Countertops Installation 101

One of the first steps in the installation process is to select the material and color of the countertops. Typically, the contractor will have a facility with stone and man-made material samples to choose from. Homeowners who choose their own countertop material ensure a color and pattern that is right for their style and taste. Being involved in the process will also help avoid any unpleasant surprises once installation begins.

Before the fabrication, the estimator or template-maker creates detailed templates at the home to make sure every cut is precise. If stone is being installed, workers will then cut and polish the stone using the templates as a guide. If a laminate or solid surface material is being used, the contractor will consult with the homeowner, measuring carefully to ensure the correct dimensions.

Afterward, the installation crew brings the fabricated countertop to your home, removes the old countertops, and installs the new ones. Depending on the size and complexity of the job, the installation process may take more than one day.  The workers typically rip out the old countertops right before installing the new ones, so you can still use the kitchen.  In order to complete installation, they will often need to disconnect the plumbing and gas.
Once the countertops are in place, cook tops, plumbing, garbage disposals, and associated electricity are hooked up or installed. These services are usually outside the stone installer’s scope of work.