How to Properly Prepare for a Granite Countertop Installation

To make sure that you get the most out of your new countertops, you should be as prepared as possible for installation day. This article includes everything to expect from a professional installer on the day you receive your countertops.

The Final Touches

After you pick out the type of granite that you want, there are a few final decisions to make, like choosing the edge profile or backsplash design. After you make these decisions, the installers will come to your home and measure the surface. From there, they’ll provide a custom surface or a countertop that has been pre-cut to the correct dimensions.

What NOT to Do

Many people get new cabinetry around the same time as their new countertops, but it’s essential not to install those new cabinets too close to the countertop installation date. Before the countertop can be installed, all cabinets must be set in place and finalized. If you try to paint or stain cabinets over your countertop material, you could damage your brand-new stone.

The Last Step Before Installation

The final step prior to installation is getting a visit from a countertop templater. They need a clear surface to work with, so make sure to clear your countertops of all clutter. When they arrive, they’ll be glad to answer any lingering questions you might have about the installation process.

Information for the Templater

When the templater arrives, there are things they’ll need to know. For example, you’ll want to give them all the necessary information about faucet holes, sinks, cooktops, or other cutouts that will be added to your countertop.

Also tell them about seams, overhangs, and other details they should be aware of. During their visit, they will finalize this information. If you’re opting for backsplash, they’ll come back after the installation is over and take wall measurements then.

During Installation

Granite installation can be a messy process. You should expect noise, dust, and foot traffic. To make things easier on the installers, clear a path between the entryway of your home and the room where the countertops are going.

During installation, it’s best to stay present just in case decisions have to be made—but remember to stay out of the way as best you can. You can still supervise, but give the installers the space that they need to work, especially while they’re carrying heavy slabs of granite.

If there’s anything you don’t want to get dirty, like cutlery or dishes, you should remove it from the kitchen. Also, installers may need to access the countertop from underneath, so it’s best to empty out the cabinets under your sink and cooktop.

Your Granite Installation

At Marble Granite World, we are the best at what we do. If you’re interested in learning more about granite countertop installations, get in touch with us today.