Laminate counters can wear and be scratched over time. They might likewise be an out-of-date color, installed during a duration that will date the era of the kitchen. Changing them with resilient, elegant granite countertops can change the appearance of the kitchen. Unlike laminate counters, granite is fabricated at our shop, then transferred to the home for its final fit and setup. This can take us some time, throughout which time the kitchen need to be readied to receive it. A&S Granite and Marble will walk you through our quick process when installing your granite countertops.
Templating granite countertops
It takes some time for a granite counter to be made and set up. Prior to removing the old counter or home appliances from the kitchen area, ensure you select your new stone and have it templated for your kitchen area.
Granite pieces are chosen from a stone yard. While little pieces of granite are used in the showroom to offer you an idea of what is readily available, the real slabs should be chosen personally, because granite can differ enormously in color from piece to piece. Granite may also have cracks and other marks that should be seen in person. Our team knows exactly what piece of granite you need.
Once the piece is chosen and tagged, the counter is templated. Thin wood strips are laid over the border of the existing counter and glued together into the shape of the counter top. This design template is required to make the new stone, and the brand-new granite is made to fit the area. The brand-new sink, faucet and any brand-new devices must be in the kitchen when the design template is made. At this time, the homeowner ought to go over with the A&S Granite and Marble crew where the joints will be put and the instructions of the granite vein.
Removal of Existing Materials
The old sink, appliances and counter fixtures should be gotten rid of before the granite can be set up. The electrical power and water are turned off to the kitchen, and the sink is unhooked from the pipes.
A knife cuts away the caulk that holds the sink in location so it can be gotten rid of from the counter. If a backsplash is connected to the counter, it is cut away in the very same way. The counter itself is unscrewed from the cabinets, and any sealant or caulk is removed so the entire counter can be taken out.
Before installing granite countertops
Before the brand-new granite is installed, the cabinets need to be leveled and the new devices installed. If the existing devices are being used, they are set back in location; if new home appliances are installed, they are attached at this time.
The cabinets are examined for level. If they are not level, they may be marked so they can be “shimmed” with little pieces of wood once the counter remains in location. Depending upon the thickness of the granite, an underlayment may be utilized underneath it. This may be MDF or plywood. It is installed on top of the cabinets so the granite can rest on top of it.
The Installation Process
The granite is brought in by a group of our expert installation crew who will install it. It is test fit to the cabinets; if it is not level or square, shims might be used. This is so the granite can be ground down in places to adjust the fit.
High tensile strength adhesives are applied to the edge of the cabinets or underlayment and the granite situated in place on top of it. The weight of the granite along with the adhesive will attach in better ways where it is not screwed to the cabinets the way the laminate was.
The kitchen area sink is undermounted beneath the counter and any surface area cooktops are set up at the exact same time. It is installed last along the back edge of the counter if a granite backsplash is utilized.
Get in touch with A&S Granite and Marble today to find out how your kitchen can be improved. Granite countertops can accentuate the kitchen and bathroom areas. For more information, you can call us at 813-571-1200 . Another easy way to give us a shout is my sending an email with our contact form.