Top Mount vs. Under Mount Sinks

A lot goes into a kitchen remodel. Budgets must be planned and managed, and there are some big but also many small choices to make. The sink is often a finishing touch and one of the last decisions a homeowner makes. Concerning the kind of kitchen remodel Denver residents usually opt for, there is often a choice to be made between a top-mount and under-mount orientation.

What are Top-Mount Sinks?

Top-mount sinks are also referred to as drop-in and self-rimming sinks. This is still the most prevalent and familiar kind of sink. All of the terms top-mount, drop-in and self-rimming refer to the fact that there is a visible lip around the entire sink that sits flat against the countertops Denver homeowners will choose. Horizontal movement is prevented by hidden metal clips installed underside.

The Pros and Cons of Top-Mount Sinks

Top-mount sinks are certainly easier to install. With the cutout ready, install the faucet and trim, drop the sink into place and apply an appropriately colored caulk. Hook up water and drains and you’re done. The style of sink tends to be more cost-effective as well both in terms of material and labor. The kitchen remodel Denver homeowners have available to them can also benefit from a broader range of material options.

The biggest downside to the drop-in sink is the lip, and how much this is a con will depend on personal preference. It does not allow for a flush sink. It therefore tends to allow for less countertop space. However, it’s worth noting that there are fancier drop-in sinks available, such as the drainboard style, and these can take better advantage of the space offered by the countertops Denver homeowners often choose.

What are Under-Mount Sinks?

Rather than being installed from above the counter, under-mount sinks are installed from below. The lip is a distinctive feature of a top-mount, and the absence of a lip is a distinctive characteristic of this style. This orientation is best suited for the solid countertops and custom kitchen cabinets Denver homeowners often choose.

The Pros and Cons of Under-Mount Sinks

Under-mount sinks look spectacular, and while that is a matter of preference, most people agree. Real estate agents even include them as an upgrade that can add value to a home. The basic under-mount sink will offer more overall countertop space than the basic top-mount sink. There is also a functional advantage: After cooking, you can simply sweep all of the debris directly into the bowl.

On the downside, under-mount sinks are often special-order sinks. There is also a lot more labor. The sink often has to be supported by a frame put in place before cabinets are installed. The kitchen cabinets Denver homeowners choose will therefore have to be coordinated with the sink choice and installation. The faucet has to be installed from the underside as well. In addition, it is recommended to dig out and replace the caulk on an under-mount sink every three to five years.