Good idea to install laminate countertops around an undermount sink?

We are renovating our kitchen and had settled on laminate countertops. However, we are installing undermount sinks and weren't sure if we should be concerned about water leakage between the undermounted sink rim and the edge of the laminate.
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  • Ggi23020211 Ggi23020211 on May 29, 2017
    Nowadays laminate is considered cheap and temporary, and it's a certainty that any exposed edge--as would typically happen with an undercounter sink application--will leak moisture to the laminate substrate. Leakage then causes particle board substrate swelling and decomposition. You should NOT use an undercounter sink if it will leave an exposed laminate edge, unless you plan on changing it all out in a year or two. If you're handy, do tile--but use thinset to stick it down, and put down 7/16" cement backer board first. Or better yet, find a tilesetter to help you.

  • William William on May 29, 2017
    A lot of concern. Agree with Ggilbert!

  • Pam Kibler Pam Kibler on May 30, 2017
    Thank you all for your responses. Confirms my reasons for hesitating on this project.

  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 04, 2017
    Actually Pam, you can do an undermount sink with laminate countertops. Your laminate fabricator will be able to do this so that you won't have any issues. It's been being done for 10 years now and I haven't heard of any issues with it. I worked with a modular home builder for 8.5 years and they did it all the time. I never got a call back that the homeowner had any issues.

    • Pam Kibler Pam Kibler on Jun 04, 2017
      Wow! Thank you Kathy! We're meeting with the cabinet guy next week. Looking forward to what he has to say.

  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 04, 2017
    You're welcome Pam. Laminate is a good option if you don't have the money for granite or quartz. You might want to explore your options though. Some laminates are the same price as a level 1 granite and you may be able to go that way if you can find something that works for you. Here's a link to an article that might provide you more information.