Sink Installation Cost Guide
There are few features we use in our homes more than our sinks. As such, it’s important to install a sink that not only looks good, but one you actually enjoy using. While the average sink installation cost ranges between $250 and $500, your overall sink replacement cost will largely depend on style, location and materials available. As always, to get the most accurate price, consult a local kitchen remodeling pro, whom ImproveNet can connect you with today!
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Table of Contents
- Sink Installation Cost
- Sink Installation Cost Factors
- Cost of Sink Removal
- How Much to Replace A Kitchen Sink
- Moving Sinks to A New Location or New Sink Installation
- Sink Styles
- Sink Materials
- Additional Sink Features
- How to Install A Kitchen Sink
- Find A Pro
Sink Installation Cost
The next time you shop at Sears, Kohler, Lowe’s or The Home Depot, take a look at the sink section. As you will see, there are plenty of options to choose from. As such, the average sink installation cost varies, largely depending on your style of choice. Nevertheless, most homeowners pay between $250 and $500. However, depending on the brand, size and professional hired, you could spend upwards of $1,000.
Sink Installation Cost Factors
It should be noted that sinks comes in all shapes, sizes and designs, which is useful considering a kitchen sink is very different than a laundry room sink. A standard utility sink for a casual mud room or laundry room might be as little as $100, but a luxury kitchen sink with a contemporary design could be 10 times that amount. Also, keep in mind that the faucets or other special features are not always included. This could be an additional expense and professional plumbers may charge more to install faucets with the sinks. Just note, faucet installation may be possible as a DIY task for those with some experience.
Cost of Sink Removal
Before getting new sinks installed in the home, it may be necessary to remove existing sinks that are broken, old or simply no longer part of the room's decor. Professionals can save you a lot of time by coming in and safely turning off any water leading to the sink, dismantling it when possible and hauling it away from the home. This generally takes one to two hours to complete, but minimal equipment is required.
Homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $35 to $85 for a professional sink removal service.
How Much to Replace A Kitchen Sink
While installing a brand new sink can be costly, simply replacing an old sink with a new model is significantly cheaper. Even the simple process of replacing sinks will often require the services of a certified plumber, however. The new sink will have to be hooked up to the existing drain lines and water lines in order to work correctly, and a tight seal is needed to guarantee no leaks or drips.
Installing a sink in the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room will vary in price depending on the actual cost of the new sink itself, but the labor should be between $150 and $360.
Moving Sinks to A New Location or New Sink Installation
Installing a sink in a brand new home is a lot more complicated because new plumbing has to be set up entirely. The same applies to existing sinks that need to be installed in a new location. Although there is no way to avoid the cost of plumbing for a new home, remodelers may want to keep the sink in the same location to help keep expenses down.
For brand new sink installation, expect to pay between $2,280 and $3,580. Of course, the cost of the sink will play a key role in the final sink installation price.
New sinks can significantly change the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom. It’s no surprise given the many styles and types to choose from. Therefore, before you replace you current sink, it’s a good idea to review the most popular styles below.
Kitchen Sink Styles
Despite losing interest over the years, drop-in sinks are still the most popular style across the country. They can match any traditional or modern kitchen design and are very easy to install. If you have plumbing in place, all you have to do is drop it into place. As such, all sizes equal, drop-in sinks are cheaper than any other style mentioned below.
Undermount sinks have certainly gained prominence over the year and are quickly catching up to drop-in sinks. They come in a wide range of colors and can greatly modernize your kitchen. They are very durable, but, since they are cut to fit, it can be difficult replacing an undermount sink down the line. Nonetheless, according to our undermount sink material estimator, prices range between $160 and $240 for the sink alone.
If you watch any home remodeling show, chances are, they’re installing a farmhouse sink. The front of the sink is exposed and typically consists of a large rectangle. They are very deep, great for cooking or cleaning up after a large holiday party. Beware, since they are so large, they can be quite heavy. Make sure your counters can hold such a sink.
While they’re not as popular in the kitchen as they are in the bathroom, homeowners do install vessel sinks in the cooking area. Vessel sinks sit on top of your counter and do not take away any storage space beneath the sink. They are easy to install and easily add a focal point to any room.
If you have a big enough kitchen, you can install a second sink. More often than not, kitchen remodelers go with bar sinks as their second sink (or only sink if kitchen is very small). Bar sinks are great for prep and small rinses. While they are smaller than a traditional sink, they are great for those who host quite often or those who don’t need all counter space they currently have.
Undermount sinks are very prevalent in bathrooms as they ensure your sink and vanity area don’t take up too much space. Unlike vessel sinks, an undermount sink does not intrude in your personal space. While this does take away storage below your sink, it maintains an open and airy feel in the bathroom. If you have a vanity, chances are, you will install an undermount sink for your bathroom.
Pedestal sinks were the standards years ago, as they add a vintage touch to any bathroom. Defined by their character and simplicity, pedestal sinks have a minimalist appearance and allow for a more open look. That’s why many homeowners with smaller bathrooms install pedestal sinks versus undermount or vessel sinks. Unlike its competitors, pedestal sinks do not require a vanity, which can make any bathroom smaller. However, the major drawback of pedestal sinks is storage. Fact is, there is none!
In the last few years, vessel sinks have become the dominant style in American bathrooms. As we said earlier, they’re not only easy to install, but they also add a design flair to any bathroom. Furthermore, unlike pedestal sinks, they still offer storage and unlike undermount sinks, they don’t take away from your current storage.
Just like the style, there are a few different materials you can choose from for your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room sink.
- Stainless Steel: Very durable, easy to clean and not as expensive as some of the other sink options.
- Cast Iron: Heavier sink that does require more care than others.
- Acrylic: The most affordable kitchen sink, but not as heavy or as durable as the others.
- Fireclay: The most expensive sink material, but are made to last. They’re easy to maintain and are commonly used for farmhouse sinks.
Additional Sink Features
More often than not, there are other factors you must consider to determine your final kitchen sink installation cost. First and foremost, you have to decide on a faucet. You have to purchase a faucet that not only matches your sink, but your overall kitchen design as well. To no surprise, certain faucets cost more than others due to their design or various functions.
Garbage disposals do not come with all sink installations, but many homeowners bite the bullet and add one to their new kitchen sink. Nonetheless, don’t throw everything down that drain. Garbage disposals can clog. Unless you want to fix your garbage disposal yourself, you’ll have to contact a plumber to repair.
Next, you may want to upgrade your plumbing or move your sink altogether. If so, you’ll most likely have to pay for new drainage, which can cost up to $3,100. If you want keep costs down, we highly recommend keeping your sink in the same spot.
Finally, homeowners will have to decide on soap dispensers, spray hoses and other small accessories. None bring about big expenses, but each should be decided on before your purchase a new sink.
How to Install A Kitchen Sink
Your sink installation will largely depend on the type you’re adding. Since they’re still the most common, below are steps to replace a drop-in sink. If you’re installing a farmhouse sink, we highly recommend calling in the pros.
- Measure existing sink.
- Decide if you’re keeping additional features such as the faucet.
- Turn off all water lines.
- Turn on faucet to relieve pressure.
- Disconnect water supply line to faucet.
- Turn off garbage disposal and unplug below.
- Remove dishwasher drain.
- Loosen clips connecting sink to counter.
- Remove caulk around sink.
- Remove old sink.
- Add new sink, making sure it fits perfectly.
- Remove the new sink and add clips below.
- Install faucet.
- Add plumber’s putty around drain.
- Secure drain and gaskets to sink.
- If adding garbage disposal, add now. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- Apply caulk or silicone to edge of sink.
- Put sink in place.
- Tighten clips below sink.
- Attach water lines.
- Reinstall dishwasher drain.
- Connect garbage disposal pipe.
- Turn water on and check for leaks.
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Find A Pro
The world is your oyster when it comes to kitchen or bathroom sinks. With an endless array of designs, styles and colors, you’re only limited by your imagination.
As always, while all cost information above is a good starting point, the best way to get the most accurate quote for your kitchen sink installation is to contact local kitchen remodeling pros in your area.
Last updated on Jun 29, 2016
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