HOW TO PREPARE FOR COUNTERTOP INSTALLATION
The most exciting time during your kitchen remodel is when your new countertops arrive! You’ve been waiting for this day, picturing in your mind just how beautiful your new countertops will look and how your kitchen will finally be complete. In preparation for the installation of your quality countertops in Atlanta, the professionals at Atlantis Granite and Marble have a few tips to make your installation as smooth as possible.
Making The Template
The template is the guide your countertop technicians will use to create your new surfaces. Several things need to be in place in order to make the template. If you are also getting new cabinets, those need to be installed before the template can be made to ensure accuracy. Cabinets will need to be plump, squared, leveled, and secured to the walls or floor depending on the design. You must also make sure that your cabinets can handle the weight of your new countertops. Upgrading from standard wood to granite, for example, will require extra bracing.
If you are installing new kitchen accessories like sinks, faucets, or cooktops, make sure your contractor is aware. They will probably request the measurements and specifications of these items so they make the necessary cutouts in your template. It is best to have these items already ordered and onsite for template day. Apron or farmhouse style sinks should be pre-installed before the template is taken.
Before your new countertops arrive, you will want to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning. Clear everything off of your existing countertops and remove everything out of your lower cabinetry. Remove any loose furniture like chairs, stools, or rolling islands and make sure the floor is clear of any possible trip hazards. During the installation process, dust and debris are commonplace, which is why you could have your air vents shut or covered in the affected areas.
Ask your contractor about the best path for the technicians to take to reach your kitchen. Cover that pathway with a construction tarp and move furniture as needed to create an unobstructed path. For extra insurance, remove any breakables along the pathway like lamps, vases, antiques, mirrors, and other valuables in the area. While installation technicians are very careful when entering and moving around your home, accidents can happen. Keep in mind that installation day can be a little chaotic and noisy. If you have children, consider making arrangements so they are not in the house on the day of the installation. If you have pets, please make sure they are put in an area of your home (away from where the installers are working). This is for their safety as well as the safety of the technicians.
Your countertop installer usually disconnects existing plumbing in the affected area. It is best to refer to your local plumber and electrician for reconnection the day after your countertops are installed. Ask your contractor about the removal of sinks, dishwashers, and other major appliances. In rare cases, these will need to be disconnected and removed as well before your countertops can be installed.
Before your new countertops arrive, open the house up to ensure proper ventilation of debris and fumes. Some of the materials used in the installation process, like epoxy and silicone, give off strong odors that can last for a few days. Following installation, your contractor will go over the proper care and maintenance of your new countertops while they are settling. Installing countertops in Atlanta is an exciting remodel, especially once you know what to expect from the process.