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Undermount is a style of sink that allows the basin to be mounted beneath the countertop. Very common in kitchens and bathrooms, these sinks are popular because they promote a seamless appearance and allow for effective use of space. With its plumbing almost always concealed behind cabinetry, the undermount sink has an advantage favoured by those who like clean and uncluttered spaces.
One of the main identifying characteristics of these sinks is that they do not feature decorative rims. In fact, because they are made to be mounted underneath the counter, many of these sinks do not have visible rims at all. Instead they are positioned either flush with the counter or a few inches beneath it.
Undermount bathroom sinks are a major trend in bathroom remodeling. They have a contemporary look, are easy to clean and come in a wide variety of materials, colours, shapes and sizes that match any bathroom decorative style. Ceramic sinks remain a versatile favourite, but they are in no way the limit.
Choosing from the variety of colours and shapes is obviously a matter of personal preference. However, there are some important considerations when choosing between various materials.
China and fireclay ceramic are the standard for bathroom sinks. Basic ceramic sinks are non-porous, durable, germ-resistant, and relatively inexpensive. They can be painted, patterned and patterned and formed into any shape. Remember that heavy objects may chip ceramic sinks.
Glass is trendy, but it may be impractical for some homeowners. Glass needs to be wiped down after every use to avoid unpleasant water stains. Like ceramic, glass will not rust or stain. Paying extra for tempered glass for a sink in your regular bathroom is a good investment. Of course, you may install a fragile, non-tempered-glass sink in a guest bathroom if it is not used on a regular basis. Also keep in mind that even tempered glass can chip relatively easily.
Copper sinks bring a classic look to a bathroom; they have a beautiful and distinctive texture. Copper also possesses a natural anti-bacterial quality. However, copper requires significant upkeep. It must be cleaned regularly, and it should be wiped dry after every use to avoid water stains and discolouration. Copper also changes colour over time, so it is difficult to predict what the sink will look like in a few years.
Cast Iron Sinks
Most cast iron sinks are basically damage-proof but, being a great high-end option for the kitchen, they are not the best choice for your bathroom – they are heavy, difficult to install, and their industrial look may clash with your bathroom decor.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Similarly, stainless steel is a great option for the kitchen, but may be less attractive in a bathroom. Steel sinks can be noisy, although newer sinks often have an undercoat with sound-deadening finishes.
Granite, soapstone, and other stones can be carved into an undermount bathroom sink. Most of these materials are porous, and may trap germs and stains. Composite undermount bathroom sinks are rare, but they are available. They are less porous and can be formed into a wider variety of shapes. Most are made of quartz, granite or other stone mixed with acrylic binders. Like cast iron, stone sinks are heavy and expensive, and may be costly and complicated to install.