One of the most popular types of kitchen countertops today is the granite countertop, with thousands of granite countertops being installed in homes across the country each year. Granite is one of the most expensive materials to create a kitchen countertop out of, but the properties of the granite make it one of the best materials to create a countertop out of. Granite countertops are not only beautiful, but are sturdy and durable as well, lasting for many years in perfect condition and rarely needing repairs or replacement.|
The first step in obtaining a granite kitchen countertop for your home is to measure and map out where you would like the countertop to go. This is just as important for a smaller kitchen as it is for a larger kitchen. By accurately measuring the area where the countertop will be placed and planning how you would like the countertop to look, you will know exactly how much of the granite countertop to order and will avoid unpleasant surprises in the future.
Once the amount of granite countertop that will be needed for the kitchen has been determined, the countertop will need to be ordered from the homeowner’s chosen manufacturer. The price of the granite countertop will generally include both the manufacture of the countertop and the installation of the countertop into the home. The exception to this rule is when the person has purchased a pre-fabricated granite countertop kit from a home improvement store or has ordered one to be delivered to their home.
Before the new countertop can be installed, the area where the countertop will be located will need to be prepared for the new installation. The previous countertop and base cabinetry will need to be demolished and removed and the wall should be prepared for the new installation with cleaning and a new coat of paint. This is especially important if the new countertop is going to be higher or lower than the previous countertop.
Once the area has been prepared for the installation, the base cabinetry can be installed in their proper places. When the base cabinetry is arranged properly, the countertop can be installed on the top, following the instructions obtained from the manufacturer of the countertop because countertops made by different manufacturers will have different installation instructions. The instructions that are included with do it yourself granite countertop kits are generally easy to understand, requires few tools, and can be finished within several hours of starting the installation.