Real estate experts and other design experts in the housing industry stress that kitchens and bathrooms add value to a home. People also renovate their kitchens to make them more functional and to reflect their current lifestyle and needs. The sink is one of the most important parts of a good room design, and according to Consumer Reports Sink Buying Guide, most people fall in love with the style of a sink before thinking about functionality. Home designers explain that this is the wrong way to go about choosing any type of sink. Although the appliances are the flashiest part of a kitchen design, the sink is equally important because realistically, much of the time spent in that room is spent at the sink.
These are the sinks that are installed after the countertop is in place. These sinks are the most reasonable in price and are suitable for any type of countertop surface. The main disadvantage is the amount of grime that builds up around the sink, and they detract from the look of more sophisticated counters.
Undermount sinks are the most common. Unlike top-mount sinks which are installed from above, undermount sinks are installed below the counter top. Because there is lip that overhangs and may accumulate dirt, it is easy to wipe a counter off. The mounting method may mean that the sink is a bit lower. They are more expensive to purchase and are not suitable for surfaces that aren't waterproof -- including laminate surfaces and most woods.
Solid surface or seamed-in sinks are created out of the same material as a countertop. This all-in-one product adheres to the bottom of the countertop, creating a seamless, one piece for both the countertop and sink. There is no visible seam. This option is perfect for people looking for a low maintenance sink.
The style is also known as an apron-front sink because the front of the sink is exposed. These deep sinks are very stylish, and complement country-style or traditional style kitchen designs very well. This particular style requires a special cabinet, and the sinks themselves are expensive.
Choosing a new sink is a personal choice. While style is important, always think about every possible purpose for which you will use the sink.