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Choosing the right sink installation for your kitchen. Different types of sink installations.

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Choosing the Right Sink Installation for Your Kitchen

Pamela Cole Harris

With the
possible exception of the stove, nothing in the kitchen is used more than
a sink. Sinks have been used for everything from potting plants to bathing
babies and not only are they useful, they can add drama and style to
any kitchen design. 

A quality
sink will last 30 years or more, so choosing a sink should be an important
part of your kitchen remodel. The design of the kitchen can also affect
the type of installation you choose.

Here are five
types of sink installations you might choose for your kitchen: 

  1. Undermounted – Undermounted sinks create a smooth look which
    blends with modern designs.  The
    bowl is attached underneath a countertop. No rim shows above the

  1. Integral
    – Both the sink and countertop are fabricated from one material (for
    example, stone or solid surface).  There are no visible seams on the surface. It is a
    sleek, modern and low maintenance design. 

  1. Self-rimming
    or flush mounted
    – This sink has a rolled edge which
    is mounted over the countertop.  Because its rim sits on top of the countertop, Its
    overall dimensions are larger than the opening for the sink bowl. This
    design looks well with any type of décor.

  1. Rimmed
    – Rimmed sinks require a flat metal strip to seat the sink to the
    countertop. This is the most common and least expensive sink design.
    It is multipurpose, but adds little drama or style to the room.

  1. Tile-in
    – Tile-is used as its name suggests. 
    It used with tile countertops. 
    sinks are designed to mount even with a tiled surface so that there is
    no visible separation between the sink and the surface. This sink is
    great for French Country or Tuscan style decors.

installation style you choose, make certain that the installation is
appropriate to the sink material (soapstone, for instance, will be
installed in a different manner than stainless steel).

If you are
uncertain, check with your local DIY store. If they can’t help, you
should probably consider professional installation.