How to Prepare for the Installation of a Granite Worktop
their durability, functionality and sheer beauty, granite counters and
workstations will add a truly elegant touch to any room. However, the
installation process can be a bit more involved when compared to other
materials such as laminate due to the sheer weight of this stone. This is why
preparation well in advance is key. Let’s take a look at how to prepare for
granite worktop installation as well as some practical concerns to address. You
can then rest assured in the knowledge that your kitchen will be provided with
a robust and practical element that will last for years into the future.
The Initial Process of Creating a Template
The experts at Shaw Stone will first visit your property in order to take exact measurements of the area in question. These will then be used to create a unique design pattern. Not only does this pattern take into account the existing counter configuration, but it can also be modified based around the requirements of the customer. In other words, no two designs are ever alike. This will add a personal touch to your kitchen.
Fabricating the Counter to Meet Demanding
step involves physically fabricating the granite surface based off of the
measurements mentioned in the previous paragraph. Thanks to modern technology
and immense computing power, a digital template will be created. The stone is
then cut in accordance with this template. Other concerns such as corners and
the presence of taps are also taken into account during this process. The end
result is a worktop that is perfectly suitable for your kitchen.
The Installation Process Itself
granite worktops on existing cabinets can be a bit tricky; particularly due to
their weight. This is why such an undertaking rarely represents a do-it-yourself
project. The stone will need to be handled in such a way as to prevent it from
breaking and undergoing unnatural levels of physical stress. This is also why
properly manipulating granite counters requires a good deal of experience.
of experts will first place the counter top over the cabinets to make certain
that everything fits in place. In the event that the slabs are sectional, they
will be fitted in the correct position so that all seams join tightly. A level
is also used to ensure that the granite is perfectly parallel to the floor.
This process can take a bit of time and yet, it is absolutely essential to
guarantee that no future adjustments will be needed.
Safety and Stability Concerns
now point out that the weight of this stone may require additional support
structures to ensure that no damage occurs to the underlying cabinets.
Reinforcing cabinets for granite worktops is therefore an important part of the
instances, the professionals at Shaw Stone will need to install plywood around
the periphery of the cabinets. This is done so that more structural support is
present; helping to evenly distribute the weight of the granite worktop.
the legs of the cabinets is just as important, as the weight of the slab will
be translated directly through these sections. If they are not entirely secure,
there is a risk that one or more will buckle when the granite is placed on top.
So, technicians therefore intend to make absolutely certain that no structural
imperfections are present. Please note that an inspection will likely be
carried out during the initial consultation as well as on the day of the
likewise several steps which customers can take to ensure that the installation
is completed within a timely fashion. First and foremost, be sure to clear away
any nearby furniture or accessories that might otherwise impede the workers. As
more than one individual will be needed to lift the stone into place, make
certain that there is plenty of room. You should likewise take into account the
path between the entrance of your home and the kitchen. Remove all objects that
might get in the way when the workers are handling the counter top. This helps
to guarantee that no accidents will take place.
The End Result: A Durable Sense of Perfection
Knowing how to prepare for granite worktop installation is key if you hope to avoid any issues. Shaw Stone has been providing such bespoke services since 2002 and we currently install well over 250 of these workstations every year. You are therefore in good hands when working with our team of highly trained experts. Still, a bit of preparation is always important. If you would like to discover your options or to schedule an in-depth consultation at your convenience, pleasecontact a specialist. The kitchen of your dreams could very well be only moments away.