Undermount and Apron Sinks and Your Natural Stone Countertop Installation

Are you going to add an apron or undermount sink to your new kitchen design, and want to know how that works with a granite, marble, or other natural stone counter? The Countertop Shop in Monclova, OH has all the answers you need right here.

Working with Your Kitchen Designer and Countertop Installer

You will want to make all the decisions regarding the finishes of your kitchen before demolition is complete. If you have a designer, make sure to bring them with you when shopping for your granite or marble countertop. Some sink designs like apron sinks cannot be installed with laminate counters. The experts will help prevent a major error.

Receiving the Sink, Stove and Appliances in Time

If you are ordering the finishes, then you need to ensure that all your kitchen appliances are delivered by the time that the countertops will be measured. Having the sink, fridge, stove, and dishwasher, etc. on hand ensures that all needed cuts will be accurate. If you skip this crucial step, you could end up with a major delay as the counter would have to be returned to the shop for adjustments.

Measuring for Your Granite Countertop

A templater from The Countertop Shop will come to your home after the cabinets are installed to create a laser template. If you are having an undermount or top mount sink, it needs to be on site so that precise dimensions can be determined and included on the template. If you are using an apron sink, that should be installed prior to the template measurement.

Install the Apron Sink Beforehand

Why is the apron sink different in terms of installation? A top mount sink sits on the counter where most of its weight is supported. An undermount sink is secured directly to the granite counter using adhesive and clips. The apron sink is supported by a wood structure under the cabinet, as the undermount clips and glue are more difficult to apply due to the front apron. The plumbing will not be connected at this time, as the faucet will be installed after the counter and after the holes are cut for the faucet.

Same Day Countertop and Undermount Sink Installed

Your undermount sink will be installed by your countertop installer. Once the counter is in place, they will use sink adhesive to create a seal between the top lip of the sink and the underside of the countertop. Supporting clips are installed with mounting hardware drilled into the stone or solid surface.

Connecting the Plumbing after the Counter is Complete

While your new countertop will look amazing, none of the plumbing will be complete yet. You will need to have your plumber ready to finish the faucet, sink drain, dishwasher, refrigerator, ad garbage disposal connections before you can call the job done.

If you have any questions about how your sink and new counter will come together during installation, give us a call at The Countertop Shop in Monclova, OH. We are always happy to help.