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Installation of Granite

Installation of granite can be tricky and time consumer for the do it yourselfer.  If you pride yourself on being able to tackle any project, installing a granite countertop in your kitchen or bathroom may be your next big project.  Below is a list of the main things that need to be done in order to install your granite countertop.

Prior to Installing your Granite Countertop

Once you have your base cabinets installed, leveled and screwed to the walls, you will need to measure for your granite countertops. This is easiest done after you have installed 3/4” plywood to the tops of the cabinets.  Measure your plywood to be even with the backs, sides and front of the cabinets.  To secure the plywood to the cabinets, screw the plywood to the back uprights of the cabinets along the wall. Take a carpenter’s level and make sure the cabinets with the plywood on top are level at this point.  Once this is done, take some craft paper and make a template of the countertop surface. You will need to decide on the color of the granite, the edge (bull nose, squared, or decorative edging) as well as marking which ends need to against a wall or finished off on the granite. Take your template with the measurements to the fabricator to have your granite countertops made. You will probably have to wait about 3-4 weeks for the countertops to me cut and finished and ready for your installation. Since granite is a lifelong stone product, you will want to very precise in your measurements.  Measure twice – cut once.

Installing your granite Countertop

Now that the granite countertop is in from the fabricator, you will need a few friends with muscles to help you maneuver the granite so you can install it.  Since granite typically weighs 200 plus pounds for a normal size slab, you certainly do not want to be doing this job by yourself.  Let’s get your countertop installed.

There are several steps to installation.

  1. Dry fit your granite to the cabinets with the plywood already installed on it. Dry fit simply means placing the granite on top of the plywood to make sure it will fit with no problems. The granite should lay on top of the plywood and drawers and cabinets doors should be able to open and close without touching the granite.
  2. Mark the opening for the sink and any other holes that may need to be made in the granite. Carefully cut the granite and plywood out so that the sink, faucet and any other openings you may need are to the proper size.  In order to start the holes, carefully drill a starter hole and then continue to cut the openings with a sabre saw, being careful to stay on your line, but not more than 1/8” wider.  You want a snug fit.
  3. Level the granite. To level the granite, screw several small screws about 6” apart on the under- side of the plywood so that the screws can be adjusted up or down to level the granite.  Use a carpenter’s level to make sure the granite countertop is level.
  4. Next you will glue the granite in place. Carefully lift the granite slabs and place dollops of silicone about every 6” to 12” apart on the plywood.  Each dollop should be about the size of a 50 cent piece.
  5. Set your granite in place by carefully laying it on top of the silicone. You will then need to fill in the seam.
  6. To fill in the seam of your granite countertop, you will need to have some color matched resin to put into the seam. Put some painter’s tape on either side of the seam making sure to secure so that you don’t scratch the countertop. Once you have mixed the resin, push some of the resin into the granite countertop seam crack, being sure to fill the entire crack up. Once you have the crack filled, clean the excess off with a seam stone.
  7. Place a bead of clear silicone around the edge of the sink to seal it so water will not get on the plywood and damage the plywood underneath.
  8. Wipe your newly installed countertop down with a mild soap and water solution.

After Installation

After you have your granite countertops installed, you will want to wait 24 hours so that the silicone can set up, dry and adhere your granite countertop in place.  If this sounds like a do it yourself project you would like to tackle, it can be a very rewarding project to undertake.  If on the other hand, this sounds like too much to tackle, there are several qualified granite countertop companies in the Denton, Texas area that would be more than happy to do the job for you.

With the beauty and added value of granite countertops, contact Granite Huggers to handle the installation of your granite countertops.