What to Know About Granite Countertop Installation

Having old countertops that either clash with your style or look worn down is something that nobody wants. When you have new updated countertops you can bring your entire kitchen to life. If you have never ordered granite countertops, you may not know what to expect from the ordering and installation process. 

Take Measurements

If you are doing the whole installation and ordering process on your own, then you need to know how to measure your counter space. While you may think that you just measure the dimensions of the top of your cabinets, it's actually a lot more complex than that. In fact, you will have to account for any overhang that you want. When a countertop is directly flush against the cabinets, it doesn't look right, but when there is a 1 1/2 inch overhang on the edge, it will look complete. 

If you have an island, you will have to decide how much of an overhang that you want. You can have something that is as small as 4-6 inches (which won't give you much room to eat) or you can go all the way up to twelve inches. Other measurements to consider are where the sink goes and how big of a sink you want. Buying your new sink ahead of time can save you in the measurement department because they typically come with the measurement details inside. 

Prepare the Surface

Before your countertops come in, you need to prepare everything. For instance, you need to remove your existing countertops and make sure that everything is ready to go.  If you have any cracks in the tops of the cabinets, then you may have to create some sort of makeshift surface out of plywood so that the countertops are fully supported. 

Install the Countertops

Countertop installation can be a bit difficult to do on your own because countertops are so heavy. If you aren't confident enough to install them on your own, then contact some professionals. 

  • Step 1: To start out, you will want to place the slab on top of your plywood or cabinets. 
  • Step 2: Grab a level to make sure the slab is level at all points. If it isn't level, you can place a small piece of plywood or foam underneath the countertop to level it off. 
  • Step 3: Take silicone and place small beads of silicone around the edge of the countertops to help seal them off. 
  • Step 4: If you have a large overhang on your island, you may need to put metal brackets underneath the granite so that it doesn't break off. 

To learn more about granite countertop installation, contact a company like Granite & Marble Depot in your area.