A Guide for Installing a Countertop
We all know granite can be expensive, but what if we told you that installing your own was not only a possibility but a great way to save money and achieve the durable, luxurious kitchen of your dreams? When planning for a DIY granite installation, there are a few key things you should plan for. Though you intend to install the countertops on your own, it’s important to work closely with a stone fabrication shop regarding the cutting of the stone and the delivery. Here are a couple of installation tips from a granite installer for your concrete granite countertop project.
Pick Out Granite
The first step is to decide what type of granite you want. The shop will have many samples and slabs so you can see all the varied colors and grain patterns up close. You’ll also see the various edges to choose from square, bevel, bullnose, miter, ogee, and many more.
In addition to the main countertop surface, you’ll need to decide on the length of the countertop overhang, as well as the type and size of the backsplash, should you opt for one.
Create a Template
An even more accurate way to give measurements to your fabricator is to make a template from cardboard, lauan plywood, or even Mylar plastic. Scribe the template using a scribing tool so that it fits snugly against the wall along the entire run of cabinets, then trace the front edge onto the template. In your template, you must measure the exact locations of cutouts for sinks, cooktops, faucets, and soap dispensers.
Be careful not to allow a span of more than 2 feet between cabinets, such as a span over a dishwasher, and allow no more than 6 inches of unsupported overhang with 2-centimeter stone and 9 inches with 3-centimeter stone.
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