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Installing slab granite countertops or quartz countertops is no small feat, but it will make a big impact on the beauty of your home for years to come. Which is why using an expert installer is an absolute must. Here’s what you need to know to make the process as seamless as possible.
Bring in the maestro of measurement. At Carpet Exchange, our first step is to send out a bona fide pro to your home to meticulously measure and make an exact template of your countertops.
Pick out the perfect edge for you. There are a number of edges you can select to finish off your countertop. But hands down, two of the most popular choices around are the eased edge and half-bullnose edge.
THE DAY BEFORE
Clean it up and move it out. Obviously, you’ll need to move anything and everything that’s currently on top of your existing countertops. You’ll also need to remove all the items from inside the cabinets and drawers directly below it.
What to do before the dust flies. Simply put, countertop installation is construction. Naturally, some dust and debris will be created. That’s why you would be wise to cover the entryways to the installation area, not to mention any nearby furniture and floors.
If it’s breakable, move it. Even if some of your cherished belongings aren’t physically in your kitchen or bathroom that’s getting the new countertops, the installers will be hauling in a huge slab of granite or quartz. So be sure that there’s a clear path through your home.
In particular, move anything along that path that might be breakable into another part of your home. Like lamps, vases, wall hangings and other valuables.
Be there, but be safe. You’ll need to be there the day of the installation to let the installers in and to answer any questions they might have. But keep in mind that installation of countertops is dusty and noisy. So it might be a good idea to arrange a play date elsewhere if you have kids or pets. If that’s not feasible, make sure they stay a safe distance away.
A plumber or electrician can hook you up. It’s also not a bad idea to go ahead and schedule a plumber and an electrician to show up the day after your installation. That way they can reconnect any pipes or wires that may have to have been unhooked during the installation process.