When you start a kitchen or bathroom remodel, one of the biggest undertakings you have to consider is the countertop installation. Thinking about this process can be intimidating—and if you’ve been googling “countertop installation near me” into the late hours of the night, worried about what might be in store—don’t fret. All of us here at Sanford Granite are here to clear up this daunting situation so you know exactly what to expect during your installation.
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to countertop installation, but if you hire the right professionals to take care of the job, you won’t have to stress out about something going awry. But even though you might trust the people taking care of your countertop, that doesn’t always make the installation itself any less harrowing. It can be odd not to know what’s going on inside your own home, and that’s exactly why we put this article together.
Knowing what’s going on during your installation can turn an unpleasant situation around in the best way. By understanding the process, you can be more in control of the situation and have a good idea of what the final product will look like. The last thing we want is for an installation to feel like a guessing game.
A countertop installation professional needs a core group of things to complete a flawless project: the right tools and equipment, a good team, and enough muscle power to do some heavy lifting. If they’ve got everything that they need, the rest falls right into place. And this article will tell you just how that happens.
In order for the job to go off without a hitch, the installation should be prepped before the job starts. Quality preparation looks like the old countertops being removed so the new ones have a place to go, and a skilled team knows just how to handle this—you don’t have to do it yourself. The team will remove the old countertops without damaging the interior of your home or the material of the countertops themselves.
During this stage, the team will also disconnect electricity and plumbing so that those two things don’t interfere with the installation or become damaged as the team works.
There are ways that you can make prep easier for the team. By taking things out of the room that you’ll need throughout the day (think food, electronics, and silverware), you’re giving them the space that they need to work. Clearing a path to the installation area from the entrance of the house is also a great help, along with keeping pets and children out of the team’s way.
Timing of the Job
You want your countertop finished as soon as possible because you’re excited about the finished product—we get that! But in order for the job to get done right, the installers will always take their time. While no two jobs are the same because of variables like countertop materials and kitchen shape, natural countertop installations are estimated to take between four and eight hours. The timing of your countertop installation will depend on
– project size;
– countertop design;
– countertop material;
– accessibility to the room;
– how difficult it is to remove the old countertop.
The Installation Itself
The installation itself is pretty simple. The slab will be cut before it arrives on site, and any cutouts needed for sinks, cooktops, or custom edges will be done beforehand as well. At the actual installation site, the process goes as follows:
– The installation team places the new countertops on the bare counters.
– They level the new slabs and make sure they’re secure.
– They use epoxy that matches the countertop to join the seams.
After the Installation
If you want your countertops to last as long as they possibly can, you have to have the right team behind the job. A good team will make sure that you get the most out of your countertop, and they won’t leave any stone unturned.
Your installation is officially complete after the team has placed, sealed, leveled, dried, and quality-control-checked your countertop.
Your Countertop Installation
We care about our customers and their experiences at Sanford Granite. The last thing we want is for you to be put off by the countertop installation process, which is why we put together this information. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation with our team, give us a call at (321) 495-1243.