Preparing for New Stone Counters
You’re updating your kitchen, and you’ve decided it’s finally time to bite the bullet and invest in stone counters. They’re expensive, but they’re an investment worth putting into your home. You made the decision, so the only question left is – where do you go from here?
Prior to Installation
The first step will be to contact a reputable local supplier. Local is best because you will want to be able to stop in and look at samples as well as peruse the yard if available. Your supplier will talk over all your options and help you make the best decision for the style and function of your kitchen. They may ask for a sketch of your kitchen with general sizing or send someone over right away to measure. Once all the beginning choices have been made, you’lll get to choose a slab. Professional measurements will be taken if they haven’t already, and the slab will be cut, milled, and ready to install. Before the installation date, the old countertops will need to be removed to ensure there is time to fix any potential damage that may occur with their removal. Additionally, the plumbing and electric in the area will need to be disconnected so the new counters can be put in.
Time to Install
The installation day is here! The installers will deliver your prepared counter. The number of installers will be dependent upon how large the job is. The best way to prepare your home for the installation itself is to make sure the path to the kitchen is completely cleared, especially of breakable objects. Pets should be put outside or moved to a different area of a home. It’s also a good idea to plan to keep people out of the house or kitchen area for the entire process. The amount of time it will take to install the counters is completely dependent on how large the job is. Most installations can be completed in a few hours, but particularly large ones may take more than one day. Once the counters are brought into the home, any seams will be sealed, and the counters will be installed and adhered to the cabinets.
After installation is complete, it’s time to call the plumber and electrician back to get everything hooked back up. Additionally, this is the time to have a backsplash installed if one is planned. The most important thing to do at this point is to research the proper care and follow all guidelines for your new countertop. Stone counters can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly, and after the investment poured into them, it would be a shame to give them anything but the best care.
The decision to install stone counters is a big one because they’re a major investment. However, if you’re looking for a countertop that will not only last a lifetime but look timeless, they’re a worthwhile investment.