Tips to Install Granite Countertops
- June 6, 2015
Tips to Install Granite Countertops
Granite may be an expensive material for countertop installation. But the beauty, durability and the value added to a home are simply enough that makes it a perfect choice for you. You no longer need to think twice in choosing it.
However, choosing granite over other countertop materials is not the same with the installation process. There are important things to be considered for the success of the installation. It does not matter what the purpose of the installation is, whether it is for a kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project. As long as you ensure to keep in mind the tips below, you’ll know your way out.
Some Things to Consider Before You Proceed
Just like any other countertop materials, granite also brings with it a set of pros and cons. As a solid material, granite is completely scratch and heat resistant. It offers a beautiful and natural color.
It is also prone to chipping, particularly on the edges, when it is hit hard. Proper cleaning and regular sealing is required otherwise, it will stain. Its seams are noticeable.
Lastly, the cost of granite varies from one type to another and from one fabricator to another. A fabricator is defined as the company handling the cutting and finishing of the granite. This way, it fits when installed.
Here are the tips for you to consider:
The cost of granite slab countertops comes at a range, from $20 to $100 every square foot. Basically, its cost depends on the granite type and its abundance. It also depends on the complexity of the project layout and your location.
Fortunately, there is a way to save some from its cost. You can the fabricator if there were any remnants left from the previous job. This is a cost saving tip for your small project. If that is the case, you are able to save more than 50% from the installation.
There is a range of options to choose from concerning backsplash, considering the granite countertop installation. One of these options is on using full granite or 4 inch-tall granite for the cabinet’s underside. This is also if you will use a granite backsplash. It is best to install full granite backsplash if what you have is a bar top. If you won’t, this results to an unattractive look around the outlets. Also, it is best to buy the same square foot price like with the main countertop. This is in the event that you install a granite countertop along with a full granite backsplash.
- Edge Style
Edge styles come in different styles for granite. A good example of these styles is the eased edge. This is the best option if you are trying to achieve a modern look. But, there is no need to spend for extra cost. The eased edge features a square edge and a sharp corner ground-down.
Rock Face is one of the newest available edge styles. The edge of this style tends to appear like a stone’s rough edge. This is even broken in half. It’s true that this is a style not meant for everyone. The thing is that it can provide the best and most unique look.
- Type of Sink
Just like with the other considerations, the sinks that can be installed with a granite countertop also come in range. Among the options you have is an undermount sink, which is a good option if you are willing to spend an extra cost for the overall installation. This type of sink is attached to the granite’s underside. The granite company also finishes off the sink cutout’s edges. As a result, it brings a real good custom look.
This type of sink costs quite a bit when compared to the drop in. The thing is that you’ll know that the cost is worth it after seeing the end-result of the project. Other than this sink type, there is also the farm house sink. This is usually referred to as the apron front sinks. This is the sink type that comes out the base cabinet’s front. Just remember that choosing this type requires you to have the special sink base cabinet.
It really does not matter which kind of faucet you choose to go along with the countertop. Just make sure that the faucet is already prepared when the granite company visits your place. This is for you to measure the countertop to be installed. It is a necessity since the professionals need to know the size and number of holes to be drilled on the top.
You need to support the overhang properly if you will put one on the kitchen island. The support required for the overhang depends on its measurement. If it is more than 10 inches, it needs to be supported with steel plates, posts or brackets. It is best to ask your granite supplier on what they can recommend.
It is best to ask the company bidding for the project to prepare a layout of the bid. Granite countertops that are longer than 9 inches should have seams. If this is necessary and you need to do the kitchen remodeling yourself, it is best to place the seam at the sink. Use epoxy in similar color as the granite to hide the seam effectively.
- Turnaround Time of the Installation
Custom fabricated countertops are expected to add more days on the project schedule. Before the installation, the place where the material must be installed is then measured by the fabricator. After that, it will take about 3 weeks to fabricate to install the countertops. Hence, make sure to ask about the turnaround time for confirmation.
- Old Countertop Removal
In this aspect, you have the option to do the removal or include the cost on the installation project. If you wish to save, you can do it yourself. But, be extra careful when doing so.
- Re-Installation of the Plumbing
This will need to be done by a professional, unless you have the experience to do the job. The same goes if the countertop comes with a cook top. You need to hire an electrician or plumber to do it.
You have two options here, either to go for a 2cm or 3cm thick countertop. Choosing 2cm thickness requires the use of plywood on top of the cabinets before the installation. This is to further support the slab materials.
If you want to deal with this, it’s best to settle with the 3cm thickness. This way, you also avoid those ugly seams on the countertop’s edges.
Now, you know the top tips that can help you with the installation. All you have to do is to keep them in mind and apply them in the process. Good luck with your remodeling project!