Stone, Granite, Marble, Quartz Worktops Installation
You’ve selected the right color of stone for your new kitchen countertops. Great! Now, who’s going to install your stone worktops. it’s always less expensive for home owners to perform as many of their own projects as possible. But, here’s the thing: Granite, quartz, marble countertop installation is truly a job that’s best left to the professionals.
The fact is, there are home improvement projects you’re going to need help with. There are certain tasks that aren’t meant to be handled by layman like you. And, if you need convincing as to why stone countertops should only be installed by professionals, here’s some things for you to consider:
1. The previous counter material will need to be removed.
If you’re moving into a new home, you won’t have intimate knowledge of what your counters are made out of. Many assume that the top surface layer comprises the entire countertop, but unless it’s a stone slab such as granite, quartz, or marble, your counters are comprised of several layered materials. And, they’ll all need to be removed in order to install your new stone worktops.
Do you have the tool to remove layers of old, bonded countertop material? You’ll be require to remove layers of surface material, wood base, etc. Will you be able to remove the old materials without ruining the structure of the surrounding appliances and fixtures? The counters must be removed in a way that keeps the cabinetry, and the drywall intact.
The backsplash must also be removed, in order to properly fit the new worktop. Can you remove the old materials without harming yourself? Do you have the time, energy or inclination to remove all the old tops of your kitchen and bathrooms, in all the areas of your kitchen?
2. Countertops fitting service will involve plumbing and electrical work.
Professional installers need to be able to work around the sinks, the disposals and any electrical outlets. This means that all of these components must be disabled, and disconnected. Do you understand how to safely perform these actions? Whether you do or don’t, you’ll be responsible for contracting plumbers and electricians to make sure that everything is disabled, and reassembled again, correctly.
3. Jointing is an issue with Stone countertops.
Even though your granite counters will be installed in slabs, some of your larger installation projects will require the use of more than one slab. This will create the appearance of seams. In order to prevent the joints from looking unsightly, the jointing must be planned and filled correctly.
Professionals use polyester resin fillings that are dyed to match the slab’s exact hue. This performs the task of filling in minute gaps while getting rid of the appearance of joints, as much as possible. This is especially important when you’re installing white or light-colored granite slabs.
There’s a lot more that goes into installing granite, natural stone, countertops. If you’re asking yourself if you can perform the installation on your own, you’re free to try it! But there’s a good chance that you’ll be sorry that you attempted it. Then, you’ll call a granite counter installer to not only perform the installation job, but to also clean up the mess that you made attempting the installation!
Doing things wrong costs you more money, time and often, your sanity! Granite and other stone worktops including marble and quartz counter project are too lovely to look at for you to feel angry, or disgusted with it. Stone is also requires a hefty financial investment, too. So, make sure that you feel good about your investment. Hire professionals to install the slabs correctly the first time.
What To Do After Stone worktops Are Installed
Hopefully after considering the aspects that were mentioned earlier, you’ve probably decided to talk yourself out of performing your own granite, quartz, or marble installation in your kitchen. Excellent choice!But now, you’ll need to know what to do after the installation has been completed.
The good news is, you won’t have much to do beyond enjoying the beauty of your new countertops. You will need to make sure that you’re not banging heavy objects on the surface of your counters. Sure, granite is a tough, durable material. While it won’t break in half, it will chip away. You’ll also need to reseal your slabs every 1-3 years. Also, make sure to wipe up acidic and oily liquids, immediately. Both can etch and stain the polish of the slab.