Choosing an Undermount Kitchen Sinks
Undermount kitchen sinks sinks that are attached under your kitchen countertop. They either hang from the underside of the countertop or are supported from underneath by the base cabinet structure and give your countertop a clean, sleek look.
One of the benefits to having an undermount sink is that you are able to brush items from the countertop directly into the sink without anything getting caught under the lip of the sink. This type of sink requires clips and other mechanical fastening devices to attach them to the countertop. Heavier kitchen sinks like ones made from cast iron or stone require a well-designed mounting system in an undermount installation.
Another form of undermount sink is a solid surface sink combined with a solid surface countertop, even though it may not look like it. In this case the sink is glued to the underside of the solid surface countertop. The installer then smooths the joint between the two surfaces, making the seam between them invisible.
The "reveal" of an undermount sink refers to how far the countertop extends over the edge of the sink. A positive reveal means the lip of the sink is slightly extended from the edge of the countertop. A negative reveal means the countertop surface overlaps the edge of the sink.
Kitchen sinks come in a variety of materials, each have their own specific benefits and drawbacks. Some of the more popular materials include:
Copper & Bronze
Stone sinks can be made by joining stone slabs together to form the basin or can be hewn out of a solid piece of stone. Sinks that are made of slabs should have an adequately sloped bottom to minimize any residual standing water.
FaucetDepot carries a large selection of durable and long lasting undermount kitchen sinks at the best prices around. We are one of the top retailers of sinks from the finest manufacturers in the industry including Elkay, Blanco and Kohler, to name only a few. Our sinks will hold their finish and stand up to the most rigorous usage for years to come.