Pros and cons with the different mounting options for sinks

Pros and cons of sinks

When you have to replace your sink in connection with your purchase of a new countertop, it can be done in many different ways depending on the countertop material. Here we go through the various possibilities and pros and cons.


Recessed sink

The first mounting option is a built-in sink. With a Recessed sink, you place the sink on top of a countertop so that the sink and countertop are not flat. Recessing is an affordable solution because it is easy to assemble. The disadvantage is the edge (flange) that lies above the countertop. Due to this edge, water and crumbs cannot be easily wiped down in the sink because it bumps against the edge. In addition, it can also be a dirt collector.

A flat-glued sink

A flush-glued sink is level with the top of the countertop. It is therefore flat. Therefore, there are no annoying edges that crumbs and dirt encounter when the countertop is wiped. It is one of the typical big advantages of plane gluing. Instead, the sink is mounted in a joint around the sink. The joint is typically 2-3 mm wide and can be difficult to keep neat, which is the disadvantage of flat-glued sinks. In addition, it is not recommended to do plane gluing in wooden countertops because the wooden countertop “works”. This means that it contracts and expands. This can lead to cracks in the joint. Flat bonding is optimal in granite and other natural stone countertops.

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An under-glued sink

The undervalued sink is the most used solution. Approx. 90% of all sinks are undervalued. It takes a lot of expertise to under-glue a sink, so it is strongly recommended that you let the benchtop shop handle it. An undermount sink is a practical solution where there is neither a joint nor an edge for dirt. The sink is milled up under the countertop so it is approx. 5 – 7 mm left. It is more than enough to hold the sink. If you have a laminate countertop, you mill it up so that only the laminate remains. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is durable under more than 100 kg of pressure.

The only disadvantage with undervalued sinks is in connection with the end wood in the hole. When a hole is made in a wooden countertop, a hole is made in the sink, it wants to be end wood on both the right and left side of the sink. End wood is more susceptible to water and dirt than flat sides. Therefore, it is important to pay particular attention to the oil ring of the wooden round sink.

Welding of sinks

Welding sinks are optimal for steel countertops. Here, holes are made for the sink and then it is welded together with the worktop. After polishing, the worktop and sink are a unified unit with no visible joins. It has the advantage that it is nice practical and practical results but the disadvantage is that it is only made in steel worktops and it has to be made from the factory.

An integrated sink

An integrated sink is a sink that is integrated into the countertop. This means that the sink and countertop become a unified unit. It is used for Corian and GetaCore countertops which are lucrative and expensive materials. The disadvantage is the piss, but the advantage is that the countertop and sink appear as a unified unit. It gives a very nice and stylish result of the highest quality.

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Help is near you

If you are in doubt about which assembly solution to choose for your kitchen. We can answer your questions and advise you on your choice of sink. It is recommended that you get to install the sink if you have great professional competence and knowledge of sink installation.

Nancy Myers

I look forward to sharing my discoveries, comments, tips, and suggestions to improve the quality of your Home. My purpose is to recommend only high-quality products, which help you live better.



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