Why Dual Mount Sinks Should Only Be Installed as Top Mount Sinks

Dual mount sinks, also known as double deck sinks, have become a popular choice for modern kitchen countertops due to their spacious design and contemporary appeal. In this blog post, we will delve into the reasons behind our preference for top mount installation, highlighting the challenges and risks associated with undermounting dual mount sinks.

The Difficult and Time-Consuming Challenges of Undermount Installations for Dual Mount Sinks

Undermounting a dual mount sink is no small feat. It demands precision and patience to ensure a level fit between the sink and countertop. Any misalignment can lead to leaks or an uneven appearance, detracting from the kitchen’s aesthetic. Even skilled installers find this process labor-intensive, often translating to higher installation costs for the homeowner.

Cabinet Modifications: A Warranty’s Nemesis

Undermounting a dual mount sink necessitates modifications to the existing cabinets to accommodate the sink under and inside the cabinet. This alteration not only voids the warranty on the sink but also affects the warranty on the cabinets themselves. Such modifications can compromise the structural integrity of the cabinets and potentially lead to issues in the future.

Increased Risk of Countertop Damage or Loss of Integrity

Undermounting a dual mount sink may result in a larger cutout in the countertop, leaving minimal material in the front and back of the sink. This heightened risk of breakage and cracks in the countertop can be a significant drawback for homeowners. By choosing top mount installation, the countertop retains its structural integrity, reducing the likelihood of such damage over time.

Plumbing Fixtures: Cramped Quarters

Undermounting a dual mount sink often leaves minimal room for the installation and operation of plumbing fixtures, such as faucets. The cutout for the sink can restrict access and make it challenging to accommodate multiple faucet holes, potentially voiding the warranty on the sink if additional holes are drilled. Opting for top mount installation allows for greater flexibility in faucet placement and ensures convenient access for plumbing fixtures.

Top Mount Installation for Dual Mount Sinks: The Clear Winner

In conclusion, at Tops, we strongly recommend top mount installation for dual mount sinks due to the numerous challenges and risks involved in undermounting. The difficult and time-consuming nature of undermount installation, along with the need for cabinet modifications and the potential for countertop damage, make top mount installation the preferred choice for a hassle-free and durable sink solution. If you really love the look of an undermount sink setup we recommend purchasing a sink designed explicitly and only for undermount installations.

Imagine a dual mount sink as a Swiss Army knife. While a Swiss Army knife is a versatile tool, offering a blade, a screwdriver, and even a pair of scissors, it’s not the best at any single task. It can’t slice as well as a chef’s knife, nor can it screw as efficiently as a dedicated screwdriver. Similarly, a dual mount sink promises the flexibility of both undermount and top mount installations, but it may not excel in either role. Just as you might choose specific tools for culinary precision or mechanical work, choosing a sink that specializes in either top mount or undermount installation could provide superior performance and satisfaction in your kitchen’s daily operations.

By prioritizing top mount installation, homeowners can avoid potential issues with warranty coverage, ensure ample space for plumbing fixtures, and maintain the structural integrity of their countertops. At Tops Solid Surface, our experienced countertop installers are well-versed in providing top-notch installations that meet the highest standards of quality and customer satisfaction.

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