An undermount sink is a basin that attaches to the counter or vanity from below. The sink’s rim lip is mounted under a solid surface worktop, effectively hanging the sink under the worktop and creating a continuous flow from the worktop into the sink. Such sinks look modern and fresh everywhere, but you can still hesitate whether to choose one or not. Let’s look at some pros and cons to help you make the right choice.
You can get up to 1/2 square foot of additional countertop space if the rim is under the countertop. You can wipe counter residue straight into the sink – no ledge in the way – such a sink is very easy to clean, making it an ideal kitchen piece. Undermount sinks are visually attractive as they do not break the level of the countertop. The countertop should be solid surface materials like granite, soapstone, marble, or concrete, as other options won’t allow you to install an undermount sink.
Undermount sinks tend to be slightly more expensive than standalone sinks. Installation is more difficult and requires staples and glue. Proper installation and sealing is important to prevent leaks and ensure the sink is properly supported. Over time, the heavy weight of water and garbage disposal can loosen the seal between the sink and the bottom of the countertop. Such sinks only work with load-bearing and waterproof countertop materials. They don’t do well on laminate or tile counters with too many weak points along the seams and grout lines to support the weight of the sink. Condensation under the counter can cause mold. Faucets must be mounted on the countertop or wall. So what did you decide if you want to take it or not? Write in the comments!