Phoenix Counter Top Sink Types
Select the right sink for your new counter top.
When replacing countertops in your home where sinks are installed, most
of our clients opt for a new sink to go with their new counter tops. If
you decide that a new sink is in order, you will eventually need to choose
one that not only works well with your décor, but also functions
well in your kitchen, bathroom, bar, laundry, etc. There are many different
materials to choose from, and selecting from options like stainless steel,
cast iron, china, granite, glass, etc. are all a matter of personal preference
and taste. The manner in which your sink will be mounted into your new
countertop is another decision that will need to be made. Most sinks are
available in one, or all four of these installation types : under-mount,
self rimming, apron front, or vessels.
Under Mount (Bottom Mount)
The first, and most popular by far, is the “Under-Mount
After a hole has been cut into the countertop to exactly fit the sink that
you have chosen, the raw edges from that cut out are then polished and
sealed. The sink is then mounted under the countertop and directly below
the cut out. This type of sink mount eliminates the “lip” or “rim” of
the sink that is normally exposed on top of the countertop. The benefits
of this type of sink mount are its clean, uncluttered look, and the ease
of wiping debris from the countertop directly into the sink without the
sink rim getting in the way and collecting mold and/or mildew.
Self Rimming (Over Mount, Top Mount)
The“self-rimming sink” rests on top of the
countertop after a hole is cut out to exactly match the sink that you have
chosen. This type of sink is less expensive to fabricate, as the edges
of the sink cutout are not visible and do not require polishing. Most cast
iron sinks for kitchen applications are self-rimming as they are very heavy,
however some models are available with special clips and are designed to
Apron front sinks , commonly referred to as a “farm
house sinks” are generally available in both an under mount or a
self-rimming sink of type. An apron front sink differs from the standard
under mount or self-rimming sink in that there is an apron that is part
of the sink itself that is exposed and runs down the front of the sink,
replacing the front upper portion of the cabinet box. Your cabinets are
generally custom built to accommodate this type of sink. Usually seen in
kitchens with heavy traffic, the benefit of an apron front sink is the
preservation of the cabinet box in front of where the sink is mounted.
Bathroom vanity’s also commonly use under mount and self-rimming
sinks. A bathroom vanity sink type that has become popular in the recent
years is the “Vessel sink”. Vessel sinks are mounted on top
of the countertop exposing the sides of this usually decorative sink bowl.
This installation requires a cut out for the drain only. The edges of this
cut out are also not polished, thus it is an inexpensive sink type to fabricate.
In some cases a vessel sink is manufactured to “partially
the countertop. The shape of this type of sink and the material from which
the sink is made dictate the cost of fabrication. Some partially recessed
vessel sinks come in clear or partially clear glass. In this case, the
cutout needs to be polished as it is exposed through the glass bowl.
Of all of the sink types available, the under-mount sink is popular for
two main reasons. Aesthetics is the primary reason,
and ease of use and cleaning is the second. With a sink mounted
countertop, spills and debris from the countertops are easily wiped
directly into the sink without the obstruction of the sink itself.
It also gives
your kitchen or bathroom a less cluttered appearance.