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A new sink can dramatically change the look, feel and functionality of a room. It is something you'll use every day and often several times a day. It's important to choose a style that you're comfortable using as well as one that enhances the overall décor of your home. Keep these considerations in mind as you add up costs and plan for your sink installation.
If you've never shopped for a new sink before, you might be surprised at the number of options available and how incredibly diverse they are. Installation costs, including fixtures and labor, also vary greatly depending on the style of sink, the complexity of the job, and the contractor. On average, homeowners report paying $395. Most spend between $220 and $582 to have a sink added or replaced. Make sure to choose a style that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Photo courtesy of Carlisle Classic Homes, LLC in Seattle, WA Farmhouse/Apron Sinks: Farmhouse sinks lend a distinctly vintage look to your home, thanks to their classic charm. They have a wide front panel that drops down over the edge of the countertop. They also jut out a bit from the surrounding counter and require specialized base cabinets for adequate support. This design requires a more extensive installation that costs about $240.
Vessel Sinks: These sinks are a distinctive home décor choice that's especially appropriate for spa-like bathrooms. The big advantage is that these bowls can be made of any material. We have seen copper, limestone, bronze, glass, pewter, wood, ceramic, metals, and various stones. What this allows a person to do is determine her own style, her own material, and her own price. Don't overlook the fact that because they can be made of any material that you have to go with only the very best. If you are on a budget of whatever size, there are plenty of options that mesh well with the penny-wise homeowner. Because these types of sinks are high-end, they are usually not found in kids' rooms, laundry rooms, etc. Many have use They sit directly on top of the surrounding countertop. Installation is typically around $200.
Undermount Sinks: These lack the distinctive lip that's associated with more traditional styles. Undermount sinks are mounted under the countertop and sealed with a high strength epoxy or durable silicone caulk to prevent leaking. This installation costs about $230.
Drop-In Sinks: These sinks are just like their name suggests. They are easily inserted into the countertop with a rim that extends around the edge of the basin on all sides. Installation is quick and simple, with an average price tag of about $195.
Pedestal Sinks: These sinks stand on their own, separate from any countertop. They were popular in the early 1900s and have gained popularity again recently. Though it looks like the pedestal sink is supported by its base, the wall actually takes the majority of the weight. Installation costs about $210.
Many homeowners coordinate sinks with other elements in the room, such as countertops, tiles, or appliances. However, you can also opt for a model with a unique material that stands apart from its surroundings. Some common material options include:
Stainless Steel: Simple and versatile, this is a common go-to for kitchens, where the sink easily matches with stainless steel appliances. Though stainless steel is easy to clean, it does show water spots and may scratch. Costs range from $100 to $800.
Composite: This material is durable and chip-resistant. Though the color of composite sinks extends throughout the material, scratches may still show on darker surfaces. Costs average between $300 and $600.
Cast Iron: One of the most durable materials, cast iron is typically finished with hard porcelain enamel. Though cast iron is easy to clean and long-lasting, the finish can chip over time. Cast iron sinks are also extremely heavy. These cost $300 to $900.
Quartz: Made to match quartz countertops, these sinks are a sleek and aesthetically appealing option. Dark quartz does show scratches, though. Costs average between $800 and $1,200.
Solid Surface: This material is extremely durable, and since it’s color extends through the entire sink, scratches don't show easily. Solid surface sinks don’t tolerate heat well, however, and they may crack from heavy impact. They must also be installed professionally, along with a solid surface countertop. Solid surface materials can range from $25 to $50 per square foot and sinks can range from $2,100 to $3,400.
Getting rid of an old sink isn't as easy as you may imagine. Your existing installation is likely large and unwieldy, so you may want to pay an experienced contractor to dispose of it. If you're replacing an old fixture, you may have other added costs to consider. These can include:
Existing Sink Removal: $20 to $70
Sink Debris Disposal: $20 to $25
When replacing your existing sink, you also need to keep in mind what your bathroom looks like. What is the theme, color or style of the room? You don’t want to mix and match styles that clash with one another. For example, stainless steel might not match an old-fashioned bathroom, whereas porcelain doesn’t do well in a modern bathroom. Colors and styles are crucial when considering what type of sink to replace your old one with.
You can also find a cheap replacement sink online and then pay a plumber to install it if you don’t want to go through the whole process of having a professional pick one for you.
Consider the size of the room and purpose for the sink before you begin shopping. Kitchens with less than 150 square feet of space should stick with a single-bowl model measuring 22 x 24 inches. If you have the space, a multi-bowl model offers added functionality with separate areas for washing and rinsing. These sinks typically have equal depths on both sides. Costs increase 5 to 10 percent for models with differing bowl depths.
If you're remodeling an entire bathroom, laundry room or kitchen you can make your sink fit the space. If you're replacing an existing one, the cheapest option is to stick with a new sink of the same size. Cutting or reshaping the countertop will add to your installation expenses.
With so many installation expenses to consider, it's tempting to choose the most affordable plumber you can find, or attempt installation yourself. Installing a new sink is no small task, so it's best left to the professionals. In addition to a hiring a plumber, you may also need an electrician for remodeling that includes electric fixtures, and a contractor for cabinets and other features.
Request quotes from several plumbers and ask the right questions when you call. Be sure to ask about the following:
Experience and accreditation: All plumbers must be accredited. Make sure the company you choose has experience with new installations and not just repairs.
Insurance and warranties: An insured plumber is a safer bet because you're covered if something goes wrong. A warranty or guarantee helps protect your installation as well.
References: Ask around for personal references, or search for online reviews.
Don't skimp on a new sink installation. This is a home fixture you'll likely keep for decades and one that can add great value to your home.