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Kitchen Mounting Techniques
This sink mounting style is installed below the countertop surface and is popular due to its glamorous appeal and functionality. The edge of the countertop material is exposed around the cut sink opening and the sink is clamped to the material from below. Silicone-based sealants are usually used to assure a waterproof joint between the sink and the countertop material. The advantage of an undermount sink is that is gives a sleek, contemporary look because there is no rim showing. Be aware if the hole is not cut properly, there can be complications at installation.
Topmount sinks are traditionally the most commonly used in kitchens. The sink sits in appropriately shaped holes roughly cut in the countertop with an exposed rim on which the faucet sits. The sink is suspended by its rim, which forms a fairly close seal with the top surface of the counter. For added closure, the sink is clamped into the hole from below. This mounting style works well with most countertops, but can be tricky to keep clean due to the raised lip on the rim.
Apron sinks are becoming increasingly popular in many styles of kitchens. Set onto a countertop, the finished front of the sink remains exposed which can add a decorative feel to the room. This style of sink is very friendly as it requires very little “reach-over” to access the sink. Contact your cabinet fabricator before purchasing an apron sink because it requires special planning before installation.