Congratulations on deciding to install new granite countertops in your home or office. Granite is a great choice due to its low maintenance and durability. It also comes in many different colors and patterns to fit any aesthetic. This investment will be a great addition to your home, but now it is time to prepare for the installation of this new countertop.
What are some tips on how to prepare for your countertop installation?
Now that you have the perfect stone chosen and have installation scheduled, there are some things to know to ensure an easy and quick installation. First, you need to make sure that your contractor has all correct measurements. Then, you need to disconnect plumbing and electrical outlets, remove items from the workspace, cover furniture, and have an alternative space for you and your family to use.
We will discuss each of these preparation steps in more detail below.
Ensure the Contractor Has Accurate Measurements
One of the most important steps, if not the most important step, is to ensure the countertop contractor has all correct measurements including cutouts. Prior to installation, your contractor or a representative will come to your home to obtain these measurements so the granite slabs are the appropriate size and there are no hiccups or unexpected issues.
Your job during this process is to remove all surface items from the countertops so the contractor does not have any obstructions. You also need to have accurate representations of cutouts on hand such as cooktops, dishwashers, sinks, and any others.
During the install process, it is recommended that you have actual appliances in case any last-minute adjustments need to be made.
Disconnect Electrical and Plumbing
Any electrical items and plumbing must be disconnected prior to install and then reconnected after install. This is to avoid any mess or dangerous electrical currents. You can either hire a plumber and electrician or some countertop contractors do offer this service at a higher price.
Remove All Surface Items
Pots, utensils, food, decoration, and anything else must be removed prior to the arrival of the workers. You want them to get right to work when they arrive so that the install can be completed as quickly and efficiently. Also, you would not want the workers moving these items as it could lead to damage. This also means removing any wall hangings or backsplash that could become damaged as well.
Remove All Items from Cabinets and Drawers
Countertop installation is not a clean process. Removing all items from drawers and cabinets ensure that nothing is damaged or subject to grime. It is especially important to remove all items from underneath any cutouts such as the sink. Workers will likely need to go underneath during the installation
Have Cabinets Already Installed
Often, a new granite countertop is just one part of an entire kitchen remodel. It is important to make sure that all cabinets are installed and painted or stained prior to the countertop arriving. If you install cabinets after the countertop, this could lead to scratched or chipped granite. If you paint or stain cabinets after the countertop, this could lead to noticeable markings on the stone, especially with white granite.
Create a Path for Workers
Many workers will be going in and out of your home during this process. To avoid unnecessary damage, have all furniture and knick-knacks moved away from where the workers will be entering the house with a clear path to the kitchen. It may also be helpful to lay down plastic, towels, or such to avoid unnecessary dirt and grime.
Again, countertop install is a messy business that can leave dust and debris floating in the air. To avoid dirtying your possessions, cover them with plastic or tarp. This can save a lot of time and effort on clean up after the work is complete.
Have an Alternative Space Available
Countertop install typically takes between one to three days. During this time, you and your family will not be able to use the kitchen while workers are there. Doing so would only disrupt the work and make it last longer. For pets and children, they could become injured. It could also lead to workers being distracted and making mistakes.
To avoid this, set up a plan to use an alternative space when work is being completed such as grilling outside or having make ahead meals and snacks like sandwiches or microwaveable meals.
Ready for Installation
A new granite countertop is an exciting experience, and the final product will light up your kitchen. As long as you follow the steps detailed above, the installation process should be quick and painless, but also be sure to have someone 18 years or older onsite throughout the entire install to make any last-minute decisions.
Alpha Stone is the best Quartz Granite Marble Countertop fabricator in Richmond, Virginia. We offer customers many options to choose the best match for their countertop projects with a contemporary style.
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