45-kitchen-sink-remodelKitchens are so customizable these days that you can update literally everything – including the kitchen sink.  The kitchen sink is not usually the first thing people seem to want to update, but the right sink can make all the difference in the world.  In case you are just getting started and haven’t thought about sinks yet, we’re here to fill you in on some of the basics:

What is a self-rimming or drop-in sink?

The name basically defines itself.  A self-rimming sink (AKA a drop-in sink) is literally “dropped in” to the counter and has an outer rim that holds it in place, so that it doesn’t fall through the hole in the counter.  Self-rimming sinks are beneficial in that they are easy to install, inexpensive, and work well with all countertop types.  The most popular complaint with these sinks is that crumbs build up around the sink rim because you can’t sweep them directly into a sink like you would with an under mount sink…which brings me to my next question.

What is an under mount sink?

An under mount sink is one that is installed under the countertop.  The sink is clamped into place from below.  This makes for a really clean, contemporary look and allows for easy cleanup, as you can simply sweep the counter crumbs directly into the sink.  These sinks are typically installed with natural stone and solid surface countertops (granite, quartz, marble, corian, etc) since they are most resistant to water, and because under mount sinks leave an exposed cut countertop edge.  The most common complaint with under mount sinks is that they harder to install and slightly more expensive.

What is an apron sink?

Your grandmother or great grandmother may have had one of these, but they’re back in style.  Didn’t anyone ever tell you that fashion goes in cycles?  An apron sink, also known as a farmhouse sink, is a deep sink with an exposed front (looks kind of like an apron).  The front of the sink typically extends out from the rest of the countertop edge. Decades ago, this feature was done specifically to ensure that water from the sink did not drip down the cabinet faces below, but rather directly to the floor.  The sinks were made extra deep to accommodate bulky pots and pans used to cook for large families.  These sinks are available again today in traditional, as well as more modern designs.  A common complaint is expense as well as a somewhat complicated installation process.

As you can see, there are many sink choices available for your kitchen remodel.  Take some time to decide which style is right for you, and you’ll be one step closer to your dream space.  If you’re unsure which option is right for you and your budget, do some research – and as always, the experts are there to help.

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