The 6 Steps to the Granite Countertop Installation Process

Posted on: 5 June 2017

If you want to upgrade your kitchen so that you have granite countertop, it is best to make sure that you understand the installation process. This will give you a better idea of how long the installation process will take and how much it will cost you.

#1 Choose Color and Pattern

The first thing that are going to need to do is choose the color and pattern of granite that you want installed in your home. There are a wide range of colors and patterns that you can choose from, with different colors and patterns either greatly increasing or decreasing your overall costs of your project. Figuring out and choosing the pattern and color for your granite tiles will give you a better idea of the overall cost of your project.

#2 Create a Template

Once you choose the color and pattern of your granite, your contractor is going to need to make a template for your counters. This will require them to come out to your home, measure your counter space, and create a detailed template or stencil that they will use to cut down the granite stones that you purchase to size. This is when you need to decide the shape of your countertops; if you don't like the layout, now is when you need to speak up and make changes to your countertop layout so that template is accurate.

#3 Choose the Stone

Picking the color and pattern is just the first step. Second, you are going to need to choose the exact stone that you want used on your countertops. You will have to pick out the slab that you want. From one slab to the next, even with the same colors and patterns, the effects can greatly vary. You may have one slab that you want used for your island that is more intricate, and a simpler patterned stone that you want to use for the countertop next to your sink.

Your contractor should allow you to pick out the actual slabs of stones that you want to use and choose where you want to use them in your layout.

#4 Cut the Stone

Once you pick the specific slab of stone that you want to use, your contractor is going to then cut the stone down to size using the template that you provided them with. They will smooth down the edges and ensure that the stone is ready to be installed.

#5 Get Your Kitchen Ready

While your contractors are creating your countertops, you are going to want to get your kitchen ready. Your contractors are going to need full access to your kitchen and you are most likely going to need to remove all of the appliances in your kitchen so that the countertops can be properly installed. If this is not something you can do on your own, let your contractor know so that they can arrange to move and put these items back in place for you.

#6 Install the Countertop

On the actual installation day, the contractors will bring in the counters that they have pre-cut at their shop. They will use silicone caulk and other hardeners to attach the stone to your countertop. If necessary, they will sand down and recut the stones on site to ensure that the they perfectly on your countertops. Then, you'll need to let your countertops sit for a couple of days before putting your appliances back in place. 

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