So, you’ve decided to replace your existing countertops with granite, and we think you’ve made an awesome decision. Granite is a timeless stone known for its durability and overall beauty, and it definitely will serve you in the long run.
The reason we’re going over how to prepare for granite countertops is that the installation process is intimidating to many of our customers. Think about it: a team of strange people in your home creating clouds of dust with loud power tools and heavy machinery . . . if we didn’t know what was going on, we’d be intimidated too.
While we do most of the heavy lifting in the granite installation, there are a few simple ways you can help us out. By preparing the installation area, you’re making our job as simple as possible, which we greatly appreciate. After all, teamwork is the best work at Marble Granite World.
Keep reading to learn how you can help prepare for your granite countertop installation.
Here’s what you can do to get your kitchen ready for its new granite countertops:
- Make sure your cabinets are not only permanently installed, but that they can handle the hefty weight of a granite countertop.
- Get your sink delivered and have it ready to be installed so our team can make a template that fits your sink just right.
- Same goes for the faucets. If any cuts need to be made for them, make sure they’re on site on the installation day.
- Double-check the height of your countertops to make sure they’re at a height that’s convenient for every family member. Remember—what works for you might not work for your mother-in-law or your spouse!
- Make sure the empty space along the range and refrigerator can support the countertop’s weight.
- On installation day, it’s important to be ready to make last-minute decisions on things like sink styles and related details.
- You can ask where the seams of your granite countertop will end up and how our team of installers plan on blending them in. We’re glad to answer any and all questions you may have!
The Final Touches
After we place the countertop, the sink will go in its designated place, and we’ll secure it with silicone. From there, we’ll drill the faucet holes—but don’t use the sink right away. Before using it, you should have your plumber come in and make sure everything is hooked up correctly.
During the installation process, it’s helpful if your kitchen is well ventilated because of the epoxy and silicone fumes. Until that odor totally fades, keep a few windows and doors open to encourage air circulation.
The final step is pretty fun: pick out a backsplash! You can choose one that either complements the color of your granite countertop or stands out from the rest of your decor. After the backsplash is installed, you are all set to enjoy your new countertops.
Give Marble Granite World a call today at (336) 992-5214 to get started on your project!