When it comes to replacing your kitchen countertops, one of the big questions you will have to answer is, “What kind of kitchen sink do I choose?”. There are a few different items to think about in order to get the right answer. Let’s get you pointed in the right direction!
Overmount vs. Undermount
First off, you will have to determine whether or not you need an undermount sink or an overmount (topmount) sink. More often than not this decision is dictated by the type of countertop you are planning to install.
If you are looking for a laminate countertop, an overmount sink is the best option for you. While there are undermount sinks for laminate countertops, overmount sinks offer the best protection against moisture damage which is one of the weaknesses of a laminate countertops.
If it is your goal to have new granite or quartz countertops installed, you will have the choice of both undermount or overmount sinks. Most people that install new stone counters go for undermount kitchen sinks because it adds a little bit more depth and has a cleaner look than your standard overmount sink. That being said, there are some great options for low profile overmount sinks that look great on a new quartz countertop. For example the SteelArt Series from Blanco.
Regardless of what sink you choose it needs to fit in your sink cabinet! It’s always a good idea to measure the inside dimension of your sink cabinet before you go sink shopping. Most sink manufacturers will list the cabinet size for each model of sink so you know that you have the right fit.
As we offer a turnkey service, we often take care of sink installation. Sometimes we can fit a larger sink into a smaller cabinet with some modifications depending on the situation. Simply let us know the model of sink you are looking at and after looking at your kitchen we can give you an idea of what your options might be!
Also consider the depths of different kitchen sinks, as they range from 6 inches to 10 inches deep. Some people like deeper sinks to clean their large pots and pans while others like a shallow sink so they don’t have to bend over as much when scrubbing their dishes.
Style and Sink Material
Next you will want to consider what style of sink you want. If you have a large cabinet you will have a range of options that include double, sink and a half, sink and three quarter, or even a very large single sink. Those with smaller cabinets may only be able to accommodate a sink and a half or a single kitchen sink. Generally, people that wash their dishes in the sink need that divider whereas those who use a dishwasher most of the time will opt for a single sink.
Keep in mind there are many more options for styles of sink to consider than what was once traditionally out there. Be sure to look around and find something that matches your design and personality. Stainless steel is very popular as it is the traditional sink material and always matches beautifully with stainless steel appliances.
If you are looking for something a little different, we personally love Blanco’s line of Silgranit® Sinks. We are seeing more and more of these in our recent installs. They are made from a durable granite composite material right here in Canada! They are scratch and stain resistant and come in a variety of colours to coordinate with your new laminate, granite, or quartz countertops.
We hope these tips can point you in the right direction the next time you are looking for a new kitchen sink. If you have any questions or comments feel free to give us a shout at 604-304-4161 or email Garrett or Dorothy!