Tips for installing your granite countertops

Granite counter tops. At one point they were a major status symbol. Nowadays, they are simply the best counter tops for those who are looking for durability as well as aesthetic value. Not only are they incredibly hard-wearing, but they are also incredibly beautiful once they have been installed. Before going about the installation process, however, be sure that you know exactly what you are doing. The first thing that you should know is how to source the perfect granite for your kitchen. There are a few different types that you can get. You can, of course, opt for the ever-popular black granite, which will match any interior décor without any effort on your part whatsoever.

The two other options available to you include the brown granite designs, which are usually peppered with splashes of white, as well as the white granite which looks a lot like sandstone.

Now for the installation process. The first thing that you need to do is to measure your counter tops and make sure that you have disconnected all of your appliances and gas lines if you are working in your kitchen. The reason for this is that you do not want any electricity or gas to interfere with your work on the counter tops. Make sure that you remove whatever countertops exist first, as they will be replaced with the granite ones. It should be relatively easy if you have the correct tools and if the countertops are wood or laminate, but if they are stone, it is best to get the professionals involved so that they can assist you with safe removal.

Make sure that you have got your materials for your substrate, which will support the granite. This usually consists of a cement board and a plywood board. The plywood board will be the first thing that you put down, as well as your cement board on top of it, so you need to make sure that you have these. When you are cutting your plywood board, make sure that you leave openings where necessary. Do the same with your cement board.

Another thing that will make the installation process easier is to make sure that you re-enforce the overhang of the granite. If you do not do this, you might find that you have unsupported granite.

Also make sure that you have got all of your back splashes prepared, as these are pivotal in upholding the aesthetic value of your kitchen.

Get the best in granite

Make sure that you follow the tips, but also get the best type of granite for your countertops. If not, then make sure that you get the professionals to do it for you. This way, you will always be pleased with the end result.

Want the very best? Here at Velvet Moon Stones, we are proud to say that we can provide you with the best in stones as well as granite. For more info, feel free to visit www.velvetmoon.co.za

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