Overmounted Sinks: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
When fitting out your kitchen or installing new worktops, you might wonder what type of sink you should use: overmount, undermount, Belfast; in stainless steel, ceramic, or copper…
Our nutshell guides should help you get to know the unique qualities of each sink so that you can make an informed choice – and whatever choice you make, our bespoke cutting service can fabricate your solid wood worktop exactly to the specification, ensuring a quick and easy installation.
Today’s spotlight falls on the overmounted kitchen sink; keep reading to learn more!
Overmounted Sink: Pros and Cons
This is a traditional, much-loved design. It is differentiated from other sink types most obviously by the visible edge, which is placed on the counter top. The weight of the sink is therefore supported by the worktop.
- An overmounted sink is not limited by the size of the cabinet, saving you the need for specialist (and at times more expensive) cabinetry.
- The edges of the countertop are protected by the overmounted sink – particularly useful for natural materials like wood or more delicate materials such as marble.
- This sink is also known as a ‘drop-in’ sink because it’s fairly easy and cheap to install, particularly if your worktops come with the aperture pre-cut (we can do this for you – please see below!). Clamps beneath the worktop will keep the sink secure; for an effective water seal, simply caulk around the rim.
- Some designers feel that these sinks are a little unsightly; certainly the sink has the effect of ‘masking’ the worktop material to a degree.
- Some designers also feel that the achieved look is not as neat as an undermounted sink, because the upper lip extends onto the counter.
- Hygiene can be an issue. The design of the sink is such that food and general waste/debris can get caught under the edge. This allows bacteria to grow and can also be difficult to clean.
Never Fear, Worktop Express® Are Here!
As mentioned, with our fabrication service it couldn’t be easier to prepare your worktops for your desired sink. Simply send us the dimensions of the desired aperture and we will rout exactly to your requirements (please note that we are unable to produce anything smaller than a 25mm internal radius corner for all sinks).
If you would like to order a bespoke cut-out for your overmounted sink via our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool, why not read our Bespoke Worktop Tool User Guide for more information?
Top tip: we recommend leaving a lip of at least 100mm from the edge of the worktop to the edge of the aperture. This is essential for protecting the timber and ensuring stability and durability.
So that’s the cutting done. But first you have to choose the sink…!