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What’s Revealing About Reveals…

Posted on 05 May 2017 by CRadmin2

442071_SG_DIAM_LOWDIV_CD_DS_5x7After choosing a BLANCO sink and matching countertop – there is still one more decision to be made when it comes time to fabricate and install the sink and counter into a kitchen. The sink reveal is a little-known element of the installation process – but an important one for the homeowner to be aware of.

According to Eric Gundersen, product manager for BLANCO, fabricators worry most about the overall size of the sink – trying to keep as much countertop material in the front and back of the sink as possible. These areas are where the surface is weakest/thinnest and could break when installing the counter. But the reveal has implications for long-term maintenance and ease of care.

A reveal refers to the amount of sink you see “revealed” under the counter and only applies to the undermount sink installation. There are three options:

  1. Zero Reveal: Defined as a flush mount – where the countertop surface is flush with the inside of the sink and you do not see any reveal showing. This is harder for a fabricator to accomplish since it has to be an exact cut to the edge of a sink.
  2. Positive Reveal: The countertop edge sits back from the edge of the sink, exposing a small portion of the sink rim.  This is easier for the fabricator as they have a small amount of leeway in the cut.
  3. Negative Reveal: The countertop extends over the top edge of the sink on all sides.

BLANCO’s templates are designed to deliver a 1/8 in. positive reveal. BLANCO believes the positive reveal is best of the three options.

“There are several reasons for this recommendation,” states Gundersen. “Zero and positive reveals are easier to keep clean. A negative reveal hides the edge of the sink and creates a damp, dark place for dirt to hide. Because the 1/8 in. positive reveal is easier to fabricate – and aesthetically pleasing – we design our templates to this standard.”

Fabricators and homeowners should always discuss the type of reveal they are comfortable with before proceeding to cut the countertop. Fabricators are in the best position to make a recommendation to the homeowner, who may not even be aware there are options, and to check a manufacturer’s templates to see what reveal was engineered in.

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Karran Offers New Quartz Sink Models

Posted on 02 September 2016 by cradmin

karran white quartz sinkKarran is now offering several new quartz sink models that seamlessly undermount to laminate and solid surface, according to the company. These include the Q-350 double equal bowl, the Q-340 extra large single bowl, the Q-360R in white (shown here) and the Q-320 standard single bowl.

You may also be interested in this article on sink trends for 2016.

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Native Trails Introduces Tolosa Concrete Sink

Posted on 23 August 2016 by cradmin

NativeStone TolosaNative Trails introduced its Tolosa concrete sink. The company describes the sink as a clean, oval shape that shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. The Tolosa concrete sink is handcrafted of NativeStone, an innovative, remarkably strong blend of cement and jute fiber that is reportedly lightweight for concrete, extraordinarily heavy-duty in the bathroom and refreshingly easy when it comes to clean-up. The sink features a single bowl with a 3 ¾ in. depth that is crack, stain and scratch resistant. It can be installed as a drop-in or standard undermount.  Tolosa is available in Ash, Slate and Pearl finishes.

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Native Trails Introduces Nipomo NativeStone Concrete Bathroom Sink

Posted on 23 June 2016 by cradmin

native trails nipomo sinkThe Nipomo NativeStone concrete bathroom sink by Native Trails is perfect for today’s clean design styles. Nipomo can be installed as an apron-front, undermount or vessel sink. The soft rectangular shape shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. The Nipomo concrete sink is handcrafted of NativeStone, an innovative, strong blend of cement and jute fiber that is surprisingly lightweight for concrete, heavy-duty in the bathroom and reportedly easy when it comes to clean-up. It is available in Ash, Slate, and Pearl finishes. The Nipomo features a single four inch deep bowl that is crack, stain and scratch resistant. It includes a limited lifetime warranty, installation sheet and a care and maintenance guide.

You may also be interested in this article about what’s trending in kitchen sinks in 2016.

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Z Keepers Launches GoClips Anchors

Posted on 08 July 2015 by cradmin

GoClipsZ Keepers LLC has launched a line of GoClips “5-Second Anchors” for quickly and easily undermounting sinks. GoClips are designed to make the undermounting process less hazardous while lowering the expense and improving reliability and professionalism. GoClips are slot-based anchoring clips for that require only tools you already have: a grinder and a 4- to 6-in. turbo blade.

To use this new method of sink undermounting, users cut a 1/2-in.-deep slot into the stone that is just wide enough to insert the clips’ down tab. It does not require butterfly cuts, drilling holes, cutting t-31 slots or waiting for epoxy to dry. By avoiding all of these time-consuming processes, users can saveGoClips significant amounts of time, and therefore money, when anchoring sinks.

The self-locking GoClips are designed to engage even before you tighten the screws. The attached spring clip is removable and strong enough to lock the clips in place even upside down. Users can insert a single clip into a slot and actually let go for true hands-free installation. The product accommodates any sink rims up to ¾-in.-thick. A low-clearance version of GoClips is also in production that can be used in tight spaces or near obstructions such as plumbing.

The hands-free "U-mount" undermount sink support

The hands-free “U-mount” undermount sink support

Other products include the industry’s only hands-free undermount sink support for professionals with 4 sizes built in called U-mounts.

GoClips are available now at distributors across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.goclips.us or call 1-844-4-GoClips.

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Houzer Launches New Porcelain Enamel Sink Line

Posted on 01 June 2015 by cradmin

Houzer Porcelo porcelain enamel sinkHouzer’s Porcela Porcelain enamel undermount steel sinks provide a splash of color and give the look and feel of cast iron. However, their  16-gauge steel core makes them a lightweight alternative to heavier sinks. The nonporous, high-gloss surface is double baked at 1,500° F making it difficult to chip, scratch or stain. The sinks come in eight colors:  Biscuit, Black, Espresso, Lemon, Mint, Navy Blue (shown here), Slate, and White. They also come in four shapes: a bar/prep sink, a single-bowl, a large single-bowl, and an off-set single bowl.

You may also be interested in this article about LOTTARE’s line of new granite composite sinks.

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Line of Undermount Sink Clips Available from Integra Adhesives

Posted on 09 March 2015 by cradmin

integra  sink clipsWell known for its pre-colored cartridge-based adhesives for color matching  to quartz, natural stone and solid surface, Integra Adhesives now has a range of undermount Sink Clips. The clips are a quick, unobtrusive accessory to support undermount sinks. They don’t require drilling, will not crack the material, are unlikely to show through more transparent materials and are tested to hold 300 lbs. In addition to its steel-plated option, the company now offers a low-profile version that has a detachable screw, for easy slab transportation. It also offers a stainless steel version, for added strength and corrosion-free use. Paired with Integra Composite Bonder, a fast-curing, strong and flexible toughened methacrylate adhesive, the sink clips can be used on all standard countertop materials.

You may also be interested in this article on cinclips.

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Elkay Crosstown Series Offers 9 Sinks in Apron-front and Undermount Versions

Posted on 21 March 2014 by cradmin

Elkay_CrosstownSinkElkay offers nine Crosstown sink models that feature hand-fabrication with a commercial look many homeowners desire. Two of the Crosstown apron-front style sinks have a new installation option for which a modified sink base cabinet to house these semi-exposed models is not required. The new apron design uses a sink front that slips over the front edge of the sink base cabinet, making installation easier and allowing for retro-fitting. All of the models in the series have a 17-in. front-to-back bowl dimension, providing maximum space while allowing for a standard faucet installation. Each sink is 9 in. deep, has 15 mm corners for easy cleaning and an undercoating that dampens sound and reduces condensation. They are made with 18-gauge, type 304 stainless steel. Custom-fit stainless steel wire grids are also available for them.

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Glass Bros. Offers Sink Mount Kit

Posted on 26 November 2013 by cradmin

Sink Mount KitGlass Bros. offers its Easy Mount Sink Mount Kit for undermounting sinks. The mounting system connects to the underside of the rough top plywood and allows for easy installation of bathroom vanity sinks, bar sinks and any sink when the combined weight of the sink and its contents are less than 50 lbs. The slotted brackets provide 1/2-in. adjustment of the sink in all directions, which makes alignment with the finished sink cut-out quick and easy. The sink adjustment screw raises the sink up to meet the bottom of the countertop and holds firmly in place while caulking dries. Brackets also rotate to the side, so sinks can be removed from the bottom without affecting the countertop.

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Elkay Develops Slim Rim Sink Line

Posted on 21 August 2013 by cradmin

elkayElkay has developed a line of stainless steel Slim Rim sinks that are made to eliminate places where bacteria and grime build-up . Featuring an ultra-thin, flat counter rim, the new sinks nearly eliminate the barrier between the sink and the countertop. The sinks come in a  variety of models with a several sizes, finishes, bowl option and thicknesses.

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