What is a flush mount sink?
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When it comes to kitchen design, a luxury kitchen involves more than just picking the right paint color and cabinets. Luxury kitchens include all the components that you need to be a chef in your own home.While standard kitchen countertop surfaces may define what your space looks like, they also play a major role in how easy — or not so easy — it is to keep your countertops clean and sanitary.What’s not so luxurious and clean? Crumbs around the sink’s edges on the countertop where they can be easily overlooked. Or should we mention the mold that could be growing beneath the countertop?A clean kitchen sink starts with the right installation. Installing a sink that is flush with your countertop’s surface — a flush mount sink — is key to ensuring your kitchen stays spotless. This is especially important since the kitchen is where meals are prepared. A flush-mounted sink does not have a rim, so the edges cannot collect food crumbs, nor do they have an unseen area underneath the countertop for debris to gather. It’s seamless, beautiful, and stays clean.
Flush mount vs. Drop-in vs. Undermount
When it comes to choosing a sink for your kitchen, three installation options are available. Two of the most popular are drop-in and under-mount. Here’s how the third, a flush mount sink, compares with these other types:
Drop-In Sinks: Drop-in sinks are also known as self-rimming sinks because they sit on top of the countertop with a lip or rim that rests on the surface. While drop-in sinks are relatively easy to install, they can be more challenging to keep clean because the rim sits on top of the counter, creating a “ridge,” which acts as a barrier that makes it difficult to wipe water and debris directly into the sink.
To avoid leaks and mold, the space between the sink and countertop must be caulked properly. If not sealed with caulk, dirt, and grime can accumulate. The caulk itself should be replaced periodically as it is exposed to acid, oil, and grime, which breaks down over time and may come loose.
Undermount Sinks: Undermount sinks are attached to the underside of the countertop; unlike self-rimmed sinks, they have no ridge above the countertop. This makes them easier to clean and maintain because there are no visible edges or crevices. However, water or debris can gather between the overhanging counter and the sink, allowing for the growth of mold and bacteria. It also leaves the countertop exposed to damage from pots and pans, which can be a costly repair.
Flush Mount Sinks: Best of Both Worlds
Flush mount sinks are installed completely flush with the countertop, creating a smooth, modern look with no visible edges or crevices. Crumbs and liquids can be easily swept into the sink with nothing left behind, plus flush mount means there are no gaps underneath the counter for dirt and bacteria to accumulate. This makes them the easiest installation option to clean and maintain.
In sum, a flush-mounted sink’s rigid rim protects and prevents damage to your countertop around the sink opening and creates a cleaner, more sanitary environment.
Benefits of flush mount sinks
Flush mount sinks offer several benefits, making them a popular choice for homeowners. Here are some of the advantages of choosing a flush mount sink:
- Aesthetics: Five flush mount rim profiles give you the freedom to choose from a variety of designs, from soft ¼ rounded to beveled rim design. A flush mounted kitchen sink creates a seamless and clean look that can enhance the overall aesthetic of your space.
- Hygienic: Flush mount sinks are easy to clean because there is no ridge to allow an area for bacteria to accumulate. This means you can simply clean the countertop and sink surface without worrying about scrubbing hard-to-reach areas, making them a great choice for kitchens where cleanliness is a top priority.
- Durability: Flush mount sinks are made of thick 16-gauge type 304 stainless steel material that resist chipping, cracking, and staining. You’ll be able to enjoy your flush mount sink for decades with minimal maintenance.
Installation process and maintenance
As with any kitchen sink installation, you must start with a professional countertop fabricator/installer. Our patented flush mount installation is a simple process. The knowledge fabricators have acquired from installing undermount and self-rimming sinks is readily transferable to flush mounting. Let’s review the process step by step:
How to install a flush mount sink — Mila International
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Due to their design, flush-mount sinks are easy to clean and maintain. However, they still need to be cleaned regularly to preserve the appearance and integrity of a Mila sink. Doing so will keep your luxury sink looking pristine.
Why Mila flush mount?
As the inventor of the flush mount sink and flush mount installation technology, Mila International is the only company in the world that offers TRUE flush mount sinks. We offer stainless steel, rose gold, graphite, and gold finishes in various sizes and styles to fit any kitchen design.
From modern and contemporary to traditional and classic, Mila flush mount sinks can add that extra touch of distinction that takes your kitchen décor from ordinary to extraordinary.
You can view our product selector to explore the full line of flush mount styles.