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.
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.
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.
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.