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tworicks
pros and cons of holes for faucet in quartz counter top vs in sink
tworicks

getting a kitchen remodel. Selected a Cambria Quartz counter top. Thinking of a Kohler Vault Apron front stainless steel sink. It has a short apron that is supposed to work with my existing 36" cabinet. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having the faucet hole in the quartz countertop vs in the actual sink? thanks.

dj1
Re: pros and cons of holes for faucet in quartz counter top vs in sink
dj1

Actually it's a matter of personal preference.

I like the faucet mounted in the sink for these reasons:

- Distance of spout to the center of the sink.

- I don't like water marks on the stone (these marks will appear in time).

Other than that, it's up to you.

MichaelInOr
Re: pros and cons of holes for faucet in quartz counter top vs in sink
MichaelInOr

I can't imagine doing any solid surface counter top without using an undermount sink. An undermount sink means the faucet will be mounted to the countertop since the sink isn't exposed. After having a undermaount sink I can't imagine having to go back to a surface mount sink!

dj1
Re: pros and cons of holes for faucet in quartz counter top vs in sink
dj1

It's an old posting and the question is even older, but so what...

Under mount sinks are nice and they are first choices of many stone counter top installers, but they do have some drawbacks.

1. Weight issues. I've seen cast iron sinks poorly supported and/or glued and as a result, the sinks simply detached and collapsed down.
2. Under mount sink rims are hard to disinfect and actually breeding area for germs.

MichaelInOr
Re: pros and cons of holes for faucet in quartz counter top vs in sink
MichaelInOr

I installed my own undermount sink when Iinstalled my granite counter tops. Like everything I way over engineered and my undermount sink will never go anywhere. There should be no weight issue if an installer is worth a darn.

I also sealed the sink to the counter top well with silicone. I do not see how my undermount sink would be any more prone to harboring bacteria than a surface mount sink. I would actually be more concerned about gap between a surface mount sink the counter top. It was always much more difficult to keep the crevises around a surface mount sink clean than an undermount sink.

Irealize everyone has there preferences... but I love my undermount sink and would never want to go back to a surface mount sink.

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