In connection with the purchase of a countertop, a sink must usually be installed. That process may be unfamiliar to many. That’s why we tell you a little here about how to install your sink and what you should pay attention to.
Sink mounting options in different countertop types
Under-gluing of the sink in a laminate countertop
The sink is glued directly under the laminate. The bonding and laminate are so strong that the sink can withstand a combined pressure of over 100 kg. Depending on the disc type, parts of the flange may be visible.
Under-gluing of the sink in a wooden countertop
The sink is installed approx. 6-8 mm below the top edge of the wooden countertop. The edge is chamfered to provide a nice and easy-to-clean transition between the tree and the sink. Individual disk types are mounted so that a little of the flange is visible.
Undercutting of the sink in a compact laminate countertop
The sink is installed approx. 3-4 mm below the top edge of the countertop. The edge is chamfered to provide a nice and easy-to-clean transition between the tree and the sink. Individual disk types are mounted so that a little of the flange is visible.
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Welding of Corian sinks in Corian and Montelli countertops
The sink is glued into the Corian countertop and the joint is made so precisely that it is almost invisible. The sink and countertop thus appear as one unified unit. It is a very nice solution.
Welding of steel sinks in steel countertops
The sink is welded into the steel countertop. The joint between the sink and leg top is finely polished so that the transition is not visible.
Planar gluing of sinks in stone countertops
The sink is mounted so that the sink and countertop are level. In the transition between the countertop and the sink, it is joined with silicone.
NB. Only steel sinks can be flush-glued into 12 mm stone countertops (composite, Silestone ®, and ceramic).
Reuse of old sink
Most countertops are sold with a new sink, but if there is nothing wrong with your old sink, it may be able to be reused. To use the old one, it must be sawn out. Here you should use a thin sharp knife, e.g. a hobby knife. You should try to cut the mounting glue between the countertop and the sink. You must be careful not to scratch the sink. Often the sink can sit very tightly and it will therefore be impossible to get it out without making scratches. If that is the case, you should either get a carpenter to help you or buy a new sink.
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The new sink must fit into the hole
After the old sink has been sawed out of the countertop, the new sink must be attached. Here you must buy a sink that fits into the hole. If a sink is too large, the hole must be enlarged and this can be done yourself e.g. in laminate and wooden countertops but is impossible for private individuals to do in granite and composite. Therefore, be sure to check the dimensions of the new sink before you buy it.
Make sure to maintain good hygiene during the installation
When you are going to have your new sink installed, your countertop must be clean and free of dirt. The mounting adhesive used to secure the sink cannot stick if the countertop is not clean and free of dirt. Therefore, make sure to clean the countertop thoroughly before installing the sink. The assembly itself depends on which form of assembly is to be done.
It is recommended to let the factory handle the assembly
Installing a sink can be difficult. Therefore, we recommend that you let the factory or a carpenter handle the installation unless you have 100% control over what you are doing, especially the underlying sinks, we recommend that professionals take care of it. If you buy a countertop from Bankskivabutiken. sem with a fitted sink, we guarantee underlying and ensure it is done correctly.
Have a plumber connect the sink and faucet
When the sink is mounted in the countertop, we recommend contacting a plumber to install the faucet and drain from the sink. In principle, you must perform both yourself. According to the rules, you can connect water to the valve (Ballofix faucet) and the faucet and connect the drain from the sink if a water trap is mounted visibly. However, we recommend getting professional help to do this, so then you are so assured that it will be done properly and you will not risk the water supply cutting off in the middle of the night.