In this feature we will look at some of the most commonly asked questions among the hundreds of homeowners and trade customers whom we deal with on a weekly basis.
Do your installers connect appliances?
Our installers will ensure that any relevant appliances fit into their respective cut-outs, and will fix undermounted stainless steel sinks.
Composite sinks will need to be cradled for support, which is not done by us. We will silicone composite sinks in place if they have cradle support and tap access at the time of installation.
How far can cutouts be from the edge of the worktop?
This depends on the material being used. See the below table for reference.
|Material||Distance between hob cutouts||Distance from front edge||Distance between sink cutouts|
|Granite, Quartz, Slab Tech,
Silestone, Recycled Glass,
|Minimum of 120mm||Minimum of 50mm||Minimum of 70mm|
|Corian, Apollo Magna,
|Minimum of 120mm||Minimum of 50mm||Minimum of 50mm|
|Timber||Minimum of 120mm||Minimum of 50mm||Minimum of 100mm|
It is important to follow these guidelines to operate within the mechanical limitations of your chosen material. Hob cutouts require the most spacing between them for all materials because of risks associated with Thermal shock. Stone worktops should have a minimum of 70mm between sinks to mitigate any chance of the material cracking under the strain.
All worktops need a minimum of 50mm between cutouts and the front edge to prevent this front section splintering off under the weight.
Can I have a recessed induction hob with Corian?
This is possible with some hobs, but please check with the hob manufacturer, as not all variants or brands will support this.
Should I leave any space between my worktops and my external appliances?
Yes, for AGA hobs and free-standing ovens, a minimum gap of 7.5mm should be accommodated for.
Could my X have an impact on my worktops?
It’s always worth reading our Care & Maintenance Guide to understand the limitations of your worktops. Different materials often have their own considerations as to what will have an impact.
For example, Granite worktops are highly resistant to heat, but susceptible to oil staining, so a deep fat fryer would be a bad idea!
Wood worktops have a waxy finish, so oils are less of an issue, but susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature. This means you may need to use heat resistant film when installing dishwashers or wine coolers under your countertops.
Generally, three things should be considered when deciding where appliances should be placed:-
- Heat – Is my surface sufficiently protected?
- Moisture – Will this affect my worktop?
- Support – Is there enough support to prevent straining or flexing over time?