Jeannine Castro. Sinks. July 14th , 2017.
If you happen to already have a prepared hole for your undermount bar sink, you can install the sink yourself as long as you are a little handy. When replacing your counter top along with adding a sink, the best way to install the sink is to do it before the counter top is installed. You can epoxy the sink to the counter while the counter is upside down. After the sink has dried you can then install the counter with the sink already attached.
The most common sink you will find would be made of stainless steel. They are available in all price ranges. But it is not advisable to buy cheap stainless steel sinks as they would be made of very thin material and would not be durable. Moreover cheaper stainless steel sinks would get scratches on them easily. A good quality stainless steel sink would be easy to clean and won’t get scratched easily. It is better not to get the mirror type stainless steel sinks. Frequent use will scratch its surface and the shiny new look will become a foggy dirty look. Also do check if there is insulation under the sink bowl. Insulation tends to minimize the noise created by water drumming.
It is critically important if you are choosing an undermount kitchen sink that is made from stainless steel that the product be made from high quality 304 stainless steel. It is also important that any sink you purchase has the availability of additional sink accessories, such as grates that fit in the bottom of the sink. These grates help eliminate some of the scratches that can appear over time in that nice finish of your undermount. These sink grates also have another nice function, they allow fruit and vegetables to rest inside the sink with out laying in the bottom of a sink that may not be as germ free as some mothers would like. It is important to be able to have a nice match between the strainers and the finish of your undermount kitchen sink as well.
Copper has natural antibacterial properties. It will prevent the germs from developing in the sink. Some copper sinks have coatings which totally remove the natural antibacterial properties of copper, so it is advisable to go for a non coated copper sink for the sink to be germ free. Moreover the coating or the plating will eventually wear off. Natural colouration of copper is feasible but ageing improves the appearance of copper. Copper apron sinks that are mainly used in farmhouses can be made more feasible if you give a fire and ice finish on the apron.
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.
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