When choosing sinks for your glass countertops, we recommend you go with a top-mounted sinks vs undermounted sinks. This is because the glass will show the silicone seam…not pretty! Two beautiful kitchen sink options are now available for your kitchen countertop. They are:
- Beautiful, well made, come in a variety of sizes, and are reasonably priced
- Self-Trimming and very simple to install.
- Protective of the glass against breakage or chipping.
- Ideal for traditional, contemporary and modern kitchen designs
Top-mounted and Apron-front sinks solve a tricky issue with glass countertops and under-mount sinks i.e. glass is a transparent surface unlike stone.
Undermounting sinks on glass counters leads to a very time-consuming installation process…which is why we do not recomend undermounted sinks EVER.
We recommend Chemetal #791 Natural Brushed Aluminum laminate atop the cabinets to create a visual “blind” as well as enhance the shadows under our glass.
Kohler Vault Apron-Front Sink
Kohler Vault Top-Mounted Sink
Installation of these sinks is easy and creates very clean lines. Kohler has great “how-to” videos on their site that walks you through the process. It takes less than 30 minutes to install, and can be done by anyone.
Apron-front sinks also solve a much more critical issue: The front edge of most sinks is a thin countertop piece. Do the math…if a typical cabinet box is 24” deep, the countertop is normally 25.5” deep. If the sink is 20” deep, this leaves only 5″ of countertop…divided by two for front/rear leaves only a fragile 2.5” wide countertop piece in the front and rear of the sink. And the rear piece will be drilled for a 1.375″ faucet hole, and maybe air-switches, soap dispensers, ect. Not good. Cabinet fronts are usually nothing more than a non-structural decorative trim element. Disaster looms if you should press down too hard on the front countertop piece. The counter will crack and need to be replaced with a matching color/pattern.
When using LED’s along the backside of the glass, any sink is going to prevent the light from illuminating the front glass piece…creating a dark piece of glass. By using an apron-front sink we eliminate that imperfect situation. We can also place an LED around the perimeter of these sinks to cast lighting outward, eliminating dark spots. In some island pieces, this may be the ONLY lighting option available, and is a simple, elegant solution.
Apron sinks are also much better at taking the impact from pots/pans reducing the risk of chipping an exposed glass surface on the front.
We like these sinks so much I installed them in my own home, and suggest that they be given your highest consideration when shopping for your kitchen countertop sink.
Contact: Jeff Downing 800-486-3650 email: Jeff@DowningDesigns.com