Everyone who prepares food at home – even if it’s just warming up takeout in the microwave – needs a kitchen sink. Kitchen design trends change quickly. The kitchen is the part of the home that looks dated first. Even relatively recent trends like the all white kitchen are already causing potential home buyers to say “Well, that’s going to have to go!” Aside from style considerations, kitchen sinks generally only need to be replaced if they’re damaged, leaking, or if you’ve decided to upgrade the sink when you’re having a new faucet installed.
If you’re considering upgrading or replacing your kitchen sink, here’s what you need to know. There is a difference between a drop in and an undermount sink. Plumbing services in NYC install thousands of both types. Drop in sinks are the most common, because they’re the most affordable and easy to install. You can get drop in sinks in any number of finishes, including stainless steel and porcelain. Drop in sinks have a lip around the edge that is raised above the countertop. If you like the idea of brushing your countertop work surface directly into the sink, a drop in sink is not for you. Instead, choose an undermount sink.
Undermount sinks must be installed and sealed by a professional. The reason we’re stressing the fact that you’ll want to call plumbing services in NYC for this type of installation is that food debris, grease and grime can accumulate all around an improperly sealed undermount sink. This can quickly result in a situation with lots of germs, insects and even rodents. Nobody wants that!
Integral sinks combine the sink and countertop into a single unit. This makes for a sleek, seamless look that’s easy to keep clean. Integral sinks tend to be a little pricier than sinks and countertops sold separately.