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Countertop Installation Process

Installation of granite in your kitchen or bathroom is one of the best investments you can make for your home. However, it’s anything but easy. The process of choosing and installing granite can be very confusing and misleading. Follow along here and get a few tips to help you maximize your investment as well.

  1. Visit the showroom. Start by going to your granite fabricator’s showroom. At the showroom you will be able to see samples of available stones as well as learn about pricing. Of course, the price will differ depending on which stone you choose.

Typical price ranges per square foot:
Low end: $30 to $45
Middle: $50 to $60
Exotic: $65 and up

  1. Choose your sink. The most common sink is a stainless steel undermount sink. Undermount sinks come in a variety of shapes and sizes; think about your kitchen habits before choosing one.
  1. Choose the edge profile. The edge profile is the design installed on the outer edge of the countertop. Different edges have different prices. We offer most of the popular edges FREE!
  1.  Decide on a backsplash. Decide if you would like to have a granite backsplash. The most common height is a 4-inch backsplash. Most kitchens today have a tile backsplash that starts at the countertop and continues to the upper cabinets.
  1. Think about your faucet layout. The granite fabricator will need to know how many holes to drill in the granite, and may need to see a specification sheet on the faucet you choose.
  1. Visit a stone supplier. Go to a stone supplier to choose your slab. Your granite fabricator will locate full slabs of your selection, and you can pick out which stone will go into your home. Often these suppliers are not directly affiliated with the fabricators and they will not tell you the price of the stones you are viewing. This is why it is important to go to your fabricator’s showroom first or bring a price list from your fabricator with you.
  1. Template time. The fabricators will visit your home and make a wooden replica of your new countertop. It is important that you are there while the fabricators make the template. The fabricators will discuss where they will be putting seams, where the faucet will be located, how much of an overhang you would like and what type of radius you want on the corners. There are always questions that come up that no one has thought to ask yet.
  1. Template layout. Take another trip to the fabrication shop after the template is made. You can tell the fabricators which parts of the stone you want to use.
  1. Installation day. The fabricator will bring the slabs to your home and set them in place. Larger slabs will require a direct line into the house, minimizing the distance the installers will need to carry it. A standard kitchen will take a few hours to install. You will usually have to wait about 24 hours before you can install the faucet and connect the sink drains.

Enjoy your new countertops. Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor for many years to come.