vanity tile: under vs abut drop-in sink?

mtnfeverSeptember 3, 2012

I'm thinking of installing a Kohler Serif sink with tile on the vanity top. Here's my dumb question: should the tile go underneath the sink edge or abut/meet the sink?

Here's what the sink looks like

The pic has a solid surface vanity top, so it's no help.

Seems much easier to install the sink into the vanity top, install the top, then tile the top with the tile meeting the sink and *not* going underneath the sink edge. But the easy way is sure as heck not always the right way!

thanks in advance for your help!

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enduring

I think it would be easier to tile & than put the sink on top. Then caulk around the sink and tile. The tile would look better IMHO but I've never done this sort of thing before.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 7:01AM
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mtnfever

Enduring, thanks for replying. I do think you're right that it would be easier to make the tile edge look better since it would be under the sink. Hm, I guess I'd better check the sink specs for how thick the countertop can be.

thanks again!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 11:15AM
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bill_vincent

It can go either way, but going under will look much cleaner. As for the specs, it shouldn't matter. The only thing that should matter is the size of the hole cut to accomondate the sink.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 11:36AM
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mtnfever

Bill_V, thanks for replying. It does sound very attractive to tile without having to mess with (or mess up!) the sink. I looked again at the cutout and yeah, it's a nonissue.

thanks again!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 1:00PM
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mongoct

Most definitely tile the top, then insert the sink. I'll be cleaner visually, and cleaner in terms of being "cleaner". Less dirt.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 1:31PM
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mtnfever

mongoct, thanks for replying. It's a clear consensus! Tile first, *then* sink on top of tile (with caulk).

thank you all for your help!

cheers

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 11:29PM
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