An undercounter washbasin is a basin that is attached to the counter or the vanity top from below. The edge lip of the sink is mounted under a solid surface countertop, so the sink effectively hangs under the countertop, creating a continuous flow from the countertop into the sink. Such sinks look modern and fresh everywhere, but you can still hesitate whether or not to go for one. Let’s look at some pros and cons to help you make the right choice.
You can get up to 1/2 square foot of extra work surface space when the rim is under the countertop. You can wipe counter residue straight into the sink – no edge to get in the way – such a sink is very easy to clean, which makes it an ideal kitchen piece. Undermount sinks are visually attractive because they do not interrupt the level of the worktop. The countertop should be made of solid surface materials such as granite, soapstone, marble or concrete, as other options will not allow you to install an undermount sink.
Undermount sinks are usually a little more expensive than self-contained sinks. Installation is more difficult and requires staples and glue. Proper installation and sealing is critical to prevent leakage and to ensure that the sink is properly supported. Over time, the heavy weight of water and garbage disposal can loosen the seal between the sink and the bottom of the countertop. Such sinks only work with load-bearing and waterproof countertop materials. They don’t work well on laminate or tile counters that have too many weak spots along the seams and grout lines to support the weight of the sink. Condensation under the counter can cause mold. Faucets must be attached to the countertop or wall. So what did you decide whether to take it or not? Write in the comments!