Having granite countertops installed as part of your kitchen remodeling project can be exciting for many homeowners; not only is granite a luxurious and eye-catching stone, but it is extremely durable and easy to care for as well. Before your scheduled installation project, however, there are some things you may want to know so you can prepare.
Before Your Appointment
On the day of your installation appointment (or possibly the night before), it is recommended that you remove all your pots, pans, and other cooking accessories from your lower kitchen cabinets. This is because dust and other debris will likely be kicked up when your existing countertops are removed. The last thing you want is to have to wash all your pots and pans after your granite countertops are installed because they're covered in dust. Having your cabinets emptied out will also give you an opportunity to wipe them down after your new countertops are installed, giving you a "clean slate" before you put everything back.
Removing Old Countertops
Many granite installers will include the removal of your existing countertops as part of their services, but this is not always the case. Be sure to confirm with your installers that they will be handling the removal and disposal of your old countertops. If so, you should prepare for a fair amount of dust and debris. If you have any delicate furniture nearby, you may want to protect it from dust by covering it with blankets or drop cloths.
As your old countertops are removed, it is also possible that some drywall will be chipped or damaged. The good news is that your new countertops will typically cover up this damage; if not, it can always be patched and repaired easily.
Once your old countertops are removed, your new ones will be brought in. Make sure your installers have a clear path from their work truck to your kitchen, as these stone slabs are very heavy and can be cumbersome to move. It is also possible that some holes will need to be drilled in the granite on-site, such as holes for your sink and other plumbing fixtures.
Once your new countertops are installed, they're ready to be used. And by simply taking the time to seal them every few years, you can keep them looking their best. Now that you know what to expect from your granite remodeling project, you can better prepare for your installation date.