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Special sink is best for a tile kitchen counter

A tile-in sink fits into the counter like a big piece of tile. (Kohler)
A tile-in sink fits into the counter like a big piece of tile. (Kohler)

Q: I’m installing a tile kitchen counter, not solid surface. While my countertop is planned, I do have a question with the kitchen sink installation. Do I need a special kitchen sink for a tile countertop or can I just use a drop-in type of kitchen sink? — Donald, Rhode Island

A: A drop-in sink requires an opening in the counter that allows for the rim of the sink to sit flush on the finished counter. So a drop-in sink can be used on a tile countertop, but it may not be your best choice.

If you really want to take your tile kitchen counter and sink to the next level, go with a tile-in style sink.

A tile-in sink is a drop-in sink, but it has three main differences.

• The sinks are usually made of enameled cast iron.

• The sink rim is installed on the rough counter, not on top of the finished tile.

• The sink rim has square corners and a flat outside rim that butts up flush to the tile.

So the sink fits into the counter like a big piece of tile. Tile-in sinks are even available in apron or farmers style, and I hope that plants some new ideas in your head.

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