This is truly important because most solid surface countertops fail at this critical point not only at installation but a year or two after installation after your fabricator is now no longer responsible.
In the case of an undermount bar sink, the job is definitely more complicated. In fact, in most cases you will want to have a professional install your undermount sink. If you happen to have a hole prepared in your counter matching the specifications of your sink, you can attempt the job yourself. The actual mounting of the sink is not the hard part. The difficult part is usually making and finishing the sink hole. Since the sink mounts under the cabinet, there is no flange showing on the counter. This means the counter top has to have a rounded and finished edge leading down to the sink. This is where you are very likely to need a professional.
The next vessel sink is recently being incorporated into newer models of houses and to remodeled old homes. These sinks are known as pedestal sinks, which includes a pedestal to support the basin and at the same time, concealing the pipes used for its drainage and water supply. Like the wall-mounted vessel sink, the pedestal sink is practically used to save space. The minimal size of the pedestal sink allows simple installation, and is mostly suitable for installing a sink on wall parts that are near the corners. The pedestal sink is also ideal for small spaces such as powder rooms. These sinks are often made of vitreous china, fire-clay, porcelain or ceramic.
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