Everything about the Kitchen Sink: Replacing Your Sink While Cabinet Refacing
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
If you've decided to reface your kitchen cabinets, you might consider updating other aspects of your kitchen to make sure they match the new dècor, including a new kitchen sink. Of course, if you want something highly individualized, it is possible to buy custom sink sizes, materials, and designs. But if you're simply interested in a basic inexpensive sink replacement, the information below can help you get started.
Kitchen Sink Options: 3 Basics of the Selection Process
- Undermount vs. Top-Mount: The two most popular types of sinks are undermount and top-mount. Top-mount sinks are typically easy to install, because all you need to do is measure the hole in the countertop, apply adhesive sealant to the bottom of the sink rim, attach relevant plumbing, and put the sink in place. One disadvantage is that the rim above the countertop means you can't wipe the countertop directly into the sink. Undermount sinks, which are attached under the countertop instead of on top, are increasingly popular because it's so easy to wipe the countertop off into the sink and their look is seamless. However, these are typically more expensive and more difficult to install, and they can't be used with laminate countertops.
- Materials: The material you choose should depend on how you use your sink. For example, cast-iron enamel-coated sinks can be attractive, but the enamel tends to scratch and wear over time. If you're rough on your sinks, you might be better off going with stainless steel. If you're replacing your countertops along with refacing your kitchen cabinets, you could go for a solid surface sink, which is the same material as the countertop and offers a seamless transition between sink and countertop, reducing the number of crevices to clean. Keep in mind that the same rules that apply to solid surface countertops will apply to solid surface sinks, meaning that you'll have to let pots and pans cool down before you put them in the sink.
- Number of Bowls: If you wash a lot of dishes by hand, you'll probably want the traditional double-bowl sink, with two equal-sized bowls. However, if like many homeowners you have a dishwasher and tend to wash only pots and pans by hand, you might want to consider a sink with one oversized bowl and one smaller one. If you're able to cut into your countertop to increase sink space, you could also choose a bigger sink with one standard size and one oversize bowl.
Once you've made the basic decisions, selecting the right kitchen sink should be almost a piece of cake.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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