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Undermount Sinks and Your Kitchen Top

When you’re installing quartz or granite countertops, there are two types of sinks to choose from – drop-in and undermount sinks. The drop-in sink has a top rim going over the grantite or quartz kitchen counterop, while the undermount sink is glued and strapped  flush underneath the kitchen countertop. Today we’re going to examine the considerations for an undermouut sink for Ottawa kitchens.

Seamless and Distinctive: An undermount sink has the edge mounted below the quartz or granite countertop. The sink essentially hangs under the kitchen counter instead of sitting on top, giving you a continuous flow from kitchen countertop into sink.

Complementary: There’s a “wow” factor with undertop sinks (attractive, minimalist look, easy to clean) that really only works with granite, quartz, or marble. Softer materials have too many weak points along seams and grout lines to support the weight of the sink.

Pros and Cons: Beyond the wow factor, you can wipe food scraps straight into the sink as there are no rims to catch crumbs and dirt with undermount sinks. And you’ll find even more counter space with the undermount sink approach.  the down side? They’re a tad more expensive than drop-in sinks and they only work with weight-bearing and water-resistant countertop materials (granite, quarts, marble, etc.).

Proper Installation: Installing undermount sinks correctly is critical and not as easy as it may seem – trust professionals like our own at TNT to install correctly.  Considerations include the proper sealing necessary to prevent leakage and making sure the sink is properly supported. This prevents the undertop sink from pulling apart from your countertop.

Come in to any of TNT’s locations as we serve Ottawa, West Ottawa, Carp, Kanata, Stittsville, West Carleton, Dunrobin, and Arnprior to see just how stunning and complementary an undertop sink can be to your granite, quartz, or marble countertops.

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