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Comparing undermount and overmount kitchen sinks

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When designing a new kitchen, or renovating your existing kitchen, one of the most important considerations should be the kitchen sink. This needs to be both practical for food preparation and cleaning, as well as stylish for the best possible aesthetic results. When choosing a new sink, overmount and undermount sinks are something you will undoubtedly come across. But what are the differences between these two kitchen sink options? And what should you consider when comparing undermount and overmount kitchen sinks? Well, here at Homematas, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design specialists. From contemporary, to traditional and rustic, we can offer something for every home.

What is an undermount kitchen sink?

An undermount kitchen sink is one that is installed under the counter. This means that there is no rim between the sink and the counter top.

What is an overmount kitchen sink?

An overmount kitchen sink is one that is installed into a pre-cut hole in the cabinet, from the top. This leaves a rim around the edge of the sink, and usually also has an attached draining area, visible on the counter top.

Comparing undermount and overmount kitchen sinks

To make a clear comparison between these two kitchen sink types, there are some specific details you should consider, including:

  • The cost
  • The visual style
  • The practicality

The cost

In general, an overmount kitchen sink is cheaper and easier to install than an undermount kitchen sink. It is cheaper to buy overmount sinks, and the installation cost is also cheaper.

The visual style

For high end kitchens with granite or marble worktops, an undermount kitchen sink can be much more stylish and visually attractive. This is because the overmount sink covers a significant section of the worktop it is positioned over, and this may not be in line with the overall kitchen style. Contemporary kitchens in particular can use undermount kitchens for an improved visual result.

The practicality

For an undermount kitchen sink, you need to be sure that:

  • you don’t over fill the sink as the water will run out across your work surface
  • you dont allow the adhesive holding the sink in place to get wet

For an overmount kitchen sink, you need to be sure that:

  • small pieces of food or dirt do not get stuck under the rim of the sink, as this can lead to dangerous moulds and mildews building up

For more information or to find the perfect sink for your home, get in touch with the team today, here at Homematas.