The time is near when your much desired stone countertop installation is right around the corner! How exciting. Now that you’ve made most of the decisions that you need for the job, such as which type of stone you’ll be having installed, which edge profile you’ll have, as well as which company will be taking care of your job.
But, is there anything else you should keep in mind? Is there anything you can do to prepare and help your countertop contractors before having your countertop installation done?
There are a couple important things that you should do before your installation. No matter if you’re having a granite countertop installation, quartz countertop installation, or a marble countertop installation, you’ll want to make sure that everything is ready to go so that you have a smooth and seamless installation job.
Let’s examine what you can do just before the countertop installation and also what you’ll need to do to prepare on the day your countertops are ready to be installed.
No matter if your countertop installation is going into a completely new home build, or if you’re having your current countertops removed, there are a few key things you should be sure to do. Typically before your installation, you’ll have a template day, which is the day where the countertop contractors come in to do the verifications of measurement and confirm all of the details.
To be prepared for this day, there are a few things you can do to make sure your countertop installation is completed exactly as you had in mind:
1. Make Sure Decision-Makers are Present
When your countertop contractors arrive, they’re going to need to verify a variety of different elements and if there are any last-minute or unexpected decisions, someone who can make decisions will need to be consulted to make sure that your countertop installation is executed perfectly. The contractors will also confirm all final details.
2. Have Your Cabinets Ready
Your cabinets should be level and secured to the floor; if these are part of the remodel or build, make sure that these are already installed before your countertop contractors come in so that they can get the precise measurements.
Your faucets and other elements that are going to be part of the installation should also be present for the template, so it’s a good idea to be prepared and make sure all of that stuff is on site the day that your contractors come.
Also, if you are doing a remodel and have things on your current countertops, it’s a good idea to clear that off so that your countertop contractors can get more accurate measurements.
3. Ensure All Appliances are in Place
For the most accurate measurements possible, all of your appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers, should be in place. That way, all of the final measurements can be executed in a way that incorporates all of the elements of your kitchen remodel, and not just the countertops themselves.
So, once your template day is over, you’ll get the final confirmation for your countertop installation. Let’s now take a look at what you can do to have a smooth countertop installation day!
Day of Countertop Installation: How to Prepare
The day has finally arrived, and everyone is really excited! Today will be the day that you get a beautiful look at your granite, quartz, or marble countertops.
Here are they key things you can do to be as prepared as possible for your countertop installation to go off without a hitch:
1. Disconnect Plumbing
Your Vancouver countertops team of experts will usually give you information about this in advance. This is usually done by a licensed plumber, but discuss your options with your countertop contractors.
Some properties have a shut-off valve at the kitchen sink, but if not, you’ll have to shut off the water for your whole house, so make sure that you keep this in mind in advance.
You may also need to consider any electrical needs or reconnections, so discuss this with your countertop contractors to make sure you have a game plan.
2. Move Appliances and Clear the Area
While you had your appliances in place during the template, during the installation it’s important that you clear them from the area for an easier installation. Your countertop contractors will need to make a variety of maneuvers to get your lovely countertops in place, so clearing these items can help to make the workspace more efficient and avoid any mishaps.
Also, remove all of the items that may be stored within your cabinets and drawers. This will help to make the job easier and also to avoid any items inside becoming covered in dust and debris.
3. Cover Surrounding Area and Furniture
Since the job may take a while and there may be some flying dust or debris, covering surrounding areas is a good idea.
Shut nearby doors, and cover any vents or surrounding areas and furniture with tarps or cloths. It’s also a good idea to turn off your air conditioner, as debris and dust can be spread around through the vents if they’re not covered or are circulating.
This will make the cleanup so straightforward and you’ll be even happier with your countertop installation.
4. Clear a Path to the Kitchen
Make sure that you create a smooth and flowing path to your kitchen; if there are furniture or other items that minimize space, try to move them out of the way so that the countertop contractors have the easiest access possible to your kitchen.
It’s also a good idea to cover these areas (walls and floors, or surrounding furniture) with tarps or cloth for protection and easy cleanup. A decision-maker or supervisor over the age of 18 should be present for the installation.
Wrap-Up: Preparing for Your Countertop Installation
So, there you have it-- the best ways to prepare in the time coming up to your countertop installation as well as the day of.
Your countertop contractors will make sure to keep you informed and also help you to prepare as the time gets closer, but this is a great start to being prepared for your new countertops.
All of these tips work for the most common types of stone countertops -- quartz countertops, marble countertops, and granite countertops, so you won’t have to worry about doing any stone-specific work. If there are any special requirements for your specific property, your countertop contractors will let you know.
Stone materials are really popular for most Vancouver countertops installation, so reach out to Vancouver Countertop Installation and our team of experts will be happy to help you design and install the countertops you’ve always dreamed of!