If you’re a fan of the TV show House Hunters, you know that there are several home details that nearly every homebuyer covets these days: an open floor plan, hardwood floors, and (of course) granite countertops. Although they aren’t as affordable as some other countertop materials, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners crave granite. It’s incredibly strong, it resists heat, it won’t stain or scratch, and you can choose from a wide variety of colors and patterns. However, installing granite countertops can be quite difficult and for that reason, it’s best left to the pros. Scroll down to learn how the process works.
Installing Granite Countertops
- CHOOSE YOUR GRANITE. Most vendors have a variety of granite countertops to choose from, so you should be able to find a slab with the colors and patterns you desire. You can select your granite from a sample piece, but we recommend that you ask to see the entire slab of your chosen countertop, so that you aren’t surprised by any color or design details. You will also need to decide how much you want the countertop to overhang the face frames of the cabinets and which finishes and edges you prefer.
- MAKE TEMPLATE. After that, the vendor will come to your home to precisely measure the dimensions needed for the countertop, including the various angles and openings. Most vendors use plywood strips to create a template for the granite.
- CUT GRANITE. Then, the vendor will trace the template onto the granite and, using a laser-guided saw, cut along the lines. To finish it off, the edges will be smoothed and polished.
- PREPARE SPACE. Next, the space must be readied for the new countertop. The sink and plumbing are removed, the old countertop is disposed of, the electrical circuits are switched off, and the range and cooktop are pulled out. If you’re installing new appliances as well, now is the time to position them. The vendor will probably also prep the top of the cabinets with a layer of 3/4″ plywood, which is screwed in place to help support the granite.
- INSTALL GRANITE. Finally, the granite countertop is positioned on top of the base cabinets. The countertop will be very heavy, so you’ll need all hands on deck!
- INSTALL SINK. Once the granite is in place, the outline for the sink is traced onto the plywood. The granite is temporarily removed and carefully set on its side in a safe location, and a hole is cut in the plywood for the sink. Then, the sink is mounted underneath and the granite is replaced. Finally, holes are sometimes drilled for sink faucets and soap dispensers.
- FINISH UP. Then, the vendor will check that the granite is level. If it is, the granite will be removed again and a silicon sealer will be applied around the edges of the plywood (dolloping the product every 6-12 inches). The granite will be positioned on top of the cabinets again, and the vendor will check once more to ensure that it is level. Finally, the vendor will fill in any seams around the sink with a polyester-based resin that blends in with the granite’s color.
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If you’re interested in purchasing granite countertops, be sure to check out the selection offered at Curran Design Center, a small, family-owned and -operated business located in Nixa, Missouri. We have a great variety of granite countertops available, and we can also design a custom countertop to suit your particular style and your kitchen’s measurements. To learn more about our countertop selection, please give us a call at 417-724-1018 or click here for a free consultation.