Granite Countertops Installation

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Granite is first choice for many new builds and remodeled kitchens and homes. Granite offers an artistic and exclusive impression that cannot be found in other materials used for kitchen countertops. Granite is the hardest material that is available for kitchen countertops and it is also the most expensive material to use. This does not however stop interior designers and home owners using granite.

The majority of the cost isn't just for the granite itself but for the labour costs, such as cutting, polishing and installing. Granite countertops should be left to the professionals to install, do not have the presumption of 'Do it yourself'. This may cost you less but the installation of a granite countertop has to be installed correctly otherwise damages may occur. Installation should be left to the professional however if you do want to reduce the costs preparation and demolition can be done by yourselves. For example, cookers, hobs, sinks and old countertops should be removed the rest should be left to the professionals.

After you have been given a quote and your granite is on order, an indivdual from your supplier will come and template. This is to have correct and precise measurements for your granite countertop. The supplier will take into consideration where the seams will be, obviously the fewer the better as they can be noticeable if there are straight lines within the granite pattern or grain. Whilst creating the template the supplier will also establish if any specialised tools will be required, for example, for the hob and sink cutouts.

Before the installation of the granite countertop can take place, metal rods and plywood may be added to the top of the cabinetry. This is to construct a strong and level support for the countertop to be placed, also additional support may be added for the sink and hob. There can be slight variatons in thickness of the granite so careful attention needs to be taken to prevent the slab from breaking when being installed and used on regular basis. Levelling is a very important process to protect the stone from breaking.

When your granite countertops are ready to be installed the installers will arrive with the slabs that weigh hundreds of kilos/pounds. The slabs have to be correctly transported and carried to reduce the risk of breakage. When being installed the granite has to be laid on to the cabinetry correctly otherwise cracks and breaks could occur during regular use.

Granite slabs are cut with a diamond tipped saw that cuts it to precisely the measurements of the template. There are different profiles that can be chosen to create a smooth outline and joining seams will be sealed to be less notieable. If any other materials are requested, for example, hot rods, the installer will put these in to position and will then apply a finish that will seal and polish the surafce.

Electrical sockets, the sink and the taps will be taken into consideration where they are placed as the thickness of the granite may alter for when these items are re-installed. Adjustments can made by the installers when securing a dishwasher or putting in the hob without effecting the new granite countertop.

Installing a granite kitchen countertop should be left to the professionals and not seen as a 'Do it Yourself' job. Granite maybe the hardest material available however granite can be very delicate when not handled and installed correctly. Adding granite to your kitchen makes it more valuable and attractive to your home.

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