Toni Sweet. Sinks. September 28th , 2017.
Sinks are the most used item in bathrooms and kitchens. They are not only useful but can enhance the style of the room where they are fixed. While deciding the sinks, the strength and durability comes first, and then comes the color and style. It is also very important to think about the use of the sink in a particular area. More than being a functional necessity they have aesthetic appeal. They come in different designs; have softer lines and a variety of finishes.
A vanity sink is one that is installed into cabinetry. The most common types of installation for a vanity sink are drop in and under mount. A drop in vanity sink is one that fits into a hole cut into the counter top. The hole is slightly smaller than the rim around the top of the sink so that it sits comfortably on the counter top. This type of installation is best if the counter tops you are using do not have finished edges. The sink will hide the cut edges of the counter. The second type of installation can be utilized if you have marble or granite counter tops that have finished edges. The sink is mounted under the counters so you will see the sides of the counter where the hole has been cut. These sinks are most appropriate for larger bathroom where you will need storage. Most of the time there just isn’t room for a cabinet in a small powder room.
Pedestal sinks are extremely popular with both new construction and older homes. This type uses a pedestal to support the basin and disguise the water lines and plumbing. Pedestal sinks are practical, space-saving choices because of their small footprint and simple installation. They are available for use on a straight wall, or specially designed for use in a corner. Corner style pedestal sinks are particularly useful for very small powder rooms. Pedestal sinks are most often made of vitreous china, ceramic, fireclay, or porcelain.
Another way to secure the sink is to use epoxy. A bead of epoxy is placed around the under side of the sink’s lip. You can also place a bead of epoxy around the edge of the sink hole. Drop the sink in the hole and make sure you have a flush seam all the way around. If part of the sink is not flush, use the brackets under the counter to pull it down and secure it. If you do have a flush seam, it means you have a very smooth and level counter surface. If this is the case, you can use just epoxy to mount the sink and may not need any screws and brackets underneath. In either case, be sure to allow the epoxy to dry for the amount of time shown on the packaging. Do not touch the sink at all during this period.
It is always better to get your sinks with predrilled holes on it. Most sinks tend to have about four holes drilled in them. However based on your necessity you can add or reduce the number of holes present in the sink. You can use readymade plugs available to cover unused holes and also get a hole drilled if you need more holes. As sinks are available in a variety of materials you have to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the common materials used to build sinks. This would allow you to select the right sink material to suit your needs.
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