Which sinks are suitable for stone or solid surface worktops? Deciding can be daunting, due to the many different shapes and styles. Whether you are looking for undermount sinks, overmount sinks, belfasts or butlers, our suitability guide below can help. Sinks are as much of a feature in your kitchen as the worktops. Furthermore, sinks are an essential, functional part of your home. Therefore, choosing the right sink is an important part of the planning process when designing your new kitchen.
Undermount sinks fit to the underside of specialist worktops, whereby the inside edges of the cutout in the worktop are polished. Stainless steel is the most popular sink material, as it is easy to keep clean and will not rust. Ceramic, solid surface and resin are also used to make undermount sinks. Ceramic and resin sinks tend to be heavier than stainless steel sinks, therefore requiring additional ‘cradle’ support within the base unit. Solid surface sinks can be blended seamlessly into the worktop with Corian, Magna and Slab Tech, producing a superior fluid look. Tap holes and drainer grooves are usually cut into the worktop.
Overmount (inset) sinks are installed into an unpolished, and subsequently unseen cutout. These sinks generally include the tap hole and drainer area. Stainless steel is popular as it is easy to keep clean and will not rust. Overmount sinks are also available in ceramic, resin and glass, and are much easier to change over if damaged.
Belfast sinks are popular in more traditional style kitchens. Often manufactured from ceramic, but also available in stainless steel. Specialist worktops usually overhang a belfast sink at the sides and rear, and include a drip groove cut into the underside of the worktop, used to help divert water back down into the base of the sink. Tap holes are most often cut into the worktop, likewise drainer grooves can be added if required.
Butler sinks are usually ceramic, sitting between the worktops, not underneath. Drainer grooves are not possible with butler sinks. Tap holes are usually drilled into the worktop area behind the sink. The example shown in the photo is double bowl, however single bowl butler sinks are also popular.
In summary, we are able to accommodate whichever sink you choose, so please ensure your sink and tap are on site in readiness for the template visit.
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