December 2012


Kitchens are where we spend a lot of our time and working to improve your kitchen with a quality renovation is almost guaranteed to raise the value of your home.  To help with your kitchen renovation, Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps to answer your questions.


I have been looking for a kitchen sink and I'm trying to decide between an under-mount or a drop-in sink.  What is the difference between the two and what factors should I consider when making my choice?


The first thing to consider when deciding between an under-mount or a drop-in sink is the dimension of the cabinet where the sink will be installed. The dimensions of the front to back and the left to right are important to measure and understand before you begin to select the sink you want. Regardless of the type of sink you want, you should spend time to consider the design and number of bowls that are most functional for you.


An under-mount kitchen sinks need to be installed into a solid top counter such as granite, marble, stone; anything that can be cut to the sink shape and is made of one solid material.  A drop in sink will work on any countertop, like a laminate or a block of wood.   


Most kitchen sinks sold are made of stainless steel since they provide a classic look that can be adapted to either a traditional or a more modern look.  In stainless, you should consider the gauge or thickness, where the lower the gauge the thicker the material, as well as the insulation or coating which will help you with both noise and condensation while using your sink.  If you choose a stainless steel sink, polish it regularly to avoid water marks and keep it looking new.


If you have decide not to get a stainless steel sink, there are some newer materials that you can consider.  Two materials that are becoming more popular are Silgranit, a mix of silicone and natural granite, and Cristadur, a mostly quartz with granite. These options provide a range of shapes and colours to explore.


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