If you’re a homeowner who gets satisfaction from do-it-yourself projects around the home, then this project will certainly test your mettle for such tasks. Though you can benefit from considerable cost savings when installing granite kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops yourself, there are a number of things that you should be aware of before undertaking this challenging endeavor. There are plenty of professionals to choose from to install countertops in Cumming. However, if you are the type that learns easily from a manual or an online video and has experience at doing other do-it-yourself projects, then you’re probably a good candidate to take on this challenge.

Professional countertop installation costs in Cumming can vary and granite countertop installation tends to be more expensive because of the material being installed, but keep in mind that your mistakes—should you make any—can far outweigh your savings. Installing a granite countertop requires specialized skills, tools, and equipment, not to mention the fact that you will need help in moving the material, given its considerable weight. If you don’t have someone who can help you to move the countertop around, then you probably should think about hiring a professional. Otherwise, these tips will come in handy.

Tools and Supplies

Similar to installing any countertop, there are a number of tools that you will need when installing your granite countertop and you should not only be familiar with these tools, but you should have worked with them prior to taking on this project. Whether you rent the tools or own them, any one of the following tools will be necessary for a proper installation: belt sander, scribing tool, filing tool, handsaw, jigsaw, drill, power saw, seam setter, angle grinder with diamond blade, level, tape measure, and caulk gun. In addition, you will need masking tape, acrylic caulk, shims, painter’s tape, two-part epoxy, as well as a sealant to apply once the slab has been installed. In addition, kitchen countertop projects often require the installation of a new sink, garbage disposal, or dishwasher, which require their own set of tools, supplies, and plumbing expertise.

Measurement and Template

If you expect your countertop to fit perfectly, then measuring correctly is the most important thing you can do. Be sure to measure more than once because once a slab has been cut there’s no going back to make adjustments. The best way to ensure that your countertop will be the right size is to create a template from cardboard, plywood, or plastic that you can provide to your fabricator. You will need to scribe the template in a way that it fits tightly along the wall, create cutouts for a sink and cooking tops and holes for any faucets and dispensers. If this seems to be a somewhat daunting task, you can always have the fabricator come out and take all the measurements. Not only will this ensure accuracy, but it will also place liability for any measurement mistakes with the fabricator. Of course, you will have to pay a fee to have this done, but you will have the comfort in knowing that the countertop will fit.

Weight and Support

A finished granite slab usually weighs about 13 pounds per square inch for a thin piece and around 19 pounds per square inch for thicker slabs. Slabs will vary in size, but for a typical 8-foot countertop that is approximately 1-inch thick, figure on your slab weighing about 150 pounds. You’ll need help not only to move it into your kitchen but also to maneuver it into the correct position. If you drop the countertop, not only can you damage the slab but you can also damage your floor and injure yourself in the process. Therefore, if you don’t have a friend or family member who can assist you in moving your countertop into place, then you simply can’t do this project. In addition, your granite countertop is going to require additional support due to its weight. This requires that you install rebar or some such similar support to ensure that your countertop doesn’t crack because of its weight.