This is similar to our last blog, but I’ve been perusing more of our catalog as I become better acquainted with our products. The staggering amount of design differences there are in sinks is something that dropped my jaw. I know that makes me sound like such a novice compared to other industry bloggers, but this blog has always been for our customers, and about the fundamentals of fixtures and new products.
There are 3 types of sinks as I see it: undermount, drop-in and vessel.
Undermounts need to be fitted for the surface- the contour of the lip needs to be fitted to the underside of your countertop, a hole needs to be cut out that matches the size of the sink and then fastened to the surface material.
Drop in sinks are a must if your surface is Formica, but can match any other counter top that an undermount sink can attach to.
Vessel sinks tend to be seen only in washrooms. They are a variation on drop-in sinks, but instead of sinking the bowl into the countertop, it effectively rests on top of it, raising the height of the bowl. This is more of a style choice, and less of a functional one.
I think it’s easy to see that the most popular sinks are undermount stainless steel combined with a granite countertop. When kitchens are remodeled for a house being sold, these are the default option that designers will suggest.
It provides a seamless look that’s easy to clean since it doesn’t have the top lip creating a crevice on top of the counter for water and dirt to collect in.
However, other types are quickly gaining popularity, as it’s the internet has made it easier to find niches not served by Home Depot or a local home decorating store. Cast iron, fireclay, porcelain, stone, copper, glass (gravity glass pic) are all filling the desires of those who don’t want a plain white sink for their bathroom, or a stainless steel kitchen sink like everyone else.
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